Graduate Course Catalog 2011-2013

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Total Credit Hours: 33

The Master of Education degree, Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy and English Language Learning is designed for those individuals who wish to obtain dual endorsements as a Reading Teacher and as a teacher for English Language Learners. This program will provide the candidate with both endorsements and a Master of Education degree. 

Candidates seeking to obtain a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy and English Language Learning must meet certain criteria. These 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:

51-510 Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)
51-512 Linguistics for the Teachers of English Language Learners (3)
51-526 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language (3)
51-557 Curriculum and Instruction (3)
52-539 Assessment of Literacy and English Language Learning (3)
52-542 Cross-Cultural Studies in Literacy and English Language Learning (3)
52-509 Child and Adolescent Literature (3)
52-533 Methods and Strategies for Reading Comprehension Instruction, Including Instructional Practicum for the Reading Teacher (3)
52-536 Remediation of Reading Difficulties (3)
52-575 Practical Research for Learning Communities (3)
One of the following:
52-523 Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades 4-12, Including the Content Areas (3)
OR (dependent on previous coursework)
52-524 Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading Grades P-3 (3)

Comprehensive Exam

65 Clinical Hours in Reading; Clinical Requirement in ESL

Total degree hours for Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy and English Language Learning are 33 semester hours with requisite clinical hours in Reading and ESL.

In order to meet the ISBE reading teacher endorsement requirements, the design of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy and Second Language Learning requires that a candidate have at least three hours of previous graduate or undergraduate coursework in reading. Any additional requests for course transfer will be considered individually and will not exceed six hours. Certain core courses may not be transferred. Anyone who does not have three hours of previous reading coursework can fulfill that deficiency through Lewis University.


At the conclusion of the program, candidates seeking Reading Teacher Endorsement must pass the Illinois Certification Test for the Reading Teacher.  ESL Endorsement requires 100 clinical/field hours or three months teaching with ESL/ELL students.