Reading Instruction (MA or Endorsement)

Why study reading instruction at Aurora University?

Are you a current teacher who wants new opportunities in reading and literacy? Build on your expertise in the classroom to become an effective reading teacher with our Master of Arts in Reading Instruction or Reading Teaching Endorsement program. District partners consistently applaud the quality of our graduates.

Master of Arts in Reading Instruction 

Complete coursework focused on developing content knowledge and skills related to reading instruction and program leadership. Once you complete the program you are eligible to take the Reading Specialist Content Area Test for a Reading Specialist Endorsement.

Reading Teacher Endorsement

You have the option to earn a Reading Teacher Endorsement without completing the master’s degree by completing content classes related to literacy as well as a supervised clinical practicum. You will meet requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement by completing the required coursework and passing the Reading Teacher Content Area Test.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: 36 semester hours (master's program) or 24 semester hours (endorsement program)
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Tuition: View current rates
Program structure
  • This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • The curriculum aligns with state and national standards.
  • All courses are taught by experienced educational leaders.
  • Unlike many other programs, master's students can take their supervised clinical hours in the evening, which means they can keep working full time.
Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

The program includes an extensive practicum component. It allows candidates to meet the state and national standards for reading teachers. Students will also be able to pursue field experience activities that are built into each of the nine foundation courses.

Career opportunities

  • Reading teacher
  • Literacy coach
  • Reading interventionist
  • Reading team leader
  • Department chair

Get hired by the best

Our graduates have been hired in a variety of schools across the state of Illinois. These include public, private, parochial, and special education settings.