The M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy is a 33 semester hour program that leads to entitlement/endorsement as a Reading Specialist. Supported by the School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education, this program is offered in a blended format which is typically completed in 15-17 months. Each course has field-based assignments that link theory and practice. All courses and experiences are designed to meet the International Reading Association (IRA) standards. The program concludes with a semester-long practicum where students demonstrate that they have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective Reading Specialists.Benedictine University is dedicated to creating effective practitioners who are committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership and social responsibility.
These enduring outcomes are developed and nurtured through the curriculum. Educators develop scholarship by acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. As scholars, they develop lifelong inquiry by immersing themselves in a process of ongoing questioning and reflection that results in informed thinking and decision-making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can effect change and improve practice. Their leadership is guided by a sense of social responsibility to create fair and equitable environments that support and enhance learning in order to maximize each individual’s potential.
The English As A Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education Endorsement Programs focus on meeting the urgent need for Illinois teachers who can address the cultural, linguistic and developmental needs of a diverse group of students. The program prepares licensed teachers in the foundations and methods of teaching ESL and/or bilingual students in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.
These endorsement programs consist of 18 credits of coursework, which includes a core and liberal arts curriculum and 100 practicum hours that enable licensed teachers to obtain the additional state approval needed to receive an English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Bilingual Endorsement.
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Dr. Joyce Jeewek joined the school of education faculty full-time in 2006. Formerly, she worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialists, special education intervention manager, principal, district curriculum director, and an adjunct faculty member for Northern Illinois, Lewis and Benedictine Universities. Dr. Jeewek's passion is education! Dr. Jeewek earned her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Science in Education for Language Arts and Reading, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Mainstreaming from Northern Illinois University. In 2010, Dr. Jeewek added an ESL endorsement from Benedictine University to her resume.
Dr. Jeewek's research interests include qualitative studies where teachers, as practitioners, examine ways to improve student learning. Her areas of interest include: reading and the language arts, assessment driving instruction, differentiated instruction, effective reading comprehension and writing strategies, family literacy, English Language Learners, children's literature and family literacy. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek delivers numerous presentations at local, state, and international conferences. Dr. Jeewek has also had her students present at various conferences. She teaches children's literature, reading and the language arts, and reading assessment courses to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Professional development is important to Dr. Jeewek. She is currently president of the Prairie Area Reading Council and is a voting board member of the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, international education honor society Chapter Services Committee, in charge of developing strategic plans for the organization. She also is a member of both the International Reading Association's Arbothnot and Jerry John's Award Committee and the Illinois Reading Council's Barack Obama Literacy Award Committee. In 2009, Dr. Jeewek was awarded an Honorable Mention Award by the Barack Obama Literacy Fund and received a small library to use in her children's literature courses for future educators. As a Prairie Area Reading Council board member for the past seven years, Dr. Jeewek has been a part of a council that has received both Honor Council and Council of Excellence from both the Illinois Reading Council and the International Reading Association. She has also received numerous membership and speaker grants and membership idea awards from the Illinois Reading Council.