Reading Teacher Endorsement without a Degree

To obtain a Reading Teacher Endorsement, the State requires 24 hours of coursework in targeted reading areas. This program leads to a Reading Teacher Endorsement, but not an additional degree.

See complete admission requirements in College of Education introduction. Criteria to enter this program include the following:

  1. A valid Illinois Professional Educator License with teaching endorsement.
  2. Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).
  3. Successful completion of the following program requirements.

    Prerequisite: one 3 credit hour course in Reading (3)

Degree Requirements

Required courses

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


24 credit hours total are required for

Reading Teacher Endorsement

65 Clinical Hours

Clinical/field work hours are embedded in required courses.

The design of the above program requires that an individual have at least three hours of previous coursework in reading. Any additional request for course transfer will have to be considered individually. Anyone who does not have three hours of previous coursework can fulfill that deficiency through Lewis University.

State Assessment Requirements

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