Individualized Program - Reading Teacher Endorsement
The Individualized Program in Reading is designed in response to practicing teachers' requests for coursework that strengthens their ability to teach reading/literacy in K-12 settings, including content teachers in middle and high schools. The focus of this online program is to help individuals be better teachers of reading. Using an online cohort model, teachers are with other professionals who are also facing new literacy requirements. This program addresses the demands of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and emphasizes teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening across the curriculum including history/social studies, science and technical subjects at grades 6-12.
The Individualized Program in Reading satisfies the coursework requirements for a reading teacher endorsement in Illinois. The reading teacher endorsement can be added to an Illinois license for the grade levels an educator is licensed to teach. Graduate students who are interested in obtaining the endorsement in Illinois must also pass the Illinois Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist Content Test. Graduate students in states outside of Illinois must check their state's requirements for a reading endorsement. Graduate students pursuing an M.A. in Education with a concentration in reading are not required to be certified teachers; however, all who enroll will gain an in-depth understanding of the teaching of reading. Completing the M.A. Individualized Program in Reading does not grant state licensure and does not lead to licensure as a reading specialist. Graduate students licensed to teach in Illinois who are interested in the reading specialist endorsement for grades K through 12 should consult the program description for Saint Xavier University's Master of Arts Reading Specialist Program. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for federal TEACH Grants and ISAC Scholarships.
This online program meets Illinois state requirements for the reading teacher endorsement – 24 semester hours in reading including 6 State of Illinois designated courses. Our program offers 27 semester hours in reading plus 9 required hours as part of the University's School of Education Individualized Program requirements.
Courses include Foundations of Language & Literacy; Content Area Reading; Children & Adolescent Literature; Literacy Instruction, Materials, & Resources for Diverse Learners; Practicum I: Assessment & Evaluation; and Practicum II: Literacy Interventions for Diverse Learners.
Additional courses that make this reading endorsement program distinctive are:
- 21st Century Literacies
- Teaching Writing K-12
- Teaching Reading and Writing in a Second Language
These courses meet state requirements with a depth beyond typical programs. The 21st Century Literacies course offers teachers extensive hands-on experience with Web 2.0 applications. Teaching writing and working with ESL populations are areas in which teachers often ask for instructional assistance and in-depth understandings as they work with the changing educational demands at their schools.
- Mary Campbell, Ph.D.
- Peter Hilton, Ph.D.
- M. Tara Joyce, Ed.D.
- Kathleen McInerney, Ph.D.
- Ruth Rohlwing, Ed.D. (Program Leader)
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Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA) is the honor society of the International Reading Association. The Zeta chapter of AUA is located at Saint Xavier University. Upon completion of 12 credit hours and faculty recommendation, students may be invited to become members of this organization.
Disclaimer: Although it is intended that courses herein will remain the same, sometimes course titles and content may change to respond to the current requirements of the University or ISBE.