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 Department 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 6 hours may be transferred; certain courses may not be transferred.

Degree Offered: Master of Education
Total Credit Hours: 30 + Comprehensive Examination

Degree Requirements

Program: MED-RDTE-3

Comprehensive Examination Required

Required courses (30)

RDLT-50900Child and Adolescent Literature


RDLT-52300Foundations and Methods of Teaching Content Area Reading and Intermediate-Adolescent Literacy


RDLT-52400Foundations and Methods of Teaching Developmental Reading and Early Literacy


RDLT-52700Teaching Reading to the Diverse Learner


RDLT-53300Strategic Comprehension Instruction and Practicum for the Reading Teacher


RDLT-53600Theory and Practice for Intervention and Remediation of Reading


RDLT-53900Assessment of Literacy and English Language Learning


RDLT-54400Instruction and Resources for Developing Multiliteracies


EDLD-55700Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement


RDLT-57500Practical Research for Learning Communities


Clinical/fieldwork experiences are embedded in course assignments.

The following course may be substituted:

RDLT 53800 for RDLT 53900

The following course may be substituted for dual Reading and ESL endorsement students:
  • ENLE 54200 for RDLT 52700

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.