• K-12 Reading Additional License

    Hamline's K-12 Reading License prepares teachers to foster growth, development, and success for all learners. The six course program helps teachers get to the heart of what effective reading instruction is all about. With a variety of strategies in K-12 student assessment, evaluation and instruction, the program supports a practical, research-based approach to teaching reading.

    The licensed reading teacher will be authorized to teach reading skills, strategies, and comprehension to kindergarten through grade 12 students.

    Who May Enroll

    Anyone with an initial teaching license and a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 can be admitted in the K-12 Reading License program. A Minnesota teaching license is required for acquiring this additional license. 


    The K-12 Reading License program consists of six required courses totaling 15 credits. Reading license courses are offered both online and on Hamline’s Saint Paul campus.

    View a list of required courses with descriptions >

    Field Experience Requirement

    One of the most significant ways teachers develop an understanding of the teaching/learning process is through direct experiences with K-12 students. The Reading License program requires a field experience in four of the six courses, with at least one experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    Learn more about the field experience requirement >

    Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE)

    Candidates for the Minnesota K-12 Reading License will be required to pass the MTLE Reading Teacher test. Students are encouraged to take the MTLE exam at or near the end of their Hamline K-12 Reading License coursework. 

    Visit the MTLE site >


    Reading Licensure Advisor
    Julie Doyle, jdoyle02@hamline.edu

    Department Chair
    Karen Moroz, Ed.D., kmoroz01@hamline.edu

    Certificate Disclosures

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

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