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 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 34 SH for completion
  • Students who receive more than one "C" grade in any courses may not continue in the program
  • Requires a five-week summer practicum
  • Requires membership in professional literacy organization
  • Requires an electronic portfolio

Required Courses

MED Core - 5 SH

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


EPS 541Cognition and Instruction

1 TO 2

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

Program - 28 SH

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Literacy


RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading


RLW 541Teaching Writing

2 TO 3

RLL 520Survey of Youth Literature, PreK-12



RLL 528Diverse Perspectives in Youth Literature, PreK-12



RLR 510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading


RLR 511Instructional Strategies for Literacy Interventions


RLR 592APracticum: Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students


RLR 592BPracticum: Literacy Interventions for Secondary Students


RLR 518Leadership and Staff Development in Reading


RLR 593Seminar in Reading Research


Note: RLW 541 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.

Note: RLL 595 or RLR 595 will also be accepted.

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