Our Reading Teacher Endorsement program is for teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree and a teaching license and would like to become a highly-qualified reading teacher. The program can be completed by enrolling in eight courses during four semesters, which qualifies for the Illinois State designation of a quality teacher of reading.




The State of Illinois Reading Teacher endorsement requires 24 semester hours (7 courses and a practicum). Endorsement only program course requirements may be modified only by departmentally approved equivalents. A minimum of 21 semester hours must be taken at Loyola.

To be eligible for the Reading Teacher Endorsement, students must hold a bachelor's degree and an Illinois teaching license. In order to add the endorsement for the middle grades, candidates must have completed the ISBE requirements for middle grades.

Continuous Enrollments: Students in endorsement only programs 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.

State Requirements: Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois licensure endorsements are required to pass a State Criminal Background Check. In addition, all policies and procedures for receiving Illinois certification must be met.

Course Offerings


  • CIEP 423: Content Area Reading


  • CIEP 422: Assessing Literacy
  • CIEP 424: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation in Reading (Practicum)
  • CIEP 426: Analysis of Reading Materials
  • CIEP 429: Children and Adolescent Literature
  • CIEP 430: Practicum I
  • CIEP 452: Literacy Theory and Foundations
  • CIEP 453: Emergent Literacy
  • CIEP 454: Writing as Literacy

Admission Requirements


The Reading Teacher Endorsement program has suspended admission until further notice. 

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships



The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.

  • Hank Bohanon, PhD
  • Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
  • Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
  • Collaborative school-community partnerships
  • Participatory action research and evaluation practices.
  • Language, literacy, and culture
  • Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
  • Instructional design and teaching practices
  • Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
  • Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhood