Reading, MA

Offered in: Schaumburg | Roosevelt Online

This program prepares licensed teachers in kindergarten through grade 12 and teachers in post-secondary settings for a variety of teaching and supervisory roles in language and literacy. The program is ideal for licensed teachers who aspire to enhance their knowledge of reading and literacy instruction and transform schools and classrooms in pursuit of social justice.

Course work is based on professional standards set by the International Reading Association, and the program is nationally recognized by IRA and approved by the state of Illinois. The requirements for the Illinois reading specialist endorsement are integrated into the program. The program also offers courses that prepare teachers to obtain the ESL or bilingual endorsement. 

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.

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.

Admission

A minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the program, in addition to a valid teaching license. Applicants to the reading specialist concentration must provide evidence that two years of teaching experience will be completed before exit from the program.

Prerequisites

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.

Requirements

To earn the MA in reading, students must complete 30 credit hours of course work and all clinical experiences. 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 the 12 credit hours of core courses listed below, students should choose one of the 18-credit-hour concentrations that follow (Bilingual/ESL Literacy, Post-Secondary Reading or Reading Specialist):

Core Courses
READ 432STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND LANGUAGE3
READ 436FOUNDATIONS OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY INSTRUCTION3
READ 437PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY ASSESSMENT3
READ 463TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS3
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:18
Bilingual/ESL Literacy
Post-Secondary Reading
Reading Specialist
Total Credit Hours30

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 ILTS Basic Skills Test or TAP, the K-12 Assessment of Professional Teaching or the edTPA, and the Reading content exam. The Reading content exam should always be taken after all course requirements have been completed.

Bilingual/ESL Literacy concentration

The Bilingual/ESL Literacy concentration does not require teaching experience, but it does require a teaching license. All courses are delivered online.

READ 458LINGUISTICS FOR ESL TEACHERS3
READ 468FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION (10-30 clinical hours)3
READ 473ASSESSMENT OF BILINGUAL STUDENTS (10-25 clinical hours)3
READ 474METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING BILINGUAL STUDENTS (10-20 clinical hours)3
READ 475METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ESL (10-25 clinicial hours)3
READ 476CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES FOR TEACHING LIMITED ENGLISH STUDENTS (10-20 clinical hours)3
Total Credit Hours18

Post-Secondary Reading concentration

The Post-Secondary Reading concentration requires teaching experience in a community college or other adult educational setting. This concentration does not lead to an endorsement, but it does provide expertise in adult reading and literacy instruction.

READ 435HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERACY TO STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES3
READ 438SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY3
READ 439YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (online, spring semester)3
READ 480MTDS INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
or READ 468 FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION
READ 495INDEPENDENT STUDY (must entail a field-based project at the post-secondary level)6
Total Credit Hours18

Reading Specialist concentration

The Reading Specialist concentration requires the reading specialist exam at the completion of the concentration and a minimum of two years of documented teaching experience. It is available online and at the Schaumburg campus.

READ 434LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS3
READ 435HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERACY TO STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES3
READ 438SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY3
READ 470CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN LITERACY (200 hours of clinical practice required)6
READ 480MTDS INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
or READ 468 FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION
Total Credit Hours18