Literacy Education to launch Naperville cohort

Informational session planned Nov. 6 at NIU-Naperville

NIU-Naperville signIn the spring of 2014, Northern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy Education will offer a new cohort leading to an M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with a focus on reading at the NIU-Naperville campus.

This degree leads to reading specialist licensure (K-12).

This program includes one or two evening classes per semester and is ideal for classroom teachers who are interested in earning either the Reading Teacher Endorsement (24 credits) or Reading Specialist License (33 credits).

Interested individuals can learn more about this program by attending an information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the NIU-Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Road.

This event provides the opportunity for prospective students to learn program details including course outlines, degree requirements, application process, ISBE requirements and registration information.

For information and reservations, contact academic adviser Gail Schumacher at (815) 753-7948 or gschumacher@niu.edu.

As a competency-based program, this M.S.Ed. degree features a course sequence in which each course builds on the previous one, and all courses are aligned with the standards for reading professionals developed by the International Reading Association and approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

All courses are taught by skilled and knowledgeable faculty members, some with international recognition for their teaching, research and service to the field of reading.

Photo of a teacher helping a child to readFull-time faculty members include:

Northern Illinois University also plans to offers the M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with a focus on reading in DeKalb beginning summer 2014 and at the NIU-Hoffman Estates campus beginning fall 2014 semester.

Other programs offered by the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University include B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with a focus on ESL/Bilingual Education, M.A. in Teaching (initial elementary education license), and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Literacy Education.

Classes are available for those interested in coursework toward ESL and Bilingual Endorsements, Reading Teacher Endorsement and Certificate of Graduate Studies in Postsecondary Developmental Literacy and Language Instruction.

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