Master of Arts (m.a.)

Reading Master's

with Endorsement

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet one night a week, same night for the entire program

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Objectives

  • Strengthen their foundational knowledge of reading and writing processes
  • Apply varied instructional practices, methods, and curriculum materials to literacy
  • 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
  • Must possess a Professional Educator License prior to entering the program
  • Candidates must pass all State of Illinois examinations
  • Two years of lead teaching experience required to begin this program

Areas of Study

EDU 6210Studies in Elementary School Reading3
EDU 6225Diagnosis of Reading Problems3
EDU 6226Remediation of Reading Problems3
EDU 6200Beginning Reading Instruction3
EDU 6300Research in Children’s Literature3
EDU 6295Practicum in Reading Instruction I3
EDU 6205Research in Language & Reading Theory3
EDU 6230Content Reading in Middle & Secondary Schools3
EDU 6291Practicum in Remedial Reading II3
EDU 6291Roles of the Reading Specialist3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Master's Capstone Experience

Throughout the program, candidates will be required to reflect on their beliefs and practices as they relate to education. At the completion of the coursework, candidates for the Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction will be required to write a capstone paper demonstrating their understanding of content and theory, and their ability to apply content and theory to practice.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.