Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement


The MEd in Reading program prepares teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree and a teaching license to become a highly-qualified reading teacher. The program is designed to provide three unique foci in graduate coursework: Teaching as research, writing as literacy, and serving as professionals dedicated to social justice.

Courses integrate these key components and offer students the skills they need to provide leadership, quality instructional literacy strategies, and support services to K-12 schools in the use of reading and related communication systems. The notion of teaching as research connects inquiry as the basic link for helping teachers explore the nature and function of reading in their own schools and in other institutions. The concept of writing as literacy provides an opportunity for teachers to use writing for different purposes and audiences. In addition, the concept of teaching for social justice requires that candidates act in ways that provide equity and access for all learners.

The MEd in Reading program covers the knowledge and skills required by the Illinois State Board of Education Content Standards for the Reading Specialist endorsement.

Program benefits

  • Balance study with full-time work by taking courses in late afternoon and evening course.
  • Earn a K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement, which is in high-demand in Illinois.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the field of reading/literacy instruction.

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The Teaching and Learning Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.

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