Western Illinois University

Master On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Western Illinois University offers coursework leading to a Master of Science in Education with a major in Reading. 


Candidates may complete an emphasis that leads to the Reading Specialist endorsement or an emphasis that leads to the Reading Teacher endorsement. Either emphasis can be completed by teachers who are only interested in earning a master’s degree in reading and do not plan to seek an endorsement. 

Reading candidates complete one or more supervised practicum experiences arranged by university faculty. The practicum experience takes place in an after school program, enabling candidates to continue their employment with their school district. In addition to one or more practicum courses, candidates complete projects with students in many of the courses in the program. Opportunities for providing leadership to improve reading instruction are included in each emphasis of the program.

Possible Careers

Candidates earning the degree are eligible to apply for the reading specialist endorsement in Iowa or Illinois or the reading teacher endorsement in Illinois. Teachers with a master’s degree in reading are also hired as literacy coaches.

Why Choose Reading at Western Illinois University?

Teachers can complete coursework leading to the Reading Specialist endorsement in Illinois or Iowa or the Reading Teacher endorsement in Illinois. The program prepares candidates to work with struggling readers in individual, small group, or whole class settings. Candidates seeking the reading specialist endorsement complete coursework and practica focusing on K-12 learners. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Research
  • Literature and the Reader
  • Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum 
  • Psychology of Reading 
  • Leadership in Reading 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • National students - rolling admission




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).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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