Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy and English Language Learning, M.Ed.

Oftentimes, students’ strengths and needs in literacy and second language learning are intertwined, and teachers are challenged with the task of determining whether the student is struggling with reading or language – or both. Lewis University is the only institution in the Chicagoland area that offers dual endorsements in Reading Teacher and English as a Second Language (ESL) in one graduate program.

During their coursework, candidates will learn how to teach culturally and linguistically diverse populations, strategic comprehension instruction, and methods for teaching English as a new language. Upon graduation, candidates will be able to add these endorsements to their existing teaching license. The Reading Teacher and ESL endorsements are available to Illinois teachers who are licensed to teach as Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education or Secondary Education teachers. The endorsements are valid for grades Pre-K through 12.

Reading Specialist Completion or Bilingual Endorsement Option

Candidates may complete the requirements for Reading Specialist credentials or a Bilingual endorsement in addition to the coursework required for the Master’s degree.

The Literacy and English Language Learning graduate program is recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This graduate program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Dr. Martha H. Rusnak Scholarship for Reading Professionals
  • TEACH Grant
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Linguistics for Teachers of English Language Learners
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement
  • Assessment of Literacy and English Language Learning
  • Child and Adolescent Literature
  • Theory and Practice for Intervention and Remediation of Reading
  • Foundations and Methods of Teaching Developmental Reading and Early Literacy

Career Options:

  • ESL Teacher
  • Reading Teacher

Admission Requirements

  • Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher
  • education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 credit hours of study
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of the Lewis University College of Education and Social Sciences Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


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