Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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MEd in Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement

  • 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.
  • Understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. 
  • Understand and use appropriate materials and strategies to support literacy learning. 
  • Utilize range of assessments to plan for instruction and evaluate literacy learning. 
  • Recognize and value diversity as an integral part of literacy instruction 
  • Demonstrate value of leadership in literacy education.  

Required Courses (33 semester hours)

  • CIEP 424: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation in Reading
  • CIEP 426: Analysis of Reading Materials
  • CIEP 428: Seminar: Development and Administration of Reading Programs
  • CIEP 430: Practicum I - Improving Student Learning*
  • CIEP 452: Literacy Theory and Foundations
  • CIEP 453: Emergent Literacy
  • CIEP 454: Writing as Literacy
  • CIEP 456: Practicum II - Leadership in Reading/Professional Development**
  • CIEP 472: Methods & Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
  • CIEP 476: Research in the Teaching of Literacy
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents

*   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

The program requires 33 semester hours, consisting of nine classes plus two full semester practicum experiences and a comprehensive portfolio at the end of coursework.

Course Sequence*

* Tentative Course Schedule

Year One - Fall 2019
Semester Courses
Fall 2019 CIEP 426: Analysis of Reading Materials
CIEP 452: Literacy Theory and Foundations
Spring 2020 CIEP 453: Emergent Literacy
CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
Summer 2020 CIEP 454: Writing as Literacy
CIEP 503: Culturally Relavant Literature for Children and Adolescents
Year Two
Fall 2020 CIEP 424: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation in Reading
CIEP 476: Research in the Teaching of Literacy
Spring 2021 CIEP 428: Seminar: Development and Administration of Reading Programs
CIEP 430: Practicum I
Summer 2021 CIEP 456: Practicum II
Written Portfolio/Presentation of Portfolio

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. 


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.


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. 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.


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.

Application Deadline: 
Fall: June 1
Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by March 1st.


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 letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders 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.



For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and  through the School of Education.

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and Financial Assistance through the School of Education.

  • Program Director: Hank Bohanon
    Phone: 312.915.7099
    E-mail: hbohano@luc.edu

Faculty Expertise

  • Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
  • Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
  • Collaborative school-community partnerships
  • Language, literacy, and culture
  • Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
  • Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
  • Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhood