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Reading Endorsement

Reading Endorsement

The Just Read, Florida! office spearheaded the effort to revise the Reading Endorsement in 2011 to incorporate new research conducted since the National Reading Panel Report. Dr. Barbara Foorman, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, and Dr. Janice Dole served as framers and reviewers for this project. These experts delineated the content of new research and provided the framework for a team of writers representing various locations in Florida and populations impacted by the Reading Endorsement (ESE, ELL, higher education, etc.). The writers collaborated to develop the new endorsement which was approved by the State Board of Education in September 2011. In the fall of 2019, new pathways were identified for educators to obtain the Reading Endorsement. By allowing more teachers the opportunity to secure a Reading Certification or Reading Endorsement, teachers will have the opportunity to impact more students by implementing best practices.

Reading Endorsement Competencies 2011 (PDF)

Reading Endorsement State Board of Education Rule 6A-4.0163, F.A.C.

Reading Endorsement Pathways

State Reading Endorsement Pathways

Literacy Matrix

The University of Florida Lastinger Center Literacy Matrix provides Florida’s educators an online pathway to earn the Reading Endorsement. Educators are given the opportunity to apply research-based strategies for each competency with customized learning pathways to fulfill individual needs. Courses are asynchronous and facilitated by a navigator with expertise in reading instruction. Please contact or your district's main Professional Learning Contact to see if this pathway is available in your district.

Reading Foundations and Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Pathway

The Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University has developed the Reading Foundations and Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Pathway to support educators in earning the Reading Endorsement. This pathway requires participants to complete all five reading endorsement competencies. Courses are delivered by certified Literacy Cadre Trainers in participating school districts through in-person trainings and/or synchronous virtual meetings. Please contact your district’s main Professional Learning Contact to see if this pathway is available in your district.

Florida District Add-on Program for Currently Employed Educators

Teachers who are currently employed in a Florida school district may add the Reading Endorsement to their certificate through an approved district add-on program. For more information, please contact your district's main Professional Learning Contact.

Educator Obtains Certificate from an Internationally Recognized Organization that Meets Florida Competencies

​Internationally recognized organizations that award a Reading Certificate may apply to have their certificate program recognized as fulfilling the requirements of the Reading Endorsement. To apply, please contact the Just Read, Florida! office at or 850-245-0503.

Teachers who have one of the approved certificates may apply to the Bureau of Educator Certification to have the Reading Endorsement added to their Florida Teaching Certificate.

List of Approved Internationally Recognized Organizations (PDF)

Reading Certification Exam

If you are currently employed by a school district in Florida and would like to attain the Reading Endorsement through the Reading Certification Exam, please visit the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) site to register for the Reading Certification Exam.

Other Educators

If you are not currently employed by a school district in Florida, do not hold a valid Florida Educator Certificate, or you hold a Reading certificate from another state, please visit the Bureau of Educator Certification’s homepage for detailed information on the application process and paths to certification including reciprocity with other states.