Requirements for Admission to Literacy Education Programs for an MA in Literacy Education and Reading Teacher Endorsement at the Elementary or Secondary Level

For students admitted to graduate programs after Fall 1997, all graduate credits must be at the 400 level or above.

Candidates must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research and any additional requirements for admission to the Graduate Programs in Literacy Education. Candidates seeking a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy Education or a Reading Teacher Endorsement at the Elementary Level or at the Secondary Level must provide evidence of:

  • A current Illinois professional educator license endorsed for teaching

  • Successful completion of a course in educational psychology

  • ​A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in undergraduate work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the education major coursework

  • Successful completion of the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Basic Skills or the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT or SAT.

  • ​Submission of a written essay focused on professional experiences and goals

In addition to these requirements, candidates seeking admission to the Master of Arts Degree in Literacy Education leading to a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaching Endorsement must present evidence of a minimum of one year full-time teaching experience as the teacher of record. The Illinois State Board of Education requires a minimum of two years teaching experience as teacher of record in Illinois to qualify for Reading Specialist (K-12) endorsement. 

Expectations

All students participating in courses offered by the Department of Literacy Education are expected to adhere to the standards for academic conduct described in the Northeastern Illinois University Academic Catalog as well as the Northeastern Illinois University Student Handbook.

Candidates for the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach endorsement and for Reading Teacher Endorsements are further expected to adhere to the behaviors described in the Ethics Statement published by the International Literacy Association.

The Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaching Program consists of the following requirements

LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
LTCY-503Theoretical Foundations Of Literacy Education3
LTCY-504Literature For Instruction In A Diverse Society3
LTCY-505Writing Instruction In Elementary Grades3
or LTCY-506 Writing Instruction In Middle & High School
LTCY-507Literacy Assessment And Instructional Planning 1,23
(Prerequisites for Literacy Specialists: LTCY-501 and LTCY-502)
Capstone Courses
LTCY-508Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Elementary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-510Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Secondary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-511Research Seminar In Literacy Education 13
LTCY-512Leadership In Literacy Instruction 13
Select one of the folowing:3
Literacy Instruction For Middle Level
Literacy Instruction For Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners
Integrating Technology With Literacy Instruction
Total Hours33
1

Requires departmental approval

2

Benchmark Evaluation prior to LTCY-507
Candidates must be authorized to register for LTCY-507 Must have:

  • Must have completed LTCY-501LTCY-502LTCY-504 and either LTCY-505 or LTCY-506
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Must declare whether candidate for endorsement or reading specialist
  • Must have completed key assessments from LTCY-504 with results at the Acceptable or above.
  • Must have one faculty evaluation of professional dispositions
  • Must have submitted one self evaluation of professional dispositions
3

Must submit Professional Experience form

4

 Must be authorized to register

5

 Successful completion of Reading Teacher Test, #176, administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System prior to completion of course

The Final Evaluation for the Master of Arts Degree in Literacy Education 

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • One Self Evaluation of Professional Dispositions.
  • One Faculty Evaluation of Professional Dispositions from the Supervisor of the Clinical Practicum.
  • Submission of the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaching Program Survey.
  • Successful completion of the Reading Specialist Test, #176 administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System. Candidates must provide copies of the results of these tests to the department. All results must be from administrations of the tests within five years prior to the candidate's completion of the program and application for licensure.

Candidates admitted after Fall 2016 must submit an electronic portfolio.

Candidates admitted prior to Fall 2016 are required to submit key assessments from LTCY-503, LTCY-504. LTCY-507, LTCY-508, LTCY-510, LTCY-511, and LTCY-512 with results at an Acceptable level or above.
 

Requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement Program: Elementary Level

LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
LTCY-504Literature For Instruction In A Diverse Society3
LTCY-505Writing Instruction In Elementary Grades3
LTCY-507Literacy Assessment And Instructional Planning 13
(Prerequisites for Elementary Reading Endorsement: LTCY-501 and LTCY-502)
LTCY-508Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Elementary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-510Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Secondary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-512Leadership In Literacy Instruction 13
Total Hours24
1

Must be authorized to register

2

Must submit Professional Experience Form

3

Successful completion of Reading Teacher Test, #176, administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System prior to completion of course

Final Evaluation for Reading Teacher Endorsement Program: Elementary Level

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • One Self Evaluation of Professional Dispositions
  • One Faculty Evaluation of Professional Dispositions from the Supervisor of the Clinical Practicum
  • Submission of the Reading Teacher Endorsement Program Survey
  • Successful completion of the Reading Teacher Test, #177 administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System. All results must be from administrations of the tests within five years prior to the candidate's completion of the program and application for endorsement

Requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement Program: Secondary Level

LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
LTCY-504Literature For Instruction In A Diverse Society3
LTCY-506Writing Instruction In Middle & High School3
LTCY-507Literacy Assessment And Instructional Planning 13
(Prerequisites for Secondary Reading Endorsement: LTCY-501 and LTCY-502)
LTCY-508Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Elementary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-510Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Secondary Level 1,2,33
LTCY-512Leadership In Literacy Instruction3
Total Hours24
1

Must be authorized to register

2

Must submit Professional Experience Form

3

Successful completion of Reading Teacher Test, #176, administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System prior to completion of course

Final Evaluation for Reading Teacher Endorsement Program: Secondary Level

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 
  • One Self Evaluation of Professional Dispositions
  • One Faculty Evaluation of Professional Dispositions from the Supervisor of the Clinical Practicum
  • Submission of the Reading Teacher Endorsement Program Survey 
  • Successful completion of the Reading Teacher Test, #177 administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System. Candidates must provide copies of the results of these tests to the department. All results must be from administrations of the tests within five years prior to the candidate's completion of the program and application for endorsement. 

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LTCY-504Literature For Instruction In A Diverse Society3
LTCY-505 or 506Writing Instruction In Elementary Grades3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
LTCY-503Theoretical Foundations Of Literacy Education3
LTCY-507Literacy Assessment And Instructional Planning3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
LTCY-508Practicum In Literacy Assessment Intervention: Elementary Level3
LTCY-510Practicum In Literacy Assessment Intervention: Secondary Level3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LTCY-511Research Seminar In Literacy Education3
LTCY-512Leadership In Literacy Instruction3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 33