Reading Teacher Endorsement

Two new Reading Teacher cohorts are scheduled to begin Fall 2014!
Educators interested in earning their Reading Teacher Endorsement or Reading Specialist Endorsement and Master’s Degree can join cohorts starting in Joliet or Naperville. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Amy Brodeur, Reading Program Coordinator, at abrodeur@stfrancis.edu or (815) 740-3661.


To register, select any of the active blue date links below. You must register for each course separately.

REND 641: Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
FALL: August 18 – October 13 | online

FALL: August 20 – October 8, 2014 | site-based
Class will meet at Waubonsie Valley HS (Naperville) | Wednesdays from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

FALL: August 18 – October 13, 2014 | site-based
Class will meet at USF Main Campus (Joliet), Tower Hall Room N319 | Mondays from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

REND 642: Assessment Process and Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3 credits)
FALL: August 18 – October 13 | online

REND 643: Exploring Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achievement (3 credits)
FALL: October 13 – December 8 | online

REND 644: Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3 credits)
FALL: August 18 – October 13 | online

REND 647: Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 credits)
Course will be offered Spring 2015

REND 648: Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3 credits)
Course will be offered Spring 2015

REND 651: Reading Teacher Practicum (3 credits)
FALL: October 13 – December 8 | online

REND 689: Disciplinary Literacy (3 credits)
FALL: October 13 – December 8 | online
FALL: October 13 – December 8 | site-based
Class will meet at Waubonsie Valley HS (Naperville) | Wednesdays from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
FALL: October 13 – December 8 | site-based
Class will meet at USF Main Campus (Joliet), Tower Hall N309 | Mondays from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Reading Teacher Endorsement requires 24 hours of course work. Additional courses in this endorsement area are offered in the Fall and Spring.

The Reading Teacher Endorsement is the minimum requirement for anyone assigned to teach reading who is not teaching reading as part of general classroom instruction. An individual who holds or receives an Illinois early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special certificate is eligible to receive this additional endorsement on an existing certificate.

Illinois State Board of Education Requirements (In addition to course work):

  • Reading Teacher Test – #177
  • Basic Skills/TAP Exam – #400