To be eligible for
the Reading Specialist licensure only program, students must hold a bachelor’s
degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Illinois teaching
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of
A completed graduate application
Application fee ($40.00)
Copy of a valid Illinois teacher license
A bachelor’s degree conferred by an accredited, recognized
A previous grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0
Two letters of reference, one of which must be from persons
familiar with your academic work
One official transcript from each college or university
Resume or curriculum vitae showing evidence of adequate
background for the program
The admission process also may include an interview with
Note: The Reading Specialist Endorsement requires a previously completed Masters degree.
Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
Reading Specialist Core Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
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.
Practicum Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.
Reading Specialist students must complete the following tests:
- Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
- Reading Specialist Content Area Test (test #176) – assesses knowledge of language, reading, and literacy.
- Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology. Test is required to be licensed; recommended to be taken before Student Teaching.
- EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.
ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY AND BEHAVIOR
This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.
Endorsement in Special Education Option
Candidates may also have the option of pursuing an endorsement in special education while enrolled in or immediately following the Reading Specialist program. Interested candidates can discuss this option with a faculty advisor.