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)

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

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.