The M.A. in Reading program is offered in a cohort format. Admission to the M.A. in Reading program is available at two points each year, Summer term and Fall semester. Applications for Summer term admission are due by February 15. Applications for Fall semester admission are due by May 15.
After meeting the university admission criteria, in order to continue in the program, students must, before completing six hours of coursework (which must include at least one of the following courses: READ6200 or READ6210) submit to the College of Education in the supplemental application packet:
- Transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted and all grades in graduate course work at a “B” or better.
- Syllabi and/or detailed narrative descriptions ofprevious graduate reading coursework to be evaluated for transfer credit (see below for restrictions).
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test), including a score of 4 or higher on the Writing Subtest.
- A valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state Professional Educator License.
- Evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Certification Testing System or evidence of possessing an Illinois teaching certificate that required passing this test
- Evidence of two years teaching experience in a recognized public or private school as directed in the application materials prior to candidacy.
This evidence must be submitted before taking READ7240. After the student has completed six semester hours in READ coursework, including READ6200 and/or READ6210, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the student be permitted to continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or recommend to the division chair that the student be dismissed from the program. To receive a recommendation to continue, the student must meet the knowledge, skills, and dispositions standards outlined in the "Teacher Education and Licensure" Section of the GSU catalog, as well as earn a
grade of “B” or better in each READ class.
To continue in the program, the student must apply for and be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Reading after completing 12 semester hours of graduate course work that must include the following four courses: READ6200, READ6210, READ6220 and one additional READ course listed on the student study plan. Candidacy must be attained prior to enrollment in READ7240. Students must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advising Office an application for candidacy in the semester they expect to have completed the courses required for candidacy: September 30 for Fall semester, January 31 for Spring semester, or May 31 for Summer term. Application forms are available in the student portal.
To qualify for candidacy, a student must:
- Have an approved degree study plan and have completed any undergraduate prerequisites for courses on the student study plan.
- Have completed the courses listed above with a grade of “B” or higher.
- Receive a positive recommendation from the Reading faculty.
Note: Those applicants who have acquired the ISBE 24 hour Reading Teacher Endorsement through GSU course work (taken no more than six years prior to application for admission to the M.A. in Reading program) must apply for candidacy before the end of the first semester during which they take additional, required courses for ISBE Reading Specialist endorsement/certification and the M.A. in Reading degree.
The faculty continually monitor and evaluate student progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the reading faculty is available in the Graduate Reading Student Handbook located in the student portal.