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M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with Focus on Reading
You have the power to be a teacher who can
provide transformational tools to children.
When children learn to read, they build the academic foundation for the rest of their lives. Our unique program will advance your competency in pedagogy that is culturally responsive and transformative; in literature for children and young adults; and in digital literacies and technology. Completion of our 33-semester-hour program leads to the K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement (or the 24-semester-hour Reading Teacher endorsement) being added to your Professional Educator License. You will meet or exceed expectations set by the Illinois State Board of Education and the International Literacy Association.
We believe that literacy enlightens, informs and emancipates. Literacy is the mirror that can reflect a lived experience back to us – or the door or window through which we peek at someone else’s lived experiences. You'll master four main competencies of highly qualified reading professionals:
- Knowledge and self-awareness of one’s positionality in multi-faceted systems of power
- Critical recognition of power structures and systems of oppression
- Creation of inclusive environments
- Advocacy for students, their families and other marginalized school personnel
Our Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic provides reading support services for K-12 students, continuing education and professional development opportunities for reading specialists and excellent practicum experiences for you.
You can apply to the NIU Graduate School as a degree-seeking student or as a student-at-large, which allows you to take a course while waiting for official admission to the program. Your complete application packet will require:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Your career goal statement
- You college transcripts and test scores (GRE or MAT)
Frequently Asked Questions
The M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education from NIU with a Focus on Reading is nationally recognized as an exemplary program by the International Literacy Association (ILA). As a competency-based program, each course builds upon the previous course(s) that are aligned with the standards for reading professionals developed by the ILA and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
At 33 credits, this degree will take you approximately 2-3 years to complete. If you've started coursework elsewhere, no problem! You are able to transfer up to 15 credits.
Phase I. Foundations in Literacy (15 credits)
- LTRE 500 Improvement of Reading in the Elementary School (3)
- LTRE 505 Teaching Reading in the Middle School (3)
- LTRE 511 Content Area Reading (3)
- LTIC 515 Bilingualism and Reading (3)
- LTLA 543 Writing Instruction (3)
Phase II. Diagnosis and Remediation (12 credits)
- LTRE 520 Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties (3)
- LTRE 530 Practicum in Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (3)
- LTRE 531 Practicum in Problems of Teaching Reading (3)
- LTCY 536 Literacy Research
Phase III. Leadership in Literacy (6 credits)
- LTRE 701 Supervisory Problems in Reading (3)
- LTCY 586 Internship (can be completed while teaching full-time) (3)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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