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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Reading

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 33
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Portfolio
Thesis: None

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. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion

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.

Curriculum Plan: The program requires 33 semester hours, consisting of 9 classes plus two full semester practicum experiences and a comprehensive portfolio at the end of course work.

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. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)

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.

Required Courses (33 semester hours)

*   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

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.


School of Education
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