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WIU Reading Specialist Graduate Degree Program Receives National Recognition

August 15, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The reading specialist graduate degree program in Western Illinois University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction has received national recognition from the International Literacy Association/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), according to Department Chair Laura Frey.

WIU Department of Curriculum and Instruction Professor Marie Cheak, coordinator of the department's reading program, said the International Literacy Association is the "gold standard" in program recognition for the field of study.

"Western Illinois University has the only International Literacy Association approved literacy program in the regions of both the Quad Cities campus and the Macomb campus," said Cheak.

The emphasis of the reading specialist program is K-12 licensure.

"The program prepares teachers to deliver high quality instruction, preparing candidates to serve as reading specialists/literacy coaches," said Frey. "The candidates are prepared through best practices, and authentic real work experience, to become literacy leaders. I am very proud of our highly-qualified literacy faculty. They are committed to the students and the expectations of higher values in higher education at Western Illinois University."

For more information about the graduate program, visit

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