The program requires a minimum of 150 hours of clinical working with students with reading and learning disabilities. These hours are earned in the on-campus Family Lab in conjunction with LSI 542, LSI 543, and LSI 544. The Family Lab provides diagnostic and remedial services for children and adolescents with reading disabilities. Graduate students who are enrolled in advanced courses provide diagnostic and remedial services to children and adolescents in the Chicago area.
Students admitted to the Reading Specialist program may elect to pursue the LBS1 endorsement. Students must complete four courses plus the LBS1 content area test (#155) in addition to the Reading Specialist program. These courses are:
Students may take these courses concurrently with or at the end of the Reading Specialist program. Students must consult their Faculty Advisor if they elect to pursue the LBS1 option.
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.
THESIS RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION
A Master of Arts candidate conducts original research, writes a thesis, and presents an oral defense before a committee of faculty members. PREREQUISTE(S): SCG 410 and approved thesis proposal.