Add the reading teacher minor to your education major, and you'll be eligible for a reading teacher endorsement on your Illinois teaching license.


There's a shortage of reading teachers in classrooms across Illinois. Adding this minor to your education major will help address the problem. Equipped with the skills to help students who struggle to learn to read, you'll be making a life-changing impact.

Our Commitment to You


Upon graduation with an education degree and reading teach minor from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to teach reading in the grade levels of your major degree (e.g., elementary or secondary education).



You'll develop a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. Plus, you'll have multiple opportunities to engage with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners.




With the foundational knowledge from your Loyola education, you will utilize theories, data, and research practices when making decisions in your classroom, for your students, and when assessing the effectiveness of teaching and learning.


Professional Values


As a Loyola-trained educator, you'll emphasize the importance of each of your students as an individual. You'll have high expectations for your students and values the experiences of diverse students. And you'll have the tools and training to address societal issues like inequitable resources and institutional barriers to success for all.


Program Faculty

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



This minor is open only to Education majors. Grades of "C-" or lower are not counted toward fulfillment of minor requirements.

Students with majors in elementary education, middle grades ELA and Social Studies, and English secondary education can complete this minor within their four-year program plan. All other education majors require additional time.

Required Courses (24 credit hours)

  • CIEP 206: Children’s Literature (3 credit hours) OR CIEP 350: Adolescent Literature (3 credit hours)
  • CIEP 359: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3 credit hours) or CIEP 327: Teaching English Language Arts in the Middle Grades(3 credit hours)
  • TLSC 310: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students(2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 320: Individualized Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Students (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 330: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students (2 credit hours)
  • CIEP 328: Assessment for Reading Teachers (3 credit hours)
  • CIEP 329: Materials, Resources and Strategies for the Reading Teacher (3 credit hours)
  • CIEP305: Reading Teacher Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • TLSC 300: Professional Learning Community for Reading Teacher Candidates (3 credit hours) OR equivalent course as determined by Advisor.

Required Illinois Testing

Students must complete the Illinois State Board of Education Reading Teacher Exam (#222).

Admission Requirements


Visit Undergraduate Admission to start your online application today.

  • For program structure and academics related questions, contact: Adam Kennedy, Program Chair

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.