Reading Teacher Endorsement

The Reading Teacher endorsement is required for any teacher responsible for teaching reading to students as the primary teaching responsibility. Any teacher who teaches reading other than a self contained classroom must have this endorsement or all the requirements for the endorsement effective 7/1/04. The endorsement can be added to an early childhood, elementary, secondary or special (K-12) license either at time of entitlement with an initial endorsement in another teaching field, or as an added endorsement. The requirements include submission of a passing score on either the reading specialist or reading teacher content area test as required by the State of Illinois and completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in reading including a practicum experience, in the following six areas:

•   Foundations of reading

•   Content area reading

•   Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems

•   Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support

•   Developmental and remedial materials and resources

•   Literature appropriate to students across all grade levels

The Reading Teacher endorsement may be granted only within the grade range of the license held.

The Illinois State Board of Education gives the guidelines for Reading Teacher Endorsement.  To determine which courses are needed for a Reading Teacher Endorsement, please contact your Regional Office of Education (ROE) and request a Reading Teacher Endorsement Evaluation. After you receive your evaluation please contact the McKendree Office of Graduate Admission and they can inform you which courses fulfill the requirements.


McKendree offers the following Reading Teacher Endorsement courses. Completion of these courses plus the Illinois Reading Teacher Content Area test will meet the Illinois State Board of Education requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement.


EDU 329/529

Children’s Literature*


EDU 412/512

Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area*


EDU 430/530

Methods of Teaching Reading (Elementary)*


EDR 601


EDR 635

Emergent Literacy


Survey of Reading Methods and Materials K-12


EDR 610

Adolescent Literature


EDR 621

Classroom Diagnostic Techniques and Testing Procedures for the Teaching of Reading


EDR 622                       

Advanced Diagnostic Techniques and Testing Procedures for the Teaching of Reading


EDR 697

Practicum in Reading


                        Total Credits = 24

* These courses may have been completed as part of your undergraduate degree program.

Reading Course Descriptions



The Reading Teacher Endorsement courses are offered on the Lebanon campus and at off-campus cohorts. Please see term below for the schedule of courses being offered. 

Fall 2015 - August & October start dates

Spring 2016- January & March start dates

Summer 2016 - June start date


Complete the online application and select Reading Teacher Endorsement. All students taking endorsement coursework will be classified as non-degree seeking.


2015/2016 Academic Year (August-July)The educator tuition rate is $375 per credit hour for certified teachers or those who have experience in teaching. Tuition for the Master of Arts in Education is $455 per credit hour. Online courses have an e-learning technology fee of $60 per credit hour.

Financial Aid

Students have the option to get an alternative loan. Federal student loans are not available for non-degree seeking student.

Payment Plan

McKendree partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to offer students an interest-free monthly payment option. For an enrollment fee, the billing cost is spread out over the time period that you are taking the courses. For more information please contact the Business Office at 537-6868 or go online at

Employer Reimbursement

1.   Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred. The entire amount will be subject to interest charges until the student’s portion is paid.

2.   A letter from the employer stating that the employee is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester. Depending upon the employer’s tuition reimbursement requirements, a copy of the policy from the company may be sufficient. This letter should be submitted to the Business Office.

3.   The employer should make McKendree the Payee (or at least the co-payee) on the check.

4.   Deferment period will terminate 30 days after the date grades are issued.

5.   The balance will be subject to interest charges if payment is not received within 30 days from the date grades are issued.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for additional information.

Office of Graduate Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576

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