LEC education department adds 4+1 track for reading endorsement


In a move to best meet the needs of the next generation of educators, Lake Erie College’s School of Education and Professional Studies will soon offer a 4+1 degree track for reading endorsements.

Through this offering, students pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in education with licensures in early childhood education PreK-3rd or mild-moderate intervention specialist (MMIS) may also earn their reading endorsements the year following the successful completion of their initial licensure requirements. In other words, students may earn the reading endorsement via two full-time semesters of coursework (12 credit hours) immediately following graduation from the 4-year degree program.

LEC’s new 4+1 reading endorsement track exemplifies the College’s efforts to position students for postgraduate success.

“The reading endorsement licensure is often required for employment by school districts,” said Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies and associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education. “By providing a 4+1 endorsement track we’re enabling students to get the most bang for their buck in an abbreviated time frame while cultivating skills that will serve them as lifelong educators.”

Lake Erie College education students may automatically enter the endorsement program after being accepted to the College as undergraduate students. Each students’ coursework for the reading endorsement will begin the semester immediately following his or her completion of the undergraduate program, be that in the spring, summer or fall semester.

As it stands, the State of Ohio requires the reading endorsement to be completed at the graduate level, making LEC’s 4+1 track especially convenient for new educators looking to establish themselves in the field.

Additional convenience comes in the form of 100% online courses, allowing students to begin work in the field while simultaneously completing the reading endorsement from the comfort of their homes.
Several education graduates from the December Class of 2017 have already progressed into the reading endorsement program, enabling them to earn their endorsements by this coming August.

“The fully online classes have been incredibly convenient as I work full-time,” said alumna Shelbi Guy, who holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and MMIS. “The program is affordable and convenient – I recommend it to any education major!”

The next cohort of eligible students will proceed into the reading endorsement track this May for the summer semester. For more information on the new 4+1 reading endorsement track, contact Dr. Delavan at kdelavan@lec.edu.

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