Reading specialists are in high demand as literacy expectations continue to rise. To participate well in society, people will need powerful literacy abilities that include a wide range of technological competencies. In response to this era of high-stakes literacy, Benedictine University designed the Master of Education (M.Ed.): Reading/Literacy.
Based on the Illinois Content Standards for a Reading Specialist, the degree may lead to a Type 10, K-12 certificate. The reading specialist endorsement is valid not only for teaching reading to students but also for providing technical assistance and/or professional development to other teachers.
Benedictine University on the Springfield College in Illinois campus is trying to make earning a master’s degree more affordable by offering teachers the “Educator’s Scholarship.”
- Prepares experienced teachers for effective performance.
- Provides experienced teachers with new tools, new skills and new perspectives to reach more students.
- Designed for current teachers seeking to enhance their leadership potential and their ability to meet individual needs.
- Students develop a portfolio which allows them to inquire into
and track their professional growth and development in
relation to the Illinois State Standards for the Reading
- The M.Ed. degree in Reading and Literacy leads to a Type 10 Reading Specialist certificate.
- A completed application form and fee.
- An official transcript demonstrating successful completion of the bachelor’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education and official transcripts from all schools previously attended.
- A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work.
- A statement in essay format indicating both personal and professional goals.
Hours Needed for Completion
- M.Ed. program requires 33-semester hours of graduate coursework.
Student Teaching Requirement
- Successful completion of 33 semester credit hours specified by the M.Ed. curriculum.
- A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Completion of all coursework within six years of the date of initial enrollment.
- Payment of all tuition and fees.
- Courses meet four hours per night, one night per week, for five weeks.
- Program can be completed in approximately 15 months.