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 Reading Teacher Endorsement program has suspended admission until further notice. 


Course Prerequisites

  • 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

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.


Application Deadline: 
Summer: March 1 
(semester begins mid-May)
Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by April 2nd


Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.


A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


One Letter of Recommendation and One Reference
We ask that you submit one letter of recommendation and list one additional contact  the application committee may follow up with directly.  Recommenders and References may be academic or professional in nature.


If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letter may be submitted online. Or, your recommender may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  • Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals;
  • Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.



Illinois Teaching License
Proof of a Professional Educator License should be submitted.


Tuition and Financial Aid



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.