The Reading Teacher Program is designed to strengthen practicing teachers' ability to teach reading/literacy in K-12 settings, including content teachers in middle and high schools. This program addresses the demands of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and emphasizes teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening across the curriculum including history/social studies, science and technical subjects at grades 6-12.
The program satisfies the coursework requirements for a reading teacher endorsement in Illinois. Graduate students in states outside of Illinois must check their state's requirements for a reading endorsement. Graduate students pursuing an M.A. in Education with a concentration in reading are not required to be certified teachers; however, all who enroll will gain an in-depth understanding of the teaching of reading. Completing the M.A. in Reading does not grant state licensure or lead to licensure as a reading specialist. Graduate students licensed to teach in Illinois who are interested in the reading specialist license for grades K-12 should consult the program description for Saint Xavier University's Master of Arts Reading Specialist Program.
- M. Tara Joyce, Ed.D. (Program Chair)
- Ruth Rohlwing, Ed.D.
For more information, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-298-3053.