Curriculum and Instruction

Reading Teacher Emphasis

When choosing the Reading Teacher Emphasis, you will be required to specify one of the following areas:  K-3, K-4, 5-8 or 9-12.  Teachers seeking the 5-8 grade level Reading Teacher Endorsement in Illinois must have a State of Illinois Teaching Certificate and a middle school endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois  early childhood certificate, you are only eligible for the K-3 grade level endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois  elementary certificate, you are eligible for the K-4 grade level endorsement and the 5-8 grade level endorsement, if you have a middle school endorsement.  If you have a State of Illinois 6-12 certificate, you are eligible for the 9-12 grade level endorsement.

The Reading Teacher Emphasis of the Graduate Reading Program requires completion of the following 33 semester hours of coursework (to complete your Master's WITHOUT seeking an Illinois endorsement - if seeking an Illinois endorsement, include RDG 580 to the following):

EIS 500            Methods of Research (3 s.h.)

LLA 525           Literature and the Reader (3 s.h.)

RDG 570         Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3 s.h.)

RDG 568         Teaching Reading in Middle and High School (3 s.h.)
OR   RDG 569  Reading in Early Childhood (3 s.h.)

RDG 571         Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for Diverse Learners, K-5 (3 s.h.) 
OR   RDG 573         Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for Diverse Learners, 6-12 (3 s.h.)

RDG 576         Psychology of Reading (3 s.h.)

RDG 587         Practicum in Reading K-5 (3 s.h.)
OR   RDG 589         Practicum in Reading 6-12 (3 s.h.)

RDG 588         Leadership in Reading (3 s.h.)

Three Elective Courses*  (coursework in reading or language arts; RDG 580*, RDG 590)

*NOTE:  If you are seeking an Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement, RDG 580 should be one of your electives, as RDG 580 is required by the State of Illinois to obtain this endorsement.  You cannot receive an Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement unless you hold a State of Illinois Teaching Certificate.