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

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 - 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

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 - 2 SH

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

Note: No workshops will be accepted.