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Are you ready to advance in your career by adding a certification in reading? Our Reading Teacher license gives teachers the specialized skills to expand their expertise and succeed in the classroom or as a reading coach.

License Requirements

The program requires 24 credit hours and may be part of the M.S.Ed. program. The Reading Teacher program can also be a part of the Rank I/+30 requirements. See the "Resources" section to review checksheets for specific course requirements. All applicants must hold a valid elementary, junior high/middle school, or secondary license.

A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, as well as a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.

Required Courses

Credit Hours
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-K 590 Topics in Special Education: RTI 1
EDUC-L 520 Advanced Methods of Second/Foreign Language Teaching (ENL) 3*
EDUC-L 545/E 545 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Elementary School 3*
EDUC-S 514 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Jr. High/Secondary Schools 3
EDUC-S 516 Advanced Study in the Teaching of English Language Arts in the Jr. High and Secondary School 3
EDUC-W 505 Professional Development Workshop: Technology as a Teaching Tool 1
EDUC-X 504 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties* 3
EDUC-X 525 Practicum: Impacting Student Learning 1*
EDUC-X 525 Capstone Practicum in Reading 3

One of the following

  • EDUC-W505 Professional Development Workshop in Literacy (as noted in the course schedule)
  • EDUC-W 553 Gifted and Talented or other approved Gifted and Talented course
  • Approved Graduate level writing course (See coordinator/advisor for approval)
  • EDUC-L559 or L535: Children’s Literature/Adolescent Literature (if neither one has been taken as an undergraduate)
  • Graduate level computer course
  • Approved Graduate level ENL/ESL course (other than L520)
  • Other approved literacy-related course (See coordinator/advisor for approval)
    (Credits from Reading Recovery, Indiana/Kentucky Writing Project, Bellarmine Reading Project, etc. fit this category. You must have a transcript showing graduate credit hours from an accredited institution. If you have these specific credits showing on your graduate transcript, there is no need to file a petition. If asking for approval for other classes, file a petition form with documentation of course description, course curricula, and transcript. Submit to S. Ridout.)

*Several of the literacy courses have assessment assignments/writing requirements for the program embedded in the course syllabi. Therefore, if petitioning to get credit for a course with an embedded assessment requirement, the student must submit the assessment piece(s) to meet the license program requirements. This holds true for transfer credits, as well. Courses that possess an assessment assignment/writing requirement are noted above with an asterisk*. Contact Dr. Susan Ridout at sridout@ius.edu or (812) 941-2367 for details.

**Some of these courses may require permission to enroll, indicated by "PERM" in the Schedule of Classes. Contact sridout@ius.edu for permission. Always provide your student ID # with any request.
***No more than 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another institution to fulfill the above requirements. The Graduate Advisor or the Reading Coordinator will determine if the course(s) will qualify for this licensure program.

Upgrade to a master's degree

You can choose to add your reading teacher license to your M.S.Ed. degree, and/or you can add/take those courses while you are pursuing your M.S.Ed. degree.

Admission Process

A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, and a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.

The Reading Teacher License Program features a rolling application process.

  1. Download the appropriate check sheet regarding the Reading Program.
  2. Watch the appropriate Screen Cast related to the Reading Program (at bottom of this page).
  3. Complete the online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to the program; if you are currently attending or have attended IU in the past, please indicate so on the application--the fee will be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist at mwild@ius.edu or (812) 941-2388.
  4. On the "Uploads" tab, submit a brief statement that includes teaching experience, why you are interested in the Reading concentration or the Reading License Program, and address the SOE Dispositions.
  5. Submit one letter of reference from a school authority who knows your capabilities regarding literacy. Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to submit electronically. If desired, the letter may be mailed directly to our Records Specialist at the address below.
  6. Also on the "Uploads" tab, submit a copy of your current teaching license or statement of eligibility. (An emergency permit/license is not acceptable.)
  7. Send by mail (or drop off) to our Records Specialist official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than any IU school. A 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework is required; if no graduate work, a 2.5 GPA for undergraduate coursework is required.

Please send all completed materials to:

IU Southeast School of Education
Mary Ann Wild, Records Specialist
Hillside Hall 108A
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session 1: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Summer Session 2: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Fall: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Spring: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.

Advising

For individual advising for the Gifted and Talented license, please contact Dr. Susan Ridout or Nicole Owens Wilson.

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Susan Ridout Ph.D.

Professor

Hillside Hall 12
Phone: (812) 941-2367
sridout@ius.edu

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Nicole Owens Wilson

Undergraduate and Graduate Licensing Advisor
School Placement Advisor

Hillside Hall 108D
Phone: (812) 941-2593
wilsonno@ius.edu

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