Reading Teacher Endorsement

The reading sequence of courses at NLU fulfills the State of Illinois guidelines for the preparation of Reading Teachers. Candidates are referred to the website of the Illinois State Board of Education for specific requirements, updates and amendments.


  • 24 SH of Reading courses
  • A grade of “C” or better in all coursework is required
  • Practicum

Additional requirements:

  • Candidates must pass the Reading Teacher Test #177 or Reading Specialist test #176
  • Candidates must be admitted to Reading, M.Ed.Reading, M.S.Ed. or Reading C.A.S. program
  • Teacher certification
  • Membership in professional literacy organization
  • An electronic portfolio
  • Note: Candidates may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Required Courses

Reading Program - 20 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


Reading Electives - 9 SH

Choose 9 SH from RLL, RLR, RLSRLW courses with advisor approval.

Note: No workshops are accepted.