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
Professional Educator License (PEL).
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 Master's degree.
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.