Reading, M.Ed. (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 Endorsements. 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 36 SH for completion
  • Requires a five-week summer practicum
  • Requires membership in professional literacy organization
  • Requires an electronic portfolio

Required Courses

MED Core - 8 SH

ESR 505Educational Inquiry and Assessment

3

FND 511Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives

3

EPS 541Cognition and Instruction

1 TO 2

Note: EPS 541 must be taken for 2 semester hours.

Program - 27 SH

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Literacy

3

RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading

3

RLW 541Teaching Writing

2

RLL 520Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents

2 TO 3

or

RLL 528Diverse Perspectives in Youth Literature, PreK-12

3

RLR 510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading

3

RLR 511Instructional Strategies for Literacy Interventions

3

RLR 592APracticum: Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students

2

RLR 592BPracticum: Literacy Interventions for Secondary Students

2

RLR 518Leadership and Staff Development in Reading

3

RLR 593Seminar in Reading Research

3

Note: RLL 520 must be taken for 3 semester hours.

Reading Elective - 1 SH

Choose 1 SH of RLL, RLR, or RLW coursework with advisor approval. No workshops will be accepted.