Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement


The MEd in Reading program prepares teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree and a teaching license to become a highly-qualified reading teacher. The program is designed to provide three unique foci in graduate coursework: Teaching as research, writing as literacy, and serving as professionals dedicated to social justice.

Courses integrate these key components and offer students the skills they need to provide leadership, quality instructional literacy strategies, and support services to K-12 schools in the use of reading and related communication systems. The notion of teaching as research connects inquiry as the basic link for helping teachers explore the nature and function of reading in their own schools and in other institutions. The concept of writing as literacy provides an opportunity for teachers to use writing for different purposes and audiences. In addition, the concept of teaching for social justice requires that candidates act in ways that provide equity and access for all learners.

The MEd in Reading program covers the knowledge and skills required by the Illinois State Board of Education Content Standards for the Reading Specialist endorsement.

Program benefits

  • Balance study with full-time work by taking courses in late afternoon and evening course.
  • Earn a K-12 Reading Specialist Endorsement, which is in high-demand in Illinois.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the field of reading/literacy instruction.

Program outcomes

  • Understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. 
  • Understand and use appropriate materials and strategies to support literacy learning. 
  • Utilize range of assessments to plan for instruction and evaluate literacy learning. 
  • Recognize and value diversity as an integral part of literacy instruction 
  • Demonstrate value of leadership in literacy education.  


This program is following a cohort model. A cohort is often a group of ten students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their degree program.

All courses in the program are taught by highly qualified professors. Students enrolled in the program receive the multiple benefits of participating in a cohort program at Loyola, including but not limited to attending classes together, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics through discussions with their unique educational and professional experiences, and developing a trusted network of professionals in the classroom who can serve as resources and support once in the field. It is our hope that these students will form lasting professional bonds that will be utilized throughout their careers.

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