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Reading Specialist Program Admission

Admission Eligibility

DePaul offers three program options for educators who wish to specialize in reading instruction: a Language Literacy and Specialized Instruction master's degree​​ and a Reading Teacher endorsement.

To be eligible to enroll in any of these programs, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and state teaching licensure. In addition, applicants to the Reading Specialist master's degree program must have at least one year of full-time teaching experience.

Application Requirements

A complete application to our Reading Specialist program or our Reading Teacher program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • $40 application fee
  • Copy of state teaching license
  • Evidence of at least one year of teaching experience, e.g., letter from principal (not required for applicants to the Reading Teacher endorsement program)

Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who are considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.

Application Deadlines

The Language Literacy and Specialized Instruction master's degree programs admit new students in the fall, winter, and summer quarters. 

Term

Regular Deadline

Notification Dates

Fall

August 15

rolling basis

Winter

December 1 rolling basis

Spring

No admissions --

Summer

May 1

rolling basis

The Reading Teacher endorsement program admits new students in the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Term

Regular Deadline

Notification Dates

Fall

August 15

rolling basis

Winter

December 1 rolling basis

Spring

March 1 rolling basis

Summer

No admissions

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All of these programs offer rolling admissions, but regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.

Applicants typically receive an admission decision 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.

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