Admission to the Program
Welcome to Governors State University! We in the MA in Reading program look forward to meeting you in the near future. This document will tell you about the steps you will need to take in order to obtain full admission to the MA in Reading program here at Governors State University.
After meeting the university admission requirements, you must meet the complete set of admission requirements as articulated in the Governors State University Catalog in order to continue in the Early Childhood Education program.
You may enroll in two courses in the program before being fully admitted. Those two courses must include READ 820 Psycholinguistic/Sociolinguistic Foundations of Literacy and/or READ 821 Survey of Reading. Before enrolling in a third class, you must submit the following materials and meet with Mr. John Powers, Academic Advisor, to develop a Study Plan.
- 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 “B” or better;
- syllabi and/or detailed narrative descriptions of previous graduate reading course work to be evaluated for transfer credit (Transfer of credit is very limited; see catalog for details.);
- scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (General Test), including a score of 4 or higher on the Writing Subtest;
- a valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state initial, standard or master teaching certificate;
- evidence of having passed the Basic Skills Test of the Illinois Certification Testing System or evidence of possessing an Illinois teaching certificate that required passing this test; and
- evidence of two years teaching experience in a recognized public or private school as directed in the application materials by completion of the program. This evidence must be submitted before admission to READ824.
Every graduate reading class is offered twice during each academic year, not every trimester, and some classes have prerequisite courses. (See Schedule of READ Coursework.) Therefore, it is very important that you contact Mr. Powers before or while you take your first class in the MA in Reading program in order to plan an efficient sequence of courses.
Click here to review the complete catalog listing for the MA Reading, including complete admission requirements.
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