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Master of Science in Education in Reading

EDL Grad Program

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Graduate Reading Program

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers coursework leading to a Master of Science in Education with a major in Reading. This reading specialist program is designed for teachers who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in delivering reading instruction for students in grades K-12 and to become leaders in improving reading instruction by providing technical assistance or professional development in their school districts.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree program with a major in Reading must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, hold an appropriate teaching license, and be accepted by the School of Graduate Studies with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 in the last two years.

Degree Requirements

The MSEd degree in Reading requires a minimum of 33 semester hours (sh) of coursework.

Coursework Requirements for Degree

Reading Specialist Emphasis
  • EIS 500 – Methods of Research (3 sh)
  • LLA 525 – Literature and the Reader (3 sh)
  • RDG 568 – Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (3 sh)
  • RDG 570 – Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum (3 sh)
  • RDG 571 – Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Interventions for Diverse Learners, K-5 (3 sh)
  • RDG 573 – Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Interventions for Diverse Learners, 6-12 (3 sh)
  • RDG 576 – Psychology of Reading (3 sh)
  • RDG 587 – Practicum in Reading, K-5 (3 sh)
  • RDG 588 – Leadership in Reading (3 sh)
  • RDG 589 – Practicum in Reading, 6-12 (3 sh)
  • RDG 590 – Literacy Coaching Practicum (3 sh)
Reading Teacher Emphasis
  • EIS 500 – Methods of Research (3 sh)
  • LLA 525 – Literature and the Reader (3 sh)
  • RDG 570 – Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum (3 sh)
  • RDG 571 – Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Interventions for Diverse Learners, K-5 (3 sh)
  • RDG 573 – Literacy Assessment, Instruction, and Interventions for Diverse Learners, 6-12 (3 sh)
  • RDG 576 – Psychology of Reading (3 sh)
  • RDG 580 – Reading in the Content Areas (3 sh)
  • RDG 588 – Leadership in Reading (3 sh)
  • Approved Elective (3 sh)

And
RDG 568 – Foundations of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (3 sh)

Or
RDG 569 – Reading in Early Childhood (3 sh)

And
RDG 587 – Practicum in Reading, K-5 (3 sh)

Or
RDG 589 – Practicum in Reading, 6-12 (3 sh)

Requirements for the Iowa Reading Specialist Endorsement

  • Master’s degree
  • Teaching license in Iowa
  • One year of teaching experience which includes the teaching of reading as a significant responsibility

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are qualified to serve as reading specialists in their districts.


Graduate Reading Student

Faculty Expertise


The faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have a strong interest in helping teachers enhance their effectiveness and their ability to promote student learning.

All faculty have practical experience in public schools. Professors in the department have a doctorate in their field. Faculty are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations; provide continuing education workshops for teachers; and publish books and articles in state, national, and international journals. The Illinois Reading Council Journal is housed in our department, and our literacy faculty author the monthly columns for the publication.

Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistantships are available for those pursuing an MSEd degree with a major in Reading. This position offers the opportunity for graduate students to provide instructional, research, and clerical support for faculty. A graduate assistant completes at least 9 sh of coursework each semester and works with one or more faculty members for 20 hours each week. Graduate assistants do not pay tuition for these courses and receive a monthly stipend. Assistantships are awarded for a single year but may be renewed for one additional year. Positions are available on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Distinctive Features

Teachers completing this program and appropriate coursework are eligible to apply for a Reading Specialist or Reading Teacher Endorsement in Illinois or Iowa. The MSEd degree in Reading combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program with the personal attention of caring departmental faculty. Courses are offered on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Most courses are offered one evening each week; however, courses are occasionally offered in a six Saturday format.

The Reading Specialist emphasis prepares candidates to not only work with struggling readers in the elementary school, but in middle and high schools as well. Candidates will complete an elementary and a middle/high school reading methods course and a literature course.

The Reading Teacher emphasis prepares candidates to work with their desired age group of struggling readers in the elementary schools or in the middle/high schools. Coursework will focus on the grade-level span chosen by the candidate.

Accreditation

The Graduate Reading Program is accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the International Reading Association. This program has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Western Illinois University’s certification officer is authorized to verify coursework for those individuals seeking the Iowa Reading Specialist and Reading Teacher Endorsements.

Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, contact Admissions, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, 3561 60th Street, Moline, IL 61265, (309) 762-1495, WIU-QC-Admissions@wiu.edu, wiu.edu/qc.

For specific program questions, contact Dr. Laurel Borgia, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, (309) 298-2101, LG-Borgia@wiu.edu, wiu.edu/curriculum_and_instruction.