This master's degree program provides students with numerous experiences linking literacy theory to practice as they engage in activities with their students, colleagues and other school personnel. The practicum courses prepare candidates to assess and tutor struggling readers, and the leadership courses provide them with the knowledge and skills needed by literacy coaches and reading specialists who must assume leadership responsibilities.
Literacy coaches and reading specialists face many challenges as they interact daily with students, parents, teachers and school personnel; however, the chance to see a student break into a smile while reading or hear the words of gratitude from a parent are reasons to consider this highly rewarding work.
Classes are offered on the Aurora University campus, Aurora University Woodstock Center and at off-campus sites throughout the university's operating region in Illinois. They are delivered collaboratively via a partnership between Aurora University and an individual school district or a consortium of small districts. Courses are delivered by School of Education faculty.
The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction program operates a reading lab on the Aurora campus where area school children receive assessment and tutoring. The clinic is available to students in first grade through high school experiencing reading difficulties. For more information on how to enroll a student in the program, please see the Reading Clinic page.