Reading Endorsement


Program allows teachers to complete reading endorsement courses in one summer

Teachers seeking to advance their careers can fast-track their plans by enrolling in Bluffton University’s summer reading endorsement program. Licensed teachers, who took a phonics class during their undergraduate studies, can add the reading endorsement to their teaching license by taking as few as four classes from Bluffton University during the summer of 2019. The four mandatory classes will be offered primarily during the months of June and July. The first set of online classes will take place from June 10-July 5 and the second set from July 8-Aug. 2. Experiential learning hours can then be completed in the participants own classroom or school. The program fulfills the Ohio Assessments for Educators requirements to take the reading endorsement examination.

“Our reading endorsement program prepares teachers to develop a greater insight into the process it takes to become a skilled reader and to grow in their knowledge base so they can help children of all ages,” said Dr. Amy Mullins, director of graduate programs in education. “Our instructors are experts in the field, and we have a quality program that is flexible to fit the needs of the working teacher.”

Once teachers complete the summer reading endorsement program, they can continue their studies and earn a Master of Art in Education from Bluffton with six additional core classes. Bluffton’s MAEd program is committed to offering graduate-level courses in a cost-effective and convenient way. All classes in the program are offered either online or through videoconferencing. The MAEd program has several start dates each year, including the summer, which gives working professionals the flexibility to determine when they are able to take on extra coursework.

“Classroom teachers are inundated with so many tasks and responsibilities that it can be difficult to earn those extra classes that will allow them to improve their skillsets and advance in their career,” said Dr. Mullins. “So we’re offering the program to teachers in the summer, when they have a little bit of a break, which will allow them to fully delve into the coursework.”

For more information or to enroll in Bluffton’s summer reading endorsement program, contact Bluffton’s Office of Admissions at or 419-358-3257.