The Reading Specialist program requires 39 semester credit hours and a minimum of 150 clinical hours of teaching experience across grades Pre-K to 12, including three intensive and extensive practicum experiences in which the candidate participates in assessment, developing case reports, planning and carrying out instruction, and conducting professional development and coaching activities.
Upon completion of the program, and with your Type 10 Reading Specialist Certificate, you will be eligible to teach reading to students and provide technical assistance and professional development in reading to other teachers.
Work at your own pace or with a cohort group of peers. Courses begin at our main Romeoville campus every semester and the typical student can complete the program in six semesters or less. Cohorts are also offered at our Shorewood and Tinley Park regional campuses on a two-year cycle.
"I felt very prepared to step right into a Reading Specialist position because of my experience at Lewis. I had the wide array of knowledge necessary to communicate and help struggling learners."
"The most valuable assets I receive from Lewis are the interactions with the faculty. They are always willing to help and have wonderful connections and experiences to share from the literacy world."
"I can get an education anywhere, but I have received a very personable, thought-provoking experience at Lewis."
"You work hard for your degree at Lewis, but you also feel the most confident in your field when you enter it because you're prepared for the real-world situations you encounter on a daily basis."
"My experience at Lewis has been very positive. I now feel prepared to enter into a teaching career knowing Lewis has provided me with a new and effective approach to teaching."