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Reading Teacher Endorsement

The Reading Teacher Endorsement (RTE) requires 24 hours of specified course work and a passing score on the Illinois State Board of Education Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist test. It allows one to teach reading at the level of the license that s/he holds (early childhood, elementary, or secondary). It does not require a master’s degree or two years of prior teaching experience.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers courses for the Reading Teacher Endorsement. If coursework for the RTE is completed by the time an individual is being recommended by the University of Illinois for licensure, the University of Illinois will also recommend that the individual receive the RTE (i.e., someone who is being recommended for an elementary certificate and who has met the requirements for the endorsement as well). Otherwise, individuals who complete the RTE by taking University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign courses must apply to have the RTE added by transcript evaluation through the Regional Office of Education. 

Course Numbers and Titles for Reading Teacher Endorsement:

  • One of:
    • CI 475 Teach Elem Rdg & Lang Arts I (3 credit hours) (or ISBE-approved equivalent)
    • CI 502 Introduction to Reading
    • CI 503 Reading Instruction, K-5
    • CI 504 Reading Instruction, 6-12
  • One of:
    • CI 471 Princ Prac Foster Indep Rdg (4 credit hours)
    • CI 472 Tchg Reading in Grades 4-12 (4 credit hours)
    • CI 473 Literacy in Content Areas (1 credit hours)
    • CI 582 Rdg and Wrtg Across the Curr (4 credit hours, with 2 counting towards endorsement)
  • One of:
    • CI 467 Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth (3 credit hours) (or ISBE-approved equivalent)
    • CI 587 Multicultural Childrens Literature (4 credit hours)
    • CI 567 Child Lit in the School Curr (4 credit hours) 
    • CI 568 Cont Classics in Child Lit (4 credit hours)
    • CI 585 Informational Children’s Lit (4 credit hours)

Required Sequence:

  • CI 575 Assess/Diag Reading Problems (4 credit hours)
  • CI 576 Support Students Reading Prob (4 credit hours)
  • CI 577 Clinical Practicum in Reading (4 credit hours)
  • Additional courses to bring the total hours to 24 may include additional choices from the groups above, where there are options listed.

To obtain a Reading Teacher Endorsement for middle grades 5-8, an individual must also complete the requirements for the Middle Grade Endorsement, which consists of the following courses: 

EPSY 430: Early Adolescent Development (2 hours)
CI 410: Middle School Instruction (2 hours)
EPS 427: Philosophy of Middle School (2 hours)