Reading Interventionist Certificate


Literacy skills are at the heart of education. Bushnell’s Reading Intervention Certificate program equips current and aspiring teachers to strengthen students’ reading skills and prepare them for success both in and out of the classroom, preparing teachers to become reading specialists and improve their knowledge and skills in teaching reading. You’ll be equipped with the ability to assess reading difficulties, improve reading instruction to individual students as well as work to collaborate to create an enriched school-wide reading program.

Credits 18*| Cost/Credits $735 | Completion 9 Months | Format Hybrid| Starts Every July

*Students who do not hold a teaching license will take one additional course

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Hailey Headlee
Admissions Counselor, Teacher Ed Grad Programs


Suzanne Price, M. Ed.
Associate Dean, School of Education


Why Choose Bushnell?

The Reading Interventionist Specialty endorsement program at Bushnell University trains educators to assess and address the individual reading needs of students who struggle with reading. The program provides training in evidence-based interventions, assessment techniques, and effective communication with families and colleagues to support students literacy development.

Program Format

This program is offered in a hybrid format, with some coursework delivered fully online and others offered in the evening on the Bushnell campus. Cohorts will begin each summer session 2 (in July) and complete the curriculum together in one year.

Students can also add a Reading Interventionist endorsement within their Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education program.


For a full course description, click here.

  • *Exceptional Learners
  • Foundations and Current Issues in Literacy
  • Best Practices in Reading and Writing
  • Culturally Responsive Literacy
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Diagnostic Assessment and Application of Reading Research
  • Reading and Writing in Content Areas
  • Reading Practicum
  • Reading Interventionist Practices


The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and prepares graduates to incorporate safe and effective practices in special education.

Admissions Requirements

  1. A free application for admission
  2. Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. A statement of purpose 2-3 pages double spaced that clearly indicates career history, professional goals, and professional guiding principles
  4. Current resume
  5. One letter of recommendation that specifically addresses the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant
  6. Two disposition assessments
  7. A personal interview with the admissions committee
  8. Applicants must hold a current teaching license


Hailey Headlee
Admissions Counselor, Teacher Ed Grad Programs


Suzanne Price, M. Ed.
Associate Dean, School of Education



  1. How much does the program cost?

Graduate certificates are offered at the same cost per credit as the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Current tuition and fees are listed here. Certificates range from 8-18 credits, depending on the chosen endorsement area. When making plans, prospective students should also consider expenses such as textbooks and a parking pass.

  1. How long does it take to complete the program?

Students can complete any of our certificate programs in just under one year.

  1. Can I work while doing this program?

Students who are currently teaching in the same subject as their endorsement program may be able to utilize their teaching position to fulfill their practicum requirements, and it would be feasible to fulfill professional responsibilities while in the program. However, if students are currently teaching a subject that is different than the certificate program, they will need to adjust their work schedule to complete their student teaching practicum.

  1. Is Bushnell accredited?

Yes. Our certificate programs are accredited through TSPC (Teacher Standards and Practices Commission).

Have other questions? Contact our admission counselor for education programs at 541-684-7201.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Reading Interventionist Certificate, candidates:

• Gain experience in the understanding and teaching of reading and writing
• Develop holistic pedagogical knowledge and practices for literacy instruction and intervention
• Develop the skills and dispositions for literacy leadership

Clinical Practices

During school-based clinical practices, the candidate will work closely with a certified teacher, in their area of concentration, and will create a work sample with supervised support. Candidates will use a variety of research-based educational practices that reflect how students learn, are sensitive to individual differences, and address the needs of diverse populations.

Licensure Requirements

Requests to add an endorsement require an application and fee as well as other evidence to process. For more information on specific steps to add endorsements to teaching licenses, click here.


Candidates seeking a specialty endorsement are required to pass a content knowledge test mandated by the state of Oregon for teacher licensure.

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