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 Pathways
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 Professional Development Director.
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 by filling out this application. The application will be scored using this rubric. If more information is needed, please contact the Just Read, Florida! office at 850-245-0503.
Teachers who have one of the approved certificates may apply to the Bureau of Certification to have the Reading Endorsement added to their Florida Teaching Certificate.
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.
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.