The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement include:
Hold a valid 0-3, K-9, or 6-12 teaching license
Complete 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours, including a practicum, of reading and literacy courses in the following areas:
a) Foundations of reading,
b) Content area reading,
c) Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems,
d) Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support,
e) Developmental and remedial materials and resources, and
f) Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges
Pass the Reading Teacher content test (#177)
Students can pursue the Reading Teacher Endorsement by either:
Completing courses that are a subset of the Reading Specialist concentration (see below), or
Applying for a Reading Teacher endorsement evaluation through ISBE. Once a statement of area deficiencies is received, the student will meet with an advisor to determine the required outstanding coursework.
To be eligible for the Reading Teacher endorsement only program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Illinois teaching license.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
A completed graduate application
Application fee ($40.00)
Copy of a valid Illinois teacher license
A bachelor’s degree conferred by an accredited, recognized institution
Two letters of reference, one of which must be from persons familiar with your academic work
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Resume or curriculum vitae showing evidence of adequate background for the program.
The admission process also may include an interview with program faculty.
Reading Teacher Endorsement Coursework : 36 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
The practicum courses provide a clinical experience working with students with reading and learning disabilities. These hours are earned in the on-campus Family Lab in conjunction with the LSI 542, LSI 543, and LSI 544 courses. 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.