READING AND LITERACY, READING SPECIALIST/MASTER OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 39
To obtain a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Reading and Literacy, Reading Specialist, candidates must satisfactorily complete 39 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive examination. This program leads to a Type 10 Reading Specialist Certificate. See complete admission requirements in College of Education introduction.
Candidates seeking the Master of Arts degree and Type 10 Specialist Certificate in Reading (P-12) via entitlement must meet certain criteria.
These include the following:
- A valid initial or standard Illinois Teaching Certificate (Type 03, 04, 09, 10).
- Submit evidence of passing grade on Illinois Certification Basic Skills Test.
- Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).
- Evidence of two (2) years of successful teaching experience by the end of the program.
- Successful completion of the following program requirements:
STATE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
At the conclusion of the program, candidates seeking a Type 10 Reading Specialist certificate must pass the Illinois Certification Test for the Reading Specialist, as well as the Assessment of Professional Teaching Test for grades K12.
52-504 Technology in the Reading and Writing Program (1)
52-509 Child and Adolescent Literature (3)
52-523 Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades 4-12, Including the Content Areas (3)
52-524 Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades P-3 (3)
52-527 Teaching Reading to the Diverse Learner (3)
52-529 Methods and Practicum in Reading Diagnosis and Remediation (3)
52-533 Methods and Strategies for Reading Comprehension Instruction, Including Instructional Practicum for the Reading Teacher (3)
52-534 Teaching Writing in the Literacy Program (2)
52-536 Remediation of Reading Difficulties (3)
52-538 Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)
52-547 Supervising the P-12 Reading Program (3)
51-548 Educational Organization and Administration (3)
52-575 Practical Research for Learning Communities (3)
52-598 Practicum for the Reading Specialist (3)
150 Clinical Hours
STATEMENT ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
At the conclusion of the program, candidates seeking a Type 10 Reading Specialist certificate must pass the Illinois Certification Test for the Reading Specialist, as well as the Assessment of Professional Teaching Test for grades K-12.