College of Education > Academics > Counseling & Special Education > Licensure & Endorsements > Reading Specialist (K-12) Endorsement
Courses in the Reading Specialist endorsement (K-12) program are a subset of courses in the Reading Specialist master’s degree program. Students who complete the endorsement program have the option to continue coursework if they want to eventually earn a full master’s degree in this area.
The Reading Specialist endorsement (K-12) program and Reading Specialist master’s degree are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students seeking a first teaching license. Applicants must already hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).
To be eligible for the Reading Specialist endorsement only program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). Please note that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the State licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
Note: The Reading Specialist Endorsement requires a previously completed Master's degree.
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. These courses are offered in an on-campus facility.
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:
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