Aurora University

Detailed curriculum

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2018-2019 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

MA in Reading Instruction Program Requirements

Thirty-six semester hours are required for the master's degree. Thirty semester hours involve coursework designated to develop candidates’ content knowledge and skills related to reading instruction and program leadership. The remaining six semester hours are spent in a supervised clinical experience involving assessment and instruction with struggling readers.

The School of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective degree requirements. Transfer credit is completed prior to enrollment in the first course of the program. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of all transfer credit.

All courses must be less than five years old at the time of admission and must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. An official transcript must be provided. University policy states that a maximum of six semester hours taken as a “Student-At- Large” may be applied toward a graduate degree program. 

MA in Reading Instruction Course Requirements 

Professional Research in Literacy Learning (3)
Effective Word Study Instruction (3)
Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
Assessment of Literacy Learning (3)
Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (3)
Texts for Children (3)
Supervision and Administration in Literacy I (3)
Supervision and Administration in Literacy II (3)
Professional Research in Literacy Learning II (3)
Practicum in Reading (6)

Reading Teacher Endorsement Program Requirements

The Education Reading Endorsement program consists of 18 semester hours in content classes related to literacy and six semester hours of a supervised clinical practicum involving assessment and tutoring with struggling readers. The program also involves you in various field experiences in which you apply course content to their classroom instruction, to individual work with a struggling reader, or to developing coaching and collaboration skills. You must pass the Reading Teacher content test (177).

Reading Teacher Endorsement Course Requirements 

Effective Word Study Instruction (3)
Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
Assessment of Literacy Learning (3)
Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (3)
Texts for Children (3)
Practicum in Reading (6)