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Reading Specialist


The graduate program in reading is designed for practicing teachers who wish to develop their expertise in evidence-based language and literacy instruction, assessment, computer applications, instruction for urban and culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and literacy research. It prepares graduates for positions as reading specialists and literacy coaches in elementary and secondary schools.

This program is designed with the full-time teacher in mind with an emphasis on immediate classroom literacy applications. Graduate reading students seeking licensure must have a valid teaching license, a minimum of two years of teaching experience upon completion of the program, and meet the requirements for the state of Illinois special teaching endorsement in reading. This program is offered in the cohort model at the Chicago campus.

Program Requirements for Reading Specialist (33 credits hours)

  • EDGCC 513: Educational Research, Design and Development (3)

In consultation with the SOE administration, program chairs may substitute alternative courses for core courses in graduate programs.

  • EDGRS 520: The Reading-Writing Connection (3)
  • EDGRS 521: Technology and the Reading Specialist (3)
  • EDGRS 522: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDGRS 523: Language Development and Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)
  • EDGRS 524: Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
  • EDGRS 525: Practicum I: Assessment and Evaluation (3)
  • EDGRS 526: Curriculum Development and Supervision of Reading/Language Arts Programs (3)
  • EDGRS 527: Theory and Practice of Language and Literacy (3)
  • EDGRS 528: Practicum II: Instructional Intervention (3)
  • EDGRS 529: Seminar for Literacy Leaders (3)

If you are only interested in the reading teacher endorsement that is defined by the state of Illinois as 24 credits of literacy, please contact the reading program chair.

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.