Graduate Admission Requirements


Master of Science In Education
Reading Specialist Major (34 semester hours)

The Reading Specialist Major is designed for educators who want to assume Reading Specialist roles in the schools. The program culminates with candidates earning a Master of Science degree and a State of Illinois Reading Specialist Endorsement as of July 1, 2013. The purpose and intent of the Reading Specialist Program is to prepare educators to become ethical decision-makers and leaders who can provide literacy-based services within an educational community.

Required Courses
Cultural Awareness (1)
Methods of Educational Research (3)
Foundations of Literacy (3)
Assessment Procedures & Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3)
Exploration of Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achv. (3)
Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3)
Reading Specialist Practicum I (4)
Literacy and Diverse Learners (3)
Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3)
Reading Specialist Practicum II (3)
Reading Teacher Practicum (3)
Disciplinary Literacy (3)


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