Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Literacy

Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy is a 33 semester hour program that leads to entitlement/endorsement as a Reading Specialist.  This program is offered in a blended/off campus format in central Illinois, 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's professional work experience.
  • A one-page statement of educational and career goals.
  • A copy of the applicant's current IL Professional Educator License (PEL).

Students who do not meet the above admissions requirements are encouraged to contact the Adult Accelerated Enrollment office to set up an appointment with one of our adult admission counselors to discuss the Admission Committee review process.

Admission Counselors will assist you throughout the enrollment process, in addition to providing you with a transfer and completion overview of your coursework. You can learn more by visiting our Admissions Process page.

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