Indiana Department of Education Early Literacy Endorsement Professional Development

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  • Keys to Literacy is the only approved training provider that meets the requirements of IC 20-28-5-19.7 and is offered at no cost to educators who hold a PreK-6 or special education license as required by IC 20-28-5-19.7.
  • Keys to Literacy’s professional development is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
  • Keys to Literacy courses are free to licensed Indiana PreK-6 and special education educators. Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to receive a total of $1,200 in stipends ($400 for each completed component).
  • Educators required to add the early literacy endorsement who have already completed eighty (80) hours of evidence-based professional development aligned with the requirements outlined in IC 20-28-5-19.7 are still welcome to participate and deepen their knowledge through the full IDOE-supported engagement.

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About the Professional Development


  • Participate in seven live, virtual training days via Zoom
  • Complete 40 hours of asynchronous work (15 hour online course and 25 hours of independent learning tasks)
  • Pass the ETS Praxis 5205 Exam
  • Read the Course Component Overview here.


IDOE Early Literacy Endorsement PD is available to licensed prekindergarten through grade six educators, educators with a special education license, and administrators serving prekindergarten through six buildings. Please see The Fine Print section below.


Multiple scheduling options are offered between April 2024 and June 2025 that include shorter and longer timeframes for completing the course in order to meet different scheduling needs and learning styles.


Registration is available on a rolling basis per cohort. Click here to learn more and register. Registrations will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. If we have an available spot for you, we will contact you from

The Fine Print

1. Between April 2024 and June 2025, PreK-Grade 6 licensed Indiana educators and educators with a special education license may participate, at no cost, in Keys to Beginning Reading & Writing professional development that totals 80 hours. Participants will attend seven full day, live-virtual sessions via Zoom, complete a 15-hour asynchronous online course and 25 hours of related independent learning tasks, and successfully pass the ETS Praxis 5205 exam, using a voucher that will be provided through this engagement. Participants must complete all outlined components to receive their FINAL certificate of completion and stipend for this professional development.

2. While the schedule for the live-virtual trainings has been set and cannot be altered, the 15 hours of online coursework, 25 hours of independent learning tasks, and the ETS Praxis 5205 Exam can be taken at your own pace. It is strongly recommended that the asynchronous component be completed and all work submitted to Keys to Literacy within 3 months of receiving access to the Teachable course. This suggested pacing is designed to ensure a reasonable timeframe for completing the work and receiving the associated stipend. The synchronous work stipend will not be issued until all 40 asynchronous hours are completed. Also, participants will not be eligible to take the Praxis 5205 until both of the other components (synchronous and asynchronous) have been completed.

3. Stipends for each component of the Indiana Early Literacy Endorsement Training will be processed and mailed to the address provided on your registration form. Checks should arrive approximately 90 days after component completion via the US Postal Service. The return address on the envelope may say and not Keys to Literacy.

4. Pursuant to IC 20-28-5-19.7, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Early Literacy Endorsement Professional Development is available to licensed prekindergarten through grade six educators, educators with a special education license, and licensed administrators serving prekindergarten through six buildings. This may include, but is not limited to, the primary classroom teacher, an instructional coach (supporting PreK-6 and special education educators), a reading interventionist (supporting grades PreK-6), and a special education teacher.

5. Eligible educators include:

  • Early Childhood (PreK-3)
  • Elementary Education/Generalist (1-6), (K-6)
  • Elementary/Primary (K-3)
  • Elementary/Intermediate (4-6)
  • Special Education (K-6), (K-12) or (PreK-12)
  • Charter School License, Serving PreK-6
  • Licensed Building Level Administrators, Serving PreK-6 Building
  • Reading Interventionists, serving PreK-6 with an underlying license noted above
  • Instructional Coach, serving PreK-6 with an underlying license noted above

6. In cases of emergency or illness, participants may miss one of the seven meetings, but must coordinate with IDOE to watch the recording of the session missed. This does not apply to conflicts in schedule. Please look at all dates and be sure you can attend ALL SEVEN MEETINGS before selecting a cohort.

7. The live-virtual session days will be delivered using the Zoom platform. It is expected that cameras are ON in both whole group discussions and small group breakout rooms. Participants MUST be on individual devices. Sharing a computer screen, or participating as a small group on one computer, cannot be accommodated. Active participation is part of the course design, and you will need a quiet environment with minimal distractions in order to participate successfully.

8. Please see this flyer for the official attendance policy. 

9. Read the Course Component Overview here.

10. Have additional questions? Check out this PDF of Frequently Asked Questions.



Watch this video from Dr. Katie Jenner (Indiana Secretary of Education) and Joan Sedita (founder of Keys to Literacy) to learn more about Keys to Literacy, our partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, and the IDA-accredited professional development courses we offer.


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: