Reading Teacher Endorsement

This online program begins each fall and grants licensed teachers the opportunity to increase their expertise in literacy instruction and provides new and exciting resources for implementation in their school.  Candidates will earn a Reading Teacher endorsement on their current teaching licensure (early childhood, elementary, secondary) and receive ongoing support from experienced literacy educators.

Upon completion of the Reading Teacher endorsement (8 courses) candidates will have the option to complete an additional 2 courses to receive a Master's degree in Education.


A person may apply for the State of Illinois Reading Teacher endorsement upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0.

In addition to 24 hours of coursework, candidates for the Reading Teacher endorsement must:

  • Hold a valid Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • Pass the Reading Teacher Content Test

Time to complete

Approximately 4-5 semesters


Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 533 Reading and Writing Instruction and Improvement 3
EDU 535 Reading in Content Areas 3
EDU 541 Developmental and Remedial Materials and Resources 3
EDU 542 Developmental and Remedial Instruction and Support 3
EDU 582 Children's and Adolescent Literature 3
EDU 661 Literacy Development for English Language Learners 3
EDU 537 Assessment and Diagnosis in Reading 3
EDU 555 Reading Clinic 3