Saint Xavier University Education Department

Graduate Programs

Reading Specialist

The graduate reading specialist program at Saint Xavier University provides courses of study that prepare certified teachers to assume responsibilities of leadership and service. Upon completion of the degree, graduates may pursue positions as developmental reading specialists, literacy coaches, reading consultants and instructors in city or community colleges. The master of arts degree program in reading is designed with the full-time teacher in mind. Classes are scheduled in the evening hours throughout the calendar year. Completion of this program, passing state tests and a minimum of two years teaching experience may lead to the State of Illinois Type 10 reading specialist license.

The program is offered in the cohort model at the Chicago campus and off-campus locations.

Please view the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Licensure Testing

Individuals seeking licensure in the State of Illinois must pass at least two state tests: assessment of professional teaching (K-12) and the reading specialist test. Specialists who have not taken the Illinois Test of Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) in the past must take and pass the TAP.

Graduation Requirements

All coursework must be completed within five years of admission. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained; a grade of D is not acceptable toward satisfying degree or certification requirements. Not more than 6 hours of appropriate graduate credit, taken prior to being admitted to Saint Xavier University and taken within the past five years, may be transferred from another institution.

Alpha Upsilon Alpha

Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA) is the honor society of the International Reading Association. The Zeta chapter of AUA is located at Saint Xavier University. Upon completion of 12 credit hours and faculty recommendation, students may be invited to become members of this organization.

Disclaimer: Although it is intended that courses herein will remain the same, sometimes course titles and content may change to respond to the current requirements of the University or ISBE.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at or 773-298-3053.