Reading, M.S.Ed. (Reading Teacher Option)

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 Teachers. The reading sequence fulfills the state of Illinois guidelines for the preparation of Reading Teachers. Visit the Illinois State Board of Education for specific requirements, updates and amendments.

As a Master of Science in Education degree, this program is also designed to enable students to pursue continued study at the post master’s level.

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 37 SH for completion
  • Requires a five-week summer practicum
  • Requires a thesis
  • Requires membership in professional literacy organization
  • Requires an electronic portfolio

Required Courses

MSED Core - 10 SH

ESR 503Applied Research Methods for Educational Psychologists


ESR 505Educational Inquiry and Assessment


EPS 541Cognition and Instruction

1 TO 2

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


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

Reading Program - 24 SH

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Reading


RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading


RLW 541Teaching Writing


RLL 520Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents

2 TO 3


RLL 528Survey of Multicultural Literature K-12

2 TO 3

RLR 510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading


RLR 511Corrective Techniques for the Reading Specialist


RLR 592APracticum in Remedial Reading A: Elementary


RLR 592BPracticum in Remedial Reading B: Grades 6-12


RLR 599Thesis/Reading Education


Note: RLL 520 or RLL 528 must be taken for 2 semester hours.

Reading Electives - 3 SH

Choose 3 SH of courses from RLR, RLLRLS or RLW with advisor approval

Note: No workshops are accepted.