Master of Science in Education (M.S.) – Reading

Master of Science In Education (in service teachers)

In 2010, The International Reading Association revised the standards put in place for practicing reading specialists. The University of St. Francis Reading Specialist program is aligned to these new standards thus ensuring graduates will demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for application in today’s educational landscape.

The Master of Science Reading Program is designed for educators who want to assume Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach roles at the school or district level. The program culminates with candidates earning a Master of Science degree and a K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement. The purpose and intent of the Reading Program is to prepare educators to become ethical decision-makers and leaders who can provide literacy-based services within an educational community.

Candidates who already hold a master’s degree may be eligible for a focused program to earn the Reading Specialist Endorsement. For additional information regarding this program, please contact Amy Schroeder, Reading Program Coordinator, at 815-740-3661 or

Courses in this program are site-based or offered online.

Online Courses

  • Online classes run for eight (8) weeks during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Two (2) courses per semester are recommended.
  • Online program can be completed in seven (7) semesters.

Site-Based Courses

  • Site Based classes meet one night per week for eight (8) weeks during fall and spring semesters.
  • Classes meet in six-day modules over the summer.
  • Two (2) courses per semester are recommended.
  • Site based program can be completed in seven (7) semesters.

For registration into the program, please contact Maggie Stevenson at 815-740-3389 or
For questions regarding the program, please contact Amy Schroeder at 815-740-3661 or


Upon completion of the degree program, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills needed to assume prominent roles in the field of education
  • Contribute knowledge and service to the professional education community
  • Exhibit and apply research and communication skills to support the role of the educational leader and scholar
  • Implement the skills of reflective and critical thinking to explore the larger purposes of education to the individual and society
  • Model an awareness of varied educational needs of students and apply current research-based strategies and methodologies, including technology, that meet the needs of diverse students
  • Analyze ongoing issues, theories and trends with a focus on applications in classroom settings that can improve P-12 student learning
  • Provide a context to improve the quality of education, and ensure equal opportunities and the dignity of each student in a demographic society
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions consistent with Illinois Professional Standards and the College of Education’s Code of Professional Conduct


To find out if this program is offered in your state, click here and choose “Program Availability by State” under Academics.

For current information regarding Illinois State Board of Education requirements (including tests when applicable), please visit ISBE at