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.

Coursework:

  • 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. 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 - 21 SH

RLR 501Teaching Beginning Literacy

3

RLR 502Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading

3

RLW 541Teaching Writing

2

RLL 520Survey of Literature for Children and Adolescents

2 TO 3

or

RLL 528Diverse Perspectives in Youth Literature, PreK-12

3

and

RLR 510Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading

3

RLR 511Instructional Strategies for Literacy Interventions

3

RLR 592APracticum: Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students

2

RLR 592BPracticum: Literacy Interventions for Secondary Students

2

Reading Electives - 9 SH

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

Note: No workshops are accepted.