Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Curriculum

MEd in Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement

The program requires 33 semester hours, consisting of nine classes plus two full semester practicum experiences and a comprehensive portfolio at the end of coursework.

Required Courses (33 semester hours)

  • CIEP 424: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation in Reading
  • CIEP 426: Analysis of Reading Materials
  • CIEP 428: Seminar: Development and Administration of Reading Programs
  • CIEP 430: Practicum I - Improving Student Learning*
  • CIEP 452: Literacy Theory and Foundations
  • CIEP 453: Emergent Literacy
  • CIEP 454: Writing as Literacy
  • CIEP 456: Practicum II - Leadership in Reading/Professional Development**
  • CIEP 472: Methods & Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
  • CIEP 476: Research in the Teaching of Literacy
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents

*   Provides ISBE required opportunities to work with two or more readers at two or more grade levels

** Provide coaching support and professional development tied to data based decision making.  In addition, collaboration with school professionals

Course Sequence*

* Subject to change.

Year One
Semester Courses
Sem. 1 CIEP 426: Analysis of Reading Materials
CIEP 452: Literacy Theory and Foundations
Sem. 2 CIEP 454: Writing as Literacy
CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents
Sem. 3 CIEP 453: Emergent Literacy
CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
Year Two
Sem. 4 CIEP 424: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation in Reading
CIEP 476: Research in the Teaching of Literacy
Sem. 5 CIEP 428: Seminar: Development and Administration of Reading Programs
CIEP 430: Practicum I
Sem. 6 CIEP 456: Practicum II

Length of the Program: Most students complete the program in two years. Students take two classes every semester (including two courses each summer). Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. 

Program and State Requirements: Students interested in pursuing the M.Ed. in Reading must hold an Illinois teaching license and have two years teaching experience.  Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois licensure are required to pass an Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and a State Criminal Background Check. In addition, all policies and procedures for receiving Illinois licensure must be met.

Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in Reading are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Clinical Experiences: Students complete a series of field experiences that prepares them to become skilled literacy educators. These experiences will be integrated within each course and within each literacy field-site experience. The self-selected action research studies, practicum and leadership training projects will provide multiple opportunities for candidates to select topics of inquiry that challenge them to improve their own literacy teaching while also improving the opportunities for teachers and students to become successful literacy teachers and learners. These field experiences will enable candidates to translate research into best literacy practice and to act with social justice in mind.

Comprehensive Assessment: A Comprehensive Portfolio is required.  Students will be made aware of the requirements during the required courses in the program. The Portfolio format is available from the program faculty advisor. No application is required.  Program faculty will notify students of results.

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application and fee are required for a subsequent semester.

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