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.

In addition to the National Louis University Graduate Admission Requirements, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • Hold membership in professional literacy organization
  • Have an electronic portfolio

Program Details: 

  • Requires 24 SH for completion  
  • A grade of “C” or better in all coursework is required
  • Requires Practicum 
  • Requires passing of the Reading Teacher Test #177 or Reading Specialist test #221
  • Note: Candidates may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Required Courses

Reading Program - 22 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


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


Note: RLW 541 must be taken for 3 semester hours.  

Reading Electives - 2 SH

Choose 2 SH from RLL, RLR, or RLW courses with advisor approval.

Note: No workshops are accepted.