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 Literacy Association (ILA) standards. The program concludes with Practicum I - 5 weeks and Practicum II - 10 weeks 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. Sunil Chand is Professor and Director of the Ed.D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. The Ed.D. seeks to prepare mid-career professionals for leadership positions in higher education. He came to Benedictine in 2009 having served as President, College of DuPage, in Illinois, and Executive Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. Prior to that, in the UK he was Vice President, Academic Services, at Richmond, The American University in London, where he went after ten years at Triton College, Illinois, serving in the developmental education program and later as Dean, Arts and Sciences. He came to the US having been a faculty member and Head of the Department of English at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India. Professional contributions include conference presentations, publications, and commission service and leadership development at local, state and national levels. He earned his doctorate in Literature from Kent State University, Ohio, and earlier degrees in English from Delhi University, Delhi, India.