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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:

 

  • For the N.C. A-Level Reading License and for those who hold a clear license in a teaching area:  Successful completion of the PRAXIS "Teaching Reading" (0204) examination only; no reading or reading-related coursework would be required.
  • For the N.C. A-Level Reading License:  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. 
  • For the N.C. A-Level Reading License: Successful completion of 24 semester hours (s.h.) of approved READ designated or READ-related courses only.  No PRAXIS examination in reading is required.
  • For the N.C. M-Level (Advanced Competencies) Reading License:  Successful completion of the M.A.Ed. in Reading Education degree and program.  No PRAXIS examination is required.
  • For the N.C. M-Level (Advanced Competencies) Reading LicenseIf 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, (morgans@ecu.edu) (252)328-4125. 
  • Please note: 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: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nc/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

e-mail:  faulconerj@ecu.edu 


 

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