To be eligible for the Reading Specialist 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
- A previous grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
- 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
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: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
Leadership Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
The practicum courses provide an opportunity to apply knowledge from course work to teaching struggling learners and those with disabilities. In these courses, students provide diagnostic and remedial services to children and adolescents from the Chicago area under the supervision of program faculty. These courses are offered in an on-campus facility.
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 K-12 (APT) – assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment, professionalism, and technology.
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.