Awards & Grants

Certificate of Distinction for the Reading Preparation of Elementary and Secondary Teachers

This certification program is no longer available. For additional information, contact research@reading.org.

Certificate of Distinction seal

The Certificate of Distinction program from the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association) honors outstanding reading preparation of teachers. The Certificate of Distinction is for any graduate or undergraduate program that prepares individuals for initial licensure/certification as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher.

"Program" may refer to several different types of entities:

  • An entire elementary and/or secondary initial preparation program
  • A subprogram within an elementary or secondary preparation program
  • Other clearly defined university entities to which the word "program" applies

Recognized programs

updated April 2011

Alabama

University of Alabama
Program: Multiple abilities K–6, Elementary teacher preparation
Recognized: May 2009
Expiration: May 2016

University of Alabama
Program: K–6, Elementary teacher preparation
Recognized: April 2010
Expiration: April 2017

Florida

Florida International University
Program: Elementary education K–6, TESOL endorsement
Recognized: May 2009
Expiration: May 2016

Indiana

University of Indianapolis
Program: Elementary education teacher preparation
Recognized: November 2008
Expiration: May 2016

Kansas

Emporia State University
Program: Elementary teacher preparation, K–6
Recognized: May 2009
Expiration: May 2016

Maryland

Mount St. Mary's University
Program: Elementary education
Recognized: April 2011
Expiration: April 2018

Pennsylvania

West Chester University
Program: Elementary education, PreK–8 and Early childhood, Pre-K–4
Recognized: April 2011
Expiration: April 2018

Texas

Texas Christian University
Program: EC-6 program, Elementary teacher preparation K–6 with special education or ESL
Recognized: May 2009
Expiration: May 2016

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Program: Interdisciplinary learning and teaching EC-4 and 4–8, Elementary teacher preparation and early childhood program with a reading emphasis
Recognized: May 2008
Expiration: May 2015