• Teach reading, teach success.

    With too many children struggling to read, educators play a pivotal role in providing students a tool they need to succeed—literacy. The foundations of critical thinking, concept development, and reasoning and comprehension all have cornerstones in literacy, and no one is better equipped to strengthen that skill than you.

    With a K-12 Reading License from Hamline, you will: 

    • Identify key skills, strategies, and concepts central to reading achievement.
    • Become skilled at adapting your reading instruction to meet the needs of students at all reading levels.
    • Learn what it takes to be a literacy leader through immersion in the field.

    Program Overview  

    Program delivery

    Online and on-campus offerings

    Program start

    Fall, spring, and summer terms

    Time to complete

    12 months


    14 credits


    • LANG 8300 - The Nature of Literacy Learning and Effective Instructional Practices (4 credits) previously Essentials in Literacy 
    • LANG 8310 - Critical Literacy: Fostering Equity, Access, and Varied Perspectives, (2 credits) previously Critical Literacy 
    • LANG 8320 - Digital Literacies: Advancing Comprehension (2 credits) previously Reading Strategies 
    • LANG 8330 - Identifying and Meeting Student Needs: Formative and Summative Reading Assessments and Interventions (4 credits) previously Reading Assessment and Evaluation, K-12
    • LANG 8340 - Critical Issues in Literacy Leadership: Understanding and Advocating at Local, State, and National Levels (2 credits) previously Introduction to Literacy Leadership 


    • Participate in at least one field experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. You may also work with students in your own educational setting.


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    Candidates are required to pass the Reading Teacher Test as part of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations to receive a license.

    Make Your Credits Count For More

    Your coursework in the K-12 Reading Additional License program may be applied to fulfill elective requirements in the Master of Arts in Literacy Education and the Master of Arts in Education.

    Disclosure Information

    K-12 Reading Additional License Gainful Employment  

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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about enrolling in the Additional Licensure program.

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  • ABE Licensure Option

    Interested in an ABE license to teach in Minnesota? Learn more about our ABE Licensure program.

    State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.   

    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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