Reading Teacher Endorsement - Post-B.A.Certificate Program
The certificate leads to
an Illinois State Board of Education endorsement. In addition to meeting the university admission criteria, you must hold an Illinois or comparable out-of-state license in Early
Childhood Education, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.You must have completed two
years of teaching before being admitted to the reading diagnosis course.You will take
courses in diagnosis, remediation, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic foundations of
literacy, integrating literature across
the curriculum and narrative and expository writing instruction. Practicum experiences,at either the elementary or secondary levels,are matched to your existing teaching certificate.You have the option of applying your credits toward the M.A.in Reading and a
reading specialist certification.Admission requirements to the M.A.program apply.
Before completing six credit-hours (READ6210 and one additional READ course),students
- Meet the university admission criteria.
- Hold a valid Illinois (or comparable out-of-state) Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Professional Educator License.
- Have completed at least two years of appropriate teaching experience or will have completed two
years of teaching before being enrolled in READ7240 Reading Diagnosis.
- Submit a formal application to
- The certificate in Reading
Teacher Endorsement application.
additional set of transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A.
of 2.75 or higher
in all undergraduate
work attempted and all grades in graduate
course work at a
- Syllabi and/or detailed narrative descriptions of
graduate reading course
work to be evaluated for transfer credit, if applicable.
- A copy of a valid Illinois or
out-of-state initial,standard or master teaching certificate/professional educator license
- Evidence of
having passed the Test of Academic
Proficiency of the Illinois
Certification Testing System, or evidence of possessing an Illinois professional educator license that required passing this test.
- Evidence of
teaching experience in a recognized public or private school as directed in
Requirements for Transfer of Previous Graduate Coursework
Students with previous graduate reading coursework may be allowed to apply a maximum of six credit-hours to the program requirements. Only courses potentially equivalent to specific GSU Reading courses (READ6190, 6200, 6220 or 6230) will be considered. Courses must have been
completed no longer than six years prior to application for admission to the certificate in Reading Teacher Endorsement. Petitions and documents for these applied credits must be submitted before
or at the same time as application for continuation in the certificate(i.e.prior to completion of READ6210 and one additional READ course). No courses
taken at another institution after admission to the certificate may be
applied. All petitions for
transfer of coursework
will be evaluated by the M.A. in Reading faculty.
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Required Courses (24 Hours)
- READ6190 Narrative and Expository Writing Instruction, K-12 (3)
- READ6200 Language, Culture and Literacy(3)
- READ6210 Survey
of Reading: Theory and Practice (3)
- READ6220 Teaching Reading in Content Areas (3)
- READ 6230 Integrating
Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature Across the Curriculum (3)
- READ7240 Literacy Assessment (3)
- READ7250 Strategies and Interventions for Struggling Readers(3)
Select the practicum appropriate to original certificate/license:
- READ8260 Literacy Strategies 1-5 w/ Practicum (3) or
- READ8270 Literacy Strategies 6-12 w/ Practicum(3)
Total- 24 Hours
Completion Requirement- Effective July 1, 2012, ISBE requires the ICTS content test prior to being
admitted to READ8260 or 8270. Note: Those who complete the certificate in Reading Teacher Endorsement have the option of applying these credits towards the
M.A.in Reading and for licensure
as a Reading Specialist. Admission requirements and time restrictions for the M.A.in Reading apply.
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