Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Overview

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 National Moser Center for Adult Learning, 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.

On-campus program option offered through the College of Education and Health Services’ School of Education
Special Education
  • 14 semester credit-hours of professional core courses
  • 19 semester credit-hours of specialized courses
  • Seminar/master’s thesis project
Reading/Literacy: Reading Specialist Certification
  • 33 semester credit-hours of courses
  • 85 hours of practicum and a portfolio


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.

Meet our Faculty
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Ethel C. Ragland, Ed.D., MN, RN
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281