Reading Clinic

Welcome to the NSU Reading Clinic!
Northern State University's Reading Clinic will provide literacy assessment and instruction for 1st through 8th grade students who read above, at, or below grade level while providing opportunities for preservice teachers to develop their knowledge and skills as teachers of reading and writing.


Clinic sessions are held during the fall and spring semesters. Students in grades 1-8 who are above, at, or below grade level readers or writers are invited to the clinic. Each student will work with an NSU elementary/special education major supervised by clinic Director Dr. Timothy Houge. Offered to each child every semester are 14 one-hour tutoring sessions.
Experience the Reading Clinic from anywhere

The NSU Reading Clinic distance tutoring program is available to students in grades 1-8. Our goal remains consistent: Provide affordable, high-quality tutoring that accelerates a child's literacy.

  • One-on-One Tutoring: Each student is paired with an NSU education major for fourteen 45-minute sessions conducted under the expert supervision of Clinic Director Dr. Timothy Houge. 
  • Costs: The cost for distance tutoring is $85. 
Tutorin' Tim's Phonics
From Dr. Houge: I am pleased to announce the publication of Tutorin' Tim's Phonics: Lessons for Reading and Spelling the Sounds of our Language and the accompanying Tutorin' Tim's Phonics Companion. I wrote this book to be used by parents, teachers, and tutors who know of someone longing to read and spell English accurately, fluently, and effortlessly-a young child, an adolescent, an adult, or someone for whom English is a new language.
Dr. Timothy Houge, Director

Dr. Timothy Houge is director of the NSU Reading Clinic. Under his leadership,​ the clinic has continued to grow to serve students who need and want to improve their literacy skills. Dr. Houge is an associate professor in the School of Education at Northern. Dr. Houge's 25 years of professional experience began as a second-grade classroom teacher in the Wichita School District at Gardiner Elementary School in Wichita, KS. He later taught second grade at Robert Lunt Elementary School in Clark County, Nevada, and first grade at John F. Mendoza Elementary School. Dr. Houge was a reading specialist at William E. Ferron Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Houge has acquired extensive teaching experience at the university level, which includes Practicum in Diagnosis and Instruction of Literacy Difficulties, Instruction and Assessment in Reading and Writing II, Issues and Solutions in Education, Literacy Practicum, Reading Clinic Practicum, and K-8 Reading Methods.

Timothy Houge

The program is phenomenal and unlike any other I've come across. ...We now have something we didn't have before - HOPE.


Without this program, our child's future in school was looking painful-was painful-regardless of the efforts we'd been making.


Our son likes to read, but school was not challenging him, so he was bored and starting to act out. The Reading Clinic challenges him at his pace and he enjoys learning.


Our son used to hate reading; now he even admitted he 'likes to read.'... He thought he couldn't do it. Now he knows he can.