Program Contact

Dr. Cindy Zahn


Accredited Online Coursework

The Title I Reading Credential program is intended for students pursuing a major, or professionals with a current endorsement, in elementary education. Based on Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the purpose of the Title I credential is to put qualified teachers in the field to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments (U.S. Department of Education).

Study Online

All coursework leading to the Title I Reading Credential is offered online from VCSU. 

Practical Experience

EDUC 431 is a sixty-hour field experience in which a student is placed with a certified Title I teacher in an elementary school setting. 

Title I Reading Credential

1. Hold a valid North Dakota educator's professional license. 

2. Have a major or endorsement in elementary education. 

3. Complete the following courses:

Course  Credits
EDUC 375 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 2
EDUC 430 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties 3
EDUC 431 Practicum in Corrective Reading (Elementary) 2

4. Complete a minimum of eight semester hours in no fewer than three courses. The coursework must consist of no more than two classes from each of the following areas:

Early Childhood

EDUC 310 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 313 Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education 2

Research & Literature in Reading/Language Arts

EDUC 321 Foundation of Reading Instruction 3
EDUC 323 Methods of Reading in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 330 Children's Literature 3

Exceptional Child

EDUC 240 Educating Exceptional Students 3
EDUC 340 Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities 3