SEDC and USOE are offering classes to teachers who wish to acquire a Reading Endorsement.

Foundations of Literacy Instruction-EDRG5340

 The purpose of this graduate-level course is to help practicing teachers acquire foundational and 

declarative knowledge about literacy instruction. This includes historical perspectives on reading
instruction, an introduction to theories and models of literacy acquisition, and discussions of research
related to lifelong literacy and its instructional implications. An examination of the history of the field
of literacy will include the debates and various stances of reading researchers and the instructional
directives developed as a result of the research.

All K-12 teachers need to understand literacy growth at each stage of students’ development and be
able to nurture that growth. Teachers in grades 4-12 need to understand early reading techniques,
and it is equally important for teachers of K-3 students to understand the reading challenges of
students in 4-12. It is essential for all K-12 teachers to attend to the diversity in learning styles and
needs as they relate to students’ abilities to read and write.



Leslie Adams is the Title I/Literacy Coordinator for Iron County School District.  She has been an educator for 28 years, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades, struggling readers, and adults.  Leslie has a Master of Education degree, a Level II Reading Endorsement, is a certified Early, Next, and Higher Steps trainer, and is a certified regional LETRS trainer. Along with her district position, Leslie is currently working with the Utah State Office of Education as a writer for the Language Arts Core Academy.



Classes will be held in a maximum of 6 sites (28 seats) via IVC within the SEDC Region, including, but not limited to:

SEDC Office in Cedar City

Beaver U

Kane District Office

Washington County (TBD)

Garfield District Office

Millard District Office

Various Schools


Class is open to all Teachers in the above Districts, including those in Charter Schools. Sites will be determined after registration, as location depends on need.


Dates and Times


Start Date is January 14, 2014. Classes will be held one evening (4:00 to 8:00) a week for 10 weeks.



There  will be a nominal cost charged by Weber University to process credits.


This class is currently full, please fill out the form to be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by January 10 if a seat opens.
To register, fill out the form here-