Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Teacher Endorsement / Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education degree option provides the core courses that meet State of Illinois requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement in a challenging and rigorous program. 

In addition to the in College of Education admission requirements, candidates seeking the Master of Education degree with Reading Teacher Endorsement must meet the following requirements:

1.   A valid Illinois Professional Educator License with a teaching endorsement.

2.   Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).

3.  Successful completion of the following program requirements. No more than six (6) hours may be transferred; certain courses may not be transferred.

    Degree Requirements

    Required courses (30)

    52-504Technology in the Reading and Writing Program


    52-509Child and Adolescent Literature


    52-523Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades 4-12, Including the Content Areas


    52-524Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades P-3


    52-527Teaching Reading to the Diverse Learner


    52-533Methods and Strategies for Reading Comprehension Instruction, Including Instructional Practicum for the Reading Teacher


    52-534Teaching Writing in the Literacy Program


    52-536Remediation of Reading Difficulties


    52-538Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems


    51-557Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement


    52-575Practical Research for Learning Communities


    65 Clinical/fieldwork hours which are embedded in required courses.

    Comprehensive Examination Required

    30 credit hours total are required for M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Teacher Endorsement.

    The following courses for dual Reading and ESL endorsement may be substituted for 52-527 and 52-538, respectively: 52-542, 52-539.

    State Assessment Requirements

    At the conclusion of the program, candidates seeking a Reading Teacher Endorsement on a Professional Educator License must pass the Illinois Test for the Reading Teacher or its State-approved equivalent.