Reading, Certificate of Advanced Study (Reading Specialist)

This program is designed for teachers already holding a Professional Educator License who are interested in developing their literacy teaching or in applying to be Reading Specialists. The reading sequence fulfills the state of Illinois guidelines for the Reading Specialist Endorsement.  Visit the Illinois State Board of Education for specific requirements, updates and amendments.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

Program Details:

  • Requires 32 SH for completion
  • Requires a five-week summer practicum
  • Requires membership in professional literacy organization
  • Requires an electronic portfolio

Required Courses

CAS Core - 3 SH

EDL 546Perspectives and Administration of Educational Policy

3

Reading Program - 26 SH

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Reading

3

RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading

3

RLW 541Teaching Writing

2

RLL 520Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents

2 TO 3

or

RLL 528Survey of Multicultural Literature K-12

2 TO 3

and

RLR 510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading

3

RLR 511Corrective Techniques for the Reading Specialist

3

RLR 592APracticum in Remedial Reading A: Elementary

2

RLR 592BPracticum in Remedial Reading B: Grades 6-12

2

RLR 518Leadership and Professional Development in Reading

3

RLR 593Seminar in Reading Research

3

Note: RLL 520 or RLL 528 must be taken for 2 semester hours.

Reading Electives - 3 SH

Choose 3 SH of RLL, RLRRLS or RLW courses with advisor approval

Note: No workshops will be accepted.