Reading Teacher Endorsement

These requirements will be applied to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant  academic catalog .

Aurora University offers a lecture for teachers who do not wish to complete a full Master of Arts in Reading Instruction . Coursework leading to the endorsement ent consists of 24 semester hours spread over the course of six terms. Due to the fact that the endorsement of candidates for the six semester hours.

You will complete six semester hours of supervised clinical practice. The program also involves you in various fields in which you will be able to work in your classroom. You must pass the Reading Teacher content test (177).

  • 18 semester hours in content classes related to literacy
  • 6 semester hours of supervised clinical practice

Race Requirements for the Reading Teacher Endorsement

EDU6310 Effective Word Study Instruction (3)
EDU6320 Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
EDU6330 Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
EDU6340 Assessment of Literacy Learning (3)
EDU6350 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners (3)
EDU6370 Texts for Children (3)
EDU6410 Practicum in Reading (6)

Admission Requirements

All candidates seeking admission to the Reading Program must:
  • Have a valid Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special PreK-12, or preschool-age 21).
  • Be in a full-time teaching position, and have one or more years of PreK-12 setting.
  • Pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, or TAP Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT Plus Composite Writing score of 22 or higher.

Admission Process

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission . 
  2. (GPA of 2.75 or higher or a graduate degree indicating GPA of 3.0 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-ETranscripts@aurora.edu . 
  3. A recommendation from your current main building or direct supervisor.

Transfer Credit

The School of Education may accept a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from higher institutions of higher learning for applications towards elective degree requirements. Transfer credit must be accepted prior to enrollment in the first race. Graduate faculty reserves the right to decide on the application of any and all transfer credit.

Candidates requesting transfer credits must submit a "Request for Transfer Credit" form with their admission application. All races must be done with the grade of "B" or better. An official transcript must be provided. It is University policy that no longer than 6 semester hours taken as a "Student-at-Large" may be applied towards a graduate degree program.

Attendance Policy: All Graduate Education Programs

Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions. If a candidate is to be absent for any reason, he / she must discuss the expected absence with the race instructor before it occurs.

Academic Standards and Evaluation in Graduate Education Programs

Upon completion of each course, the candidate is assigned to each candidate. At the graduate level, a "C" grade indicates less than complete mastery of the content and methods of the race. Only two grades of "C" are accepted at the graduate level and they must be balanced by two race grades of "A". If a "C" is received within the first three races, the candidate may be removed from the program by the action of the faculty program.

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