Reading Specialist K-12 Certificate

Study Formats Online, Face-to-Face

This degree is available 100% online, as well as through cohorts on campus and at satellite locations in the Chicagoland area.

 

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Concordia University Chicago's certificate in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

Program Objectives

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

Upon successful completion of the required courses and the Illinois 221 Reading Specialist Test, candidates are eligible for the *Illinois Reading Specialist credential, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or secondary Illinois school settings.

*The Illinois Reading Specialist credential requires Illinois licensure (PEL). Students with out-of-state licensure are welcome to enroll in the Reading Education program, but are not eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential. Questions regarding reciprocity by state should be directed toward the student’s state of licensure, or ISBE.net (Illinois State Board of Education).

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a valid Illinois PEL prior to entering program
  • Complete the Master of Arts in Reading coursework
  • Pass all State of Illinois examinations
  • Have successfully completed two years of lead teaching experience

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • EDU-6200 Beginning Reading Instruction
  • EDU 6205 Foundations of Reading and Language Theory
  • EDU-6212 Studies in Literacy and Multiliteracies
  • EDU-6230 Content Reading: Middle and Secondary Schools
  • EDU-6291 Roles, Relationship and Ethics of the Reading Professional
  • EDU 6300 Research in Children's Literature
  • EDU 6234 Assessment of Reading with Remedial Materials and Resources (6 hours, 16 weeks)
  • EDU 6298 Reading Practicum Using Developmental Instruction and Support (6 hours, 16 weeks)

Master's Capstone Experience

A master's capstone is a requirement for the Master of Arts in Reading. A capstone is a summary of work that demonstrates growth toward, and understanding of, professional standards. The capstone provides an opportunity performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s competence in using technology and ability to interpret theory into practice. All work required for the capstone is embedded in coursework and practical experience throughout the program.

 

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