Reading Specialist

Add-on certification must be added to a valid Louisiana teaching certificate. 

Coursework Requirements

Southeastern Course Used  Louisiana State Department Category
EDUC 657 or 677 Foundations of Reading
EDUC 661 or 678 Diagnosis and correction of reading to include a Practicum (6 semester hours)
EDUC 665 or 666
EDUC 664 Reading in the Content Area

Additional Louisiana State Department of Education Certification Requirements:

  • Master's Degree earned at a regionally accredited college or university
  • Three years of experience in the licensed or certified field

Note: Reading Specialist Certification will be valid for teaching and/or supervision of reading in grades 1-12.


Upon completing all requirements, the teacher's district will send an Evaluation, Add-On, Course Approval & Name Change Application (Application Type - EV) and any other documents (e.g., transcripts) to the Louisiana State Department of Education to add the new area to the existing teaching certificate.