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Location: Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

Concentrations available:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Reading Teacher
  • LBS1
Erica Flores
,  Associate Director of Admissions
Margaret Policastro
,  Program Director
Alex Ramirez
,  Graduate Advisor

What Differentiates Us


Flexible Schedule

Flexible, online course schedules during the fall and spring semesters enable teachers to start this program in any semester and to complete assignments from home or at work. Summer coursework is face-to-face on the Schaumburg Campus, and centers upon guided teaching and learning in an intensive, reading clinic setting.


Learn From Experts

Courses are taught by highly productive full-time faculty who have published numerous books on language and literacy learning. Current practitioners in PreK-12 schools provide up-to-date perspective on strategies for working with diverse learners.


Choose From Three Concentrations

The ability to earn the reading specialist, reading teacher, or bilingual/ESL endorsement enables teachers to choose the course of study that will be most beneficial for their schools and students.

Expectations & Requirements


Educators with this degree fill an enormous need for teachers who can respond to the unique needs of PreK-12 students who need support with their reading, writing, and oral communication. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, flexible schedules for posting online responses to readings, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences. Reading specialists are prepared to use evidence-based techniques and innovative methods to help students learn to read through intensive, guided practice in a reading clinic setting that has been in operation at the Schaumburg Campus for over 27 years.

Sample Courses

  • Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • Approaches to Teaching Language and Literacy to the Learning Disabled
  • Supervision of Personnel and Curriculum Development in Language and Literacy
  • Clinical Practicum in Literacy (6 semester hours, 200 hours of clinical practice required)


Career Options


Margaret Policastro

Our program infuses best practices in balanced literacy instruction into all of our coursework and shows teachers how to foster engaged professional learning communities that deepen knowledge of and commitment to these practices in PreK-12 classrooms. The opportunity to add on a bilingual/ESL endorsement provides our students with a unique opportunity to enhance reading, writing, and oral language communication among second-language speakers and learners.

Margaret Policastro
Professor, Language and Literacy, Roosevelt University

Admission Info

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • 2.7 GPA required
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
  • Valid teacher's license required.

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