If you are seeking courses to meet the AZ K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirement, Dyslexia Designee requirement, or a certification phonics/dyslexia deficiency, read carefully the details below.
K-5 Literacy Endorsement Training
Are you looking for a training course that meets the requirements for the 90-hour, Arizona K-5 Literacy Endorsement Training? Keys to Literacy is an approved provider of training for this professional development.
About the K-5 Literacy Endorsement Training (K-5 LET)
This 90-hour training course is required for K-5 classroom teachers, K-3 early childhood educators, interventionists, literacy coaches, and special education teachers. The training must include completion of Part A and Part B (45 hours each), and must be completed by July 1, 2028. In addition to completing an approved course, a Foundations of Reading assessment taken through ADE must be passed. To learn more, visit the ADE website or click here for an ADE video about K-5 LET.
Why choose Keys to Literacy to provide K-5 LET training to educators in your school or district?
Keys to Literacy is a nationally recognized leader in the field of literacy professional development and our trainers have deep knowledge and experience about research-based, science-of-reading instruction practices. Our practical, approved course helps participants make connections to classroom instruction and is economically priced. We are one of the few vendors that are approved to provide a combination of Parts A and B.
Course Format Options for Completing the Parts A and B Requirement
Schools and districts have a choice of format for completing our course that meets both the Part A and Part B requirements:
- Facilitated Online Course: combines 52-hours of online courses with 15 hours of virtual-live meeting facilitated by a Keys trainer, plus 24 hours of independent work.
- Virtual-Live or Live-Onsite Training: combines 66 hours of live course delivery (12 days), plus 24 hours of independent work.
Download a brochure with details and costs about how a school or district can schedule training. Keys to Literacy will work with you to develop a flexible schedule to complete the training before the 2028 deadline that meets the needs of your educators. Contact us to develop a plan.
Asynchronous Online Option for Completing the Part B Requirement
AZ ADE has approved a Keys to Literacy asynchronous, online option for completing Part B only. This option combines our Keys to Beginning Reading and Understanding Dyslexia courses into a single, 45-hour course.
- Individuals can click here to register for this course titled AZ Keys to Beginning Reading and Understanding Dyslexia, Part B K-5 Literacy Endorsement ($449). A Certificate of Completion can be accessed at the end of the course once the full course has been completed.
- Schools and districts that would like to register multiple educators should contact Keys to Literacy.
Please note that Keys to Literacy does not have an asynchronous online option for Part A of the K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirement. You will need to complete an approved Part A course from another vendor. Click here to see the vendor list.
Certification Phonics/Dyslexia Deficiency
If you have a certification that includes a deficiency in 1) phonics and 2) dyslexia, and you need a course to fulfill that deficiency, the AZ Keys to Beginning Reading and Understanding Dyslexia, Part B K-5 Literacy Endorsement listed above can also be used as follows:
- For standard professional Early Childhood and Elementary certificates: You can complete the Keys to Literacy Part B courses (45 hours) listed above and combine it with Part A (45 hours) from another vendor. The Parts A and B will meet your phonics and dyslexia certification deficiency AND meet your K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirements.
- For standard professional Middle Grade, Secondary, and all Special Education certificates: You can complete the Keys to Literacy Part B courses (45 hours) listed above. This will meet your phonics and dyslexia certification deficiency without the need to add a Part A course.
Individuals can use the link above to register for the course.
Dyslexia Designee Training
Are you looking for a training course for the Dyslexia Designee Training required by the Arizona Department of Education? Keys to Literacy is an approved provider of training for this professional development.
Who is a Dyslexia Training Designee?
Every Arizona school serving K-3 students must identify at least one teacher who is responsible for receiving approved training in 1) URD: Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia, 2) I: Reading Instruction, and 3) II: Intensifying Instruction. Keys to Literacy was approved by ADE to provide training for all three requirements.
Format: Combined Asynchronous Online Courses
Our approved Dyslexia Designee asynchronous online courses meet the UD (Understanding Dyslexia), I (Information About Reading Instruction) and II (Intensifying Intervention) requirements. About the courses:
- Understanding Dyslexia: Arizona Dyslexia Designees: 6 hours; meets the UD requirement. Individuals can click here to register for the course ($105).
- Arizona Approved Reading Instruction for Dyslexia Designees – Keys to Beginning Reading: 39 hours; meets the I and II requirements. Individuals can click here to register for the course ($349).
Note that at the end of each course you can download a certificate of completion that can be used as proof of the Dyslexia Designee requirements.
Option to Use Dyslexia Designee Hours Towards the Arizona K-5 Literacy Endorsement Requirement Part B
Educators who complete our Dyslexia Designee training who would like to use the 45 hours of online course time towards the K-5 Part B requirement can do so as follows:
- You must complete both courses.
- Once completed, contact Keys to Literacy to let us know you would like a certificate of completion to use towards Part B of the K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirement. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 978-948-8511
- We will check to be sure you completed all pages of both courses and then send you a certificate.
Please note that Keys to Literacy does not have an asynchronous online options for Part A of the K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirement. You will need to complete an approved Part A course from another vendor. Click here to see the vendor list.
For school districts that provided our Dyslexia Designee training from 2020-2022: Contact us to learn about your ADE approved options for building on the professional development hours your teachers already have to meet the 90-hour K-5 Literacy Endorsement requirements. Click here for an information sheet.