Rank I Post Masters Program with a Reading and Writing Endorsement (non-degree program)

Bellarmine University’s Rank I Post-Masters Program option with a Reading and Writing Endorsement (Grades P—12) offers educators an in-depth study of teaching and learning, and literacy leadership. This endorsement will allow the classroom teacher to explore literacy issues related to elementary, middle, and high school students with an emphasis in issues related to struggling readers. In addition, the candidate will examine theoretical models and processes of literacy and will investigate the political underpinnings of literacy in America.

All students seeking an endorsement in Reading and Writing must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.67 throughout this program and successfully complete both the practicum experience and exit interview. Acceptance into this program requires the student to hold a valid classroom teaching certificate.

Program Courses

LITR 535 The Teaching of Reading (Prerequisite—undergraduate reading methods is accepted.)
LITR 545 Reading in the Content Areas
LITR 621 Strategic Reading and Writing
LITR 622 Emergent Literacy
LITR 625 Theory & Politics of Reading
LITR 627 Teaching Writing: A Workshop Approach
LITR 663 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

Admission to the Literacy Leadership & Practicum course requires completion of the above courses and successful completion of comprehensive exams.

LITR 670 Literacy Leadership and Practicum

Additional hours necessary for full Rank I status will be determined with the faculty advisor given the candidate’s academic background and professional goals.

Program Completion Requirements

  • A program of studies requiring a minimum of 60 hours graduate level course work (including the masters degree) with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average throughout the program of studies.
  • A minimum of 15 hours graduate credit earned in residence at Bellarmine University is required for the School of Education to recommend a candidate for Rank I status. All credit hours must have faculty advisor approval.