Master of Arts in Reading Instruction

Cohorts are now forming in Aurora and Woodstock.


The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction and Reading Endorsement programs provide experienced teachers with opportunities to link literacy theory to practice. In the program, you will engage in activities with your colleagues, K-12 classroom students and other school personnel to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess and tutor struggling readers. The ISBE-required practicum, arranged by the university, will provide you with hands-on experiences, while the leadership courses embedded in the program will assist you as in assuming school- and district-wide responsibilities as a literacy coach or reading specialist.


The primary goal of the endorsement and master's program is to prepare you to gain the skills necessary to inspire engaged and successful lifelong readers. The full degree and endorsement programs are offered in a cohort format with district and regional office of education partners, where you will learn alongside peers who face similar challenges and who aspire to take on similar roles. Whether working with K-12 students or in a collaborative role with teachers, reading coaches and specialists can impact the lives of many.

Teaching Excellence

All courses within this program are delivered by credentialed faculty with extensive experience as reading specialists. You will gain knowledge in instruction, assessment and leadership from highly qualified practitioners, principals and district reading specialists.

Reading Clinic

The Master of Arts in Reading Instruction program operates a reading lab on 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 K-12 student in the program, please see the Reading Clinic page.

Find a Cohort Near You

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Additional Program Offerings

Cohorts now forming.
Contact the Center for Graduate Studies at 630-947-8955 or  for more information.  

Woodstock Center
Contact the Aurora University Woodstock Center at 815-337-6051 or for more information.


Open House and Visit Days
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019