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Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCG 410INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH: PURPOSES, ISSUES, AND METHODOLOGIES4
Select one of the following:4
SCG 401
ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
SCG 402
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
SCG 403
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: ELEMENTARY
SCG 406
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING:SECONDARY
SCG 439
PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF YOUTH AND MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
Select one of the following: 4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Reading Specialist Core Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 430INTRODUCTION TO READING ASSESSMENT4
SER 405TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 432DEVELOPING LITERACY: ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION4
SER 433ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC TEACHING OF READING4
SER 438LITERATURE-BASED AND CONTENT AREA LITERACY INSTRUCTION4

Leadership Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 435LITERACY PROGRAMS: CURRICULUM AND COLLABORATION4
SER 437LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN LITERACY4

Practicum Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 542PRACTICUM IN LITERACY ASSESSMENT4
SER 543PRACTICUM IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT4
SER 544PRACTICUM IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION, ASSESSMENT, AND COLLABORATION4

Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd)

Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements: 4 Quarter Hours, Grade of C or Better Required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 549THESIS RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION4

The Master’s Thesis is completed in conjunction with faculty advisement. Preparation for the writing of the Thesis should begin well in advance of the completion of coursework. Oral examination on Thesis required. Consult the MA Thesis Handbook for additional information.

Master of Education (MEd) Degree Requirement

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 608CAPSTONE IN SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION (non-tuition, PA grade required)0
Clinical Experience

The practicum courses provide an opportunity to apply knowledge from course work to teaching struggling learners and those with disabilities. In these courses,  students provide diagnostic and remedial services to children and adolescents from the Chicago area under the supervision of program faculty. Theses courses are offered in an on-campus facility.

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  

Reading Specialist students must complete the following tests:

  • Reading Specialist Content Area Test (test #176) – assesses knowledge of language, reading, and literacy.
  • Test of Basic Skills (one of the following): 
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to applying for the endorsement. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
    • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15-Composite score of 22 with combined English/Writing score of 19 OR 9/1/15 and later-Composite score of 22 with Writing score of 16
    • SAT: Composite score of 1030 (mathematics and critical writing) with a minimum writing score of 450
    • Out-of-state test of basic skills that led to licensure in another state

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