Reading Teacher Endorsement

The reading sequence of courses at NLU fulfills the State of Illinois guidelines for the preparation of Reading Teachers. Candidates are referred to the website of the Illinois State Board of Education for specific requirements, updates and amendments.


  • 24 SH of Reading courses
  • A grade of “C” or better in all coursework is required
  • Practicum

Additional requirements:

  • Candidates must pass the Reading Teacher Test #177 or Reading Specialist test #176
  • Candidates must be admitted to Reading, M.Ed.Reading, M.S.Ed. or Reading C.A.S. program
  • Teacher certification
  • Membership in professional literacy organization
  • An electronic portfolio
  • Note: Candidates may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Reading Program - 20 SH

RLR501Teaching Beginning Reading

RLR502Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading

RLW541Teaching Writing

RLL520Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents


RLL528Survey of Multicultural Literature K-12


RLR510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading

RLR511Corrective Techniques for the Reading Specialist

RLR592APracticum in Remedial Reading A: Elementary

RLR592BPracticum in Remedial Reading B: Grades 6-12

Reading Electives - 9 SH

Choose 9 SH from RLL, RLR, RLSRLW courses with advisor approval.

Note: No workshops are accepted.