Illinois State University

12 months
17651 USD/year
17651 USD/year
9676 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Education in Reading (M.S. Ed. in Reading) at Illinois State University offers a 36-hour intensive and highly competitive program in literacy instruction for those teachers who wish to focus in reading and writing.


The Reading program at Illinois State University will prepare you to plan reading and writing curriculum, implement language-centered instructional strategies, design effective programs of reading and writing assessment, and design professional development in literacy.

Learning outcomes

The program is intended for educators teaching reading and writing in kindergarten through 12th grade. Candidates entering the program have backgrounds in elementary education, middle school, or secondary English/language arts, special education, or early childhood education.

More Illinois State graduates have earned National Board certification, the gold standard for accomplished teaching, than alumni from any other university in the Midwest, among reporting teachers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing In The K-12 Classroom
  • Connecting Literacy Theory, Research And Practice
  • Classroom Based Assessment And Evaluation For Diagnosis And Instruction
  • Developmentally Appropriate Strategies, Materials And Resources In Literacy
  • Content Area Literacy
  • Evaluation And Leadership In Literacy
  • Reading Process And Instructional Strategies
  • Social And Cultural Contexts For Language And Literacy
  • Reading Literature With Children In The Classroom
  • Professional Research In Literacy Learning I
  • Professional Research In Literacy Learning II

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications may be submitted at any time. 




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program
  • have a current teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience
  • upload a response to the following prompt: in no more than three pages, explain why you would like to pursue a Master's degree in Reading. Within your response, discuss how pursuing graduate work in literacy will contribute to your broader goals as an educator.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9676 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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