M.Ed. or C.A.S. in Reading
National Louis University’s graduate program in Reading degree is designed for teachers already holding a Professional Educator's License (PEL) who are interested in further developing their teaching skills or meeting the eligibility requirements to earn a Reading Teacher Endorsement or a Reading Specialist Endorsement.
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, development and instruction
- Want to achieve the state of Illinois Reading Teacher endorsement or Reading Specialist endorsement
Reading Education Graduate Degree Options
Master of Education (M.Ed.): The M.Ed. degree is designed for licensed professional teachers seeking advanced preparation for higher levels of professional competence in the classroom.
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 their 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.
Why NLU For Reading
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 educated thousands of Chicago-area teachers, who go on to become experts and leaders at local and national levels. Our graduates have won the prestigious Golden Apple teaching award more often than graduates at any other university in Illinois.
Our Reading program was designed by faculty with academic expertise and years of classroom experience, and our instructors help students build both theoretical and practical understanding of language and literacy education.
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 and writing processes and instruction
- A better understanding of the nature and development of reading and writing
- The ability to select appropriate literacy curriculum, including high quality literature, and to implement instructional approaches, assessment and instruction for divergent readers
- The expertise to provide staff development in schools
Over the long term, the demand for educational leaders and specialists who have a deep knowledge base in literacy will increase as a result of a growing emphasis on improving education and making it available to not only more children and young adults and those individuals with special needs, but also to students for whom English is a second language.
Reading Specialist - Endorsement
This program is designed for licensed teachers (already holding a PEL) who are interested in deepening their understanding of teaching reading and/or in becoming a certified 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 licensed teachers (already holding a PEL) 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 this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
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