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

  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.

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:

  • course addressing psychology/human growth and development (EIS 587 or equivalent)
  • course addressing language learning and reading disabilities (RDG 586 or equivalent)
  • 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.