This program prepares certified K – 12 teachers and teachers in post-secondary settings for a variety of teaching and supervisory roles in language and literacy. The program is ideal for teachers who aspire to enhance their knowledge of reading and literacy instruction and transform schools and classrooms in pursuit of social justice. Core courses focus on the foundations of language and reading instruction, content area reading, the assessment and diagnosis of reading problems, and strategies and materials for teaching reading, writing, and language. In addition to completing the core courses, teachers develop their leadership potential through enrollment in one of the following concentrations: reading specialist, bilingual/ESL literacy, or post-secondary reading.
Course work is based on professional standards set by the International Reading Association (IRA), and the reading specialist program is nationally recognized by IRA and approved by the state of Illinois. A 200 hour clinical practicum, completed during the summer semester in Schaumburg, is required of the reading specialist concentration; upon successful completion of this concentration, and the required state exam, teachers can add the reading specialist endorsement to their teaching license. Upon the successful completion of the bilingual/ESL literacy concentration, teachers can add a bilingual or ESL endorsement to their license.
A minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the program, in addition to a valid teaching certificate or license. Applicants to the reading specialist concentration must provide evidence that two years of teaching experience will be completed before exit from the program.
Upon admission to the reading specialist concentration, a faculty advisor will conduct a transcript review to ensure that a special education survey course on exceptional children was taken as part of the completed teacher preparation program.
To earn the MA in reading, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work and all clinical experiences. All students are required to create an electronic portfolio using Taskstream. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C+, or C are allowed. The program faculty routinely assess students for evidence of professional dispositions.
In addition to 12 semester hours of the core courses listed below. Students should choose one of the following concentrations (18 credit hours each):
1.Reading Specialist (requires reading specialist exam at the completion of the concentration and a minimum of 2 years of documented teaching experience. Available only at Schaumburg campus)
In order to qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for a K - 12 reading specialist endorsement all requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including passing scores on the ICTS Basic Skills Test, the K-12 Assessment of Professional Teaching, and the Reading content exam. The Reading content exam should always be taken after all course requirements have been completed.
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