Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach. Upon successful completion of the required courses and the Illinois 176 Reading Specialist Test, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or secondary school settings.
To be eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a valid Illinois PEL prior to entering the program
- Complete the Master of Arts in Reading coursework
- Pass all State of Illinois examinations
- Have successfully completed two years of lead teaching experience
Candidates are required to complete an eight-course program of study with embedded fieldwork in reading for a total of 30 graduate credit hours, including practicum experiences at both the elementary and intermediate/upper level as well as the capstone experience.
- Understand the principles, practices, and problems in public and private school programs with an emphasis on application of current theory and research in reading education.
- Interpret the historical development of reading education in America, utilizing contemporary curriculum organization models and pertinent research.
- Analyze contemporary reading and instruction issues in the United States, including the obstacles and challenges faced by educators and current educational policy-making and reform.
- Synthesize reading curriculum, teaching and pedagogy into effective teacher leadership in classrooms and beyond.
- Create appropriate strategies for improved teacher practice and successful learning outcomes.
- Develop the professional habit and responsibility for reflective practice, both in general classroom pedagogy and in the specific learning perspectives of individual students.
This program will enable candidates to:
- Strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes.
- Apply varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy instruction.
- Use assessment to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
- Create literate environments that foster literacy instruction.
- View professional development in reading as a career-long effort.
- Engage students in a curriculum that places value on the diversity that exists in our society, as featured in elements such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, and language.
*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.
Core Courses (30 hours)
- EDU-6200 Beginning Reading Instruction (3 hours)
- EDU-6205 Foundations of Language and Reading Theory (3 hours)
- EDU-6210 Studies in Literacy (3 hours)
- EDU-6230 Content Reading: Middle and Secondary Schools (3 hours)
- EDU-6234 Assessment of Reading with Remedial Materials and Resources (6 hours)
- EDU-6291 Roles, Relationships, and Ethics of the Reading Professional (3 hours)
- EDU-6298 Reading Practicum Using Developmental Instruction and Support (6 hours)
- EDU-6300 Research in Children’s Literature (3 hours)
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Last updated June 8, 2018