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Requirements for Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement

Applicants for an Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement must complete the following
requirements:

  1. Pass either the Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist exam
  2. Twenty-four semester hours of coursework that addresses specific competencies (including literature appropriate for students in all grade levels) is required for each of the three reading teacher endorsements issued in Illinois.

 

K-4 Reading Teacher Endorsement:

* RDG 570 - Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

* RDG 571 - Assessment of Reading Abilities and Disabilities

* RDG 573 - Correction and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

* RDG 580 - Reading in the Content Areas

* RDG 587 - Practicum in Reading K-6

* LLA 525 - Literature and the Reader

Choose two:
RDG 508 - Phonics for Decoding and Spelling
RDG 569 - Reading in Early Childhood
RDG 584 - Vocabulary Development K-12
RDG 586 - Language Development and Reading
LA 578 - Language Arts for Diverse Learners

 

5-8 Reading Teacher Endorsement: (requires middle school endorsement)

* RDG 570 - Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

* RDG 571 - Assessment of Reading Abilities and Disabilities

* RDG 573 - Correction and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

* RDG 580 - Reading in the Content Areas

* RDG 589 - Practicum in Reading 7-12

* LLA 525 - Literature and the Reader

Choose two:
RDG 568 - Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
RDG 508 - Phonics for Decoding and Spelling
RDG 584 - Vocabulary Development K-12
RDG 586 - Language Development and Reading
LA 578 - Language Arts for Diverse Learners

 

9-12 Reading Teacher Endorsement:

* RDG 568 - Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School

* RDG 571 - Assessment of Reading Abilities and Disabilities

* RDG 573 - Correction and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

* RDG 580 - Reading in the Content Areas

* RDG 587 - Practicum in Reading K-6

* LLA 525 - Literature and the reader

Choose two:
RDG 568 - Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
RDG 508 - Phonics for Decoding and Spelling
RDG 584 - Vocabulary Development K-12
RDG 586 - Language Development and Reading
LA 578 - Language Arts for Diverse Learners