NIUís College of Education Literacy Clinic provides reading support for K-12 students, high quality practicum experiences for candidates who are pursuing graduate studies in reading, and continuing education and professional development opportunities for reading specialists. Established over 60 years ago, the NIU Literacy Clinic supports courses leading to the reading teacher endorsement and the Type 10, K-12 Reading Specialist Certification through the Illinois State Board of Education.
The founder of the Literacy Clinic was Eugene B. Grant who served as director for 15 years until his retirement in 1973. Dr. Grant passed away in 1988. Subsequent directors included Jane L. Davidson, James H. Moss, Earl Hanson, Thomas E. Wheat, Jerry L. Johns and Laurie Elish-Piper.