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North Carolina Reading Licensure

The Reading Education Program Area in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction provides educators with the opportunity to complete the requirements for the North Carolina A-Level and M-Level Reading Licenses. The North Carolina Reading License is an add-on license; that is, it is added onto an existing teaching license. In order to be eligible to receive the reading license, one must hold a current, valid North Carolina teaching license. The reading license is a K-12 license.

Coursework and competencies for the reading license include reading foundations, diagnostic/clinical and reading assessment, word recognition including phonics instruction, content area reading instruction, language arts instruction, children's/adolescent literature. All coursework must be approved by the Area Coordinator for Reading Education. Most of the required courses have both online and face-to-face sections.

According to very recent North Carolina legislation action, there are now several options for obtaining a N. C. Reading License. These options are as follows:

Successful completion of the PRAXIS "Teaching Reading" (0204) examination only; no reading or reading-related coursework would be required.

Successful completion of 18 semester hours (s.h.) of approved READ designated or READ-related courses and successful completion of the PRAXIS "Teaching Reading" (0204) examination.


Successful completion of 24 semester hours (s.h.) of approved READ designated or READ-related courses only. No PRAXIS examination in reading is required.

Successful completion of the M.A.Ed. in Reading Education degree and program. No PRAXIS examination is required.


If a current, valid, North Carolina M-Level license is presently held , then it is possible to add the M-Level Reading License without pursuing a degree. This involves successful completion of 18 s.h. of approved graduate level READ designated or READ-related courses and the PRAXIS "Reading Specialist" (0300) examination. Another option is to complete 24 s.h. of approved graduate level READ designated or READ-related courses; no PRAXIS examination is required.

Please note: 

  • All coursework taken at ECU and/or through other institutions of higher education that is considered for application to the reading license must be approved by Ms. Susan Morgan, Coordinator, Office of Alternative Licensure, ( (252)328-4125.
  • When selecting from the above options, please also confirm with your school system or place of employment their requirements, for obtaining add-on reading licensure.

Link for NC Praxis Test Requirements

Those who already have a teaching license and who wish to consider adding on a reading license through East Carolina University are encouraged to contact the Area Coordinator for Reading:
Dr. Johna Faulconer
233 Speight Bldg.
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: (252) 328-5570


For more information, contact:

Dr. Johna Faulconer
Program Area Coordinator
233 Speight Building

Mrs. Kim Williams
Administrative Support Associate