To obtain a Reading Teacher Endorsement, the State requires 24 hours of coursework in targeted reading areas. This program leads to a Reading Teacher Endorsement, but not an additional degree.
See pages 87-88 for complete admission requirements. Criteria to enter this program include the following:
1. A valid initial or standard Illinois Teaching Certificate (Type 03, 04, 09, 10).
2. Submit evidence of passing grade on Illinois Certification Basic Skills Test.
3. Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).
4. Successful completion of the following program requirements.
Prerequisite: one 3 credit hour course in Reading (3)
24 credit hours total are required for Reading Teacher Endorsement.
The design of the above program requires that an individual have at least three hours of previous coursework in reading. Any additional request for course transfer will have to be considered individually. Anyone who does not have three hours of previous coursework can fulfill that deficiency through Lewis University.
STATE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
At the conclusion of the program, candidates seeking a Reading Teacher Endorsement must pass the Illinois Certification Test for the Reading Teacher.