M.Ed., M.S.Ed. or C.A.S. in Reading
National Louis University’s Master's in Education - Reading degree is designed for teachers already holding an initial license who are interested in further developing their teaching skills or meeting the eligibility requirements to earn a Reading Teacher Endorsement or Reading Specialist Endorsement. NLU’s reading education graduate program has received national recognition from the International Reading Association (IRA) and is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Consider getting your reading education graduate degree at NLU if you:
- Are a teacher, supervisor, administrator, or other professional who wants to enhance your skills within the areas of literacy acquisition, development, and instruction
- Want to gain the state of Illinois Reading Teacher endorsement or Reading Specialist Endorsement
Reading Education Graduate Degree Options
Master of Education (M.Ed.): The M.Ed. in Reading degree is designed for licensed professional teachers seeking advanced preparation for higher levels of professional competence in the classroom.
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.): The M.S.Ed. in Reading degree is designed for qualified licensed candidates seeking preparation for leadership positions in education and to enable students to pursue continued study at the post-master’s level.
Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.): The C.A.S. in Reading is designed for those seeking to add a new career dimension to his or her current professional competencies. Applicants for the C.A.S. must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and, if required by the program, a valid teaching license. Click here to view program disclosure information.
The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here.
Why Earn a Reading Education Graduate Degree at NLU?
NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we’ve trained thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners — one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state. Our instructors bring both academic skills and practical experience to the classroom, and our students are highly qualified — creating a unique depth to NLU's Master of Education programs.
What You Will Learn
Through coursework, practicum experiences and study with peers and faculty, you’ll gain:
- An in-depth understanding of the research, theory and practice related to the reading process and reading instruction
- A better understanding of the nature of reading and its development
- The ability to implement instructional approaches, assessment and instruction for divergent readers
Wage and salary employment growth of 23 percent is expected for instructional coordinators with a reading specialty during the 2008-18 period. Over the long term, the demand for workers in educational services will increase as a result of a growing emphasis on improving education and making it available not only to more children and young adults, those with special needs, but also for those whom English is a second language.
Reading Specialist Endorsement
This program is designed for teachers already holding initial licensure who are interested in developing their literacy teaching or in applying to be a Reading Specialist. The reading sequence fulfills the state of Illinois guidelines for the preparation of Reading Specialists.
Reading Teacher Endorsement
This program is designed for teachers already holding initial licensure who are interested in developing their literacy teaching or in applying to be a Reading Teacher. The reading sequence fulfills the state of Illinois guidelines for the preparation of Reading Teachers.
Additional Program Requirements
Candidates must complete an electronic portfolio reflecting IRA/NCATE/ISBE standards and must be an active member of a professional literacy organization. Students who receive more than one “C” grade in any courses may not continue in the program. Courses needed to meet State of Illinois general and professional education courses and other state prerequisite requirements are not included in this listing. Visit the Illinois State Board of Education for specific requirements, updates and amendments.
Prepare for the TAP at NLU
Want to enroll in an educator-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes three-week courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. Register today!
Reading Education Graduate Program Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to the Reading program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.
Get more information today about enrolling in NLU’s graduate program in Reading. Talk to your Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY(888.658.8632).
Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.