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

EDL546Perspective and Administration of Policy

Reading Program - 26 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

RLR518Leadership and Professional Development in Reading

RLR593Seminar in Reading Research

Reading Electives - 3 SH

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

Note: No workshops will be accepted.