Curriculum and Instruction

Requirements of the Illinois Graduate Reading Program

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**NOTE!** You must hold a State of Illinois Teaching Certificate to obtain an Illinois Reading Specialist Endorsement or Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement.

Coursework Requirements for Reading Specialist Endorsement

  1. EIS 500 Methods of Research (3 s.h.)
  2. LLA 525 Literature and the Reader (3 s.h.)
  3. RDG 568 Teaching Reading in Middle and High School (3 s.h.)
  4. RDG 570 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3 s.h.)
  5. RDG 571 Assessment of Reading Abilities & Disabilities (3 s.h.)  (Prerequisite:  RDG 570)
  6. RDG 573 Correction & Remediation of Reading Difficulties (3 s.h.)  (Prerequisite:  RDG 570, RDG 571)
  7. RDG 576 Psychology of Reading (3 s.h.)   (Prerequisite:  RDG 568 or RDG 570)
  8. RDG 587 Practicum in Reading K-6 (3 s.h.)  (Prerequisite:  RDG 570, RDG 571 and RDG 573)
  9. RDG 589 Practicum in Reading 7-12 (3 s.h.)  (Prerequisite:  RDG 568, RDG 571, RDG 573)
  10. RDG 588 Leadership in Reading (3 s.h.)  Prerequisite: Completion of at least 24 hours in reading to include RDG 568,  or RDG 570, RDG 571, RDG 573, and RDG 587 or RDG 589)
  11. RDG 590 Literacy Coaching Practicum (3 s.h.)  Prerequisite: RDG 588 

Total Semester Hours:  33 s.h.

Coursework Requirements for Reading Teacher Endorsement

The Reading Teacher Emphasis of the Graduate Reading Program requires completion of the following 33 semester hours of coursework (to complete your Master's WITHOUT seeking an Illinois endorsement - if seeking an Illinois endorsement, include RDG 580 to the following):

EIS 500           Methods of Research (3 s.h.)

LLA 525           Literature and the Reader (3 s.h.)

RDG 570         Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3 s.h.)

RDG 568         Teaching Reading in Middle and High School (3 s.h.) OR   RDG 569  Reading in Early Childhood (3 s.h.)

RDG 571         Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for Diverse Learners, K-5 (3 s.h.)  OR   RDG 573         Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for Diverse Learners, 6-12 (3 s.h.)

RDG 576         Psychology of Reading (3 s.h.)

RDG 587         Practicum in Reading K-5 (3 s.h.) OR   RDG 589         Practicum in Reading 6-12 (3 s.h.)

RDG 588         Leadership in Reading (3 s.h.)

Three Elective Courses*  (coursework in reading or language arts; RDG 580*, RDG 590)

*NOTE:  If you are seeking an Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement, RDG 580 should be one of your electives, as RDG 580 is required by the State of Illinois to obtain this endorsement.  You cannot receive an Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement unless you hold a State of Illinois Teaching Certificate.

When choosing the Reading Teacher Emphasis, you will be required to specify one of the following areas:  K-3, K-4, 5-8 or 9-12.  Teachers seeking the 5-8 grade level Reading Teacher Endorsement in Illinois must have a State of Illinois Teaching Certificate and a middle school endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois  early childhood certificate, you are only eligible for the K-3 grade level endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois  elementary certificate, you are eligible for the K-4 grade level endorsement and the 5-8 grade level endorsement, if you have a middle school endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois 6-12 certificate, you are eligible for the 9-12 grade level endorsement.

 

Total Semester Hours:  33 s.h.

Illinois K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement Requirements

  • master’s or higher degree
  • two years teaching experience, which can be completed during the program
  • Successful completion of:
    • the Reading Specialist content test
  • the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)
  • completion of an approved reading specialist program (coursework above)

Iowa K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement Requirements

Additional requirements:

  • standard license in Iowa and a teaching endorsement
  • present evidence of at least one year of experience, which included the teaching of reading as a significant part of the responsibility.