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:

  • Submit official scores from the Miller Analogies Test (waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Have a valid Professional Educator License
  • Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative
  • Have at least two years of full-time contract teaching under a valid and active Professional Educator License

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

ESR505Educational Inquiry and Assessment

FND511Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives

EPS541Cognition and Instruction

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 - 2 SH

Choose 2 SH of RLL, RLRRLS or RLW courses with advisor approval

Note: No workshops will be accepted.