Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Reading Program

Reading Program - people sitting at tableFeatures of the Program

  • The Reading Specialist Graduate Program is designed for teachers who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in delivering reading instruction to students in grades K-12 and become leaders in improving reading instruction in their school districts.
  • Teachers applying for this program must hold an appropriate teaching certificate.
  • The program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.
  • Candidates enroll in reading coursework spanning K-12 grade levels.
  • Both a K-6 and a 7-12 practicum are required. These practicums take place in after school programs in school sites arranged by department faculty.
  • Teachers completing this program are eligible to apply for a K-12 reading specialist endorsement in Iowa or Illinois.
  • To earn the K-12 reading specialist endorsement in Illinois or Iowa, individuals must have relevant teaching experiences.
  • Courses are also available for teachers seeking the Illinois reading teacher or the Iowa reading endorsements.
  • The majority of courses required in the program are offered in a face to face format.
  • Candidates can complete the reading specialist program in Macomb, Springfield, or the Quad Cities.