Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Teacher Endorsement, M.Ed.

Degree + Endorsement

Fulfill the challenges of a high-needs area in education – literacy and learning.

Candidates in the Reading Teacher Endorsement graduate program at Lewis University learn from experts in the field, studying the demands of the Common Core standards for the most challenged learners. During the program, candidates will learn strategic comprehension instruction and technology for literacy, how to diagnose and address reading problems in all students, and various instructional methods for different age groups. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be prepared for the state of Illinois Reading Teacher test and receive the Reading Teacher Endorsement for grades Pre-K through 12.

Reading Specialist Completion Option

Candidates may complete the requirements for Reading Specialist credentials by taking just five additional courses.

Reading Teacher Endorsement Non-Degree Program

Candidates may take coursework to earn the Reading Teacher Endorsement to add onto their Professional Educator License, without obligation to complete the Master of Education degree. Academic Advisors work with candidates to customize coursework to complete the State of Illinois requirements.

The Reading Teacher Endorsement graduate program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the International Literacy Association (ILA). The program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Dr. Martha H. Rusnak Scholarship for Reading Professionals
  • TEACH Grant
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations and Methods of Teaching Content Area Reading and Intermediate-Adolescent Literacy
  • Teaching Reading to the Diverse Learner
  • Strategic Comprehension Instruction and Practicum for the Reading Teacher
  • Theory and Practice for Intervention and Remediation of Reading
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement

Career Options:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Literacy Coach
  • Reading Teacher

Admission Requirements

To be accepted for admission in the Reading Teacher Endorsement graduate program at Lewis University, candidates must meet the following credentials:
  • Illinois Professional Educator License
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 credit hours of study
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of the Lewis University College of Education Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form with non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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