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					                     Procedures for Transcript Evaluation for Type 10
                           K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate

If you are:                                 Steps you should follow:

If you are a graduate of the NIU M.S. Ed.   You do not need to have your transcripts evaluated.
program in Literacy Education with an       You can simply follow the instruction on the Type
emphasis in Reading between 2000 and        10 K-12 Reading Specialist Certification
the present:                                Application packet available from the Reading
                                            Clinic Secretary at 815-753-1416 or online at
                                            http://www.cedu.niu.edu/ltcy/TemplateProgram.html
                                            under the heading Certification Information for
                                            Reading Specialist.

If you are a graduate of the NIU M.S. Ed.   You should have your transcripts evaluated. You
program in Reading before 2000:             must submit the following materials for review in a
                                            single packet: Request for Transcript Evaluation for
                                            Type 10 K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate form;
                                            official copies of all transcripts, including those from
                                            NIU; a photocopy of each valid Illinois teaching
                                            certificate; and a check for $10.00 made payable to
                                            Northern Illinois University.

If you are not a graduate of the NIU M.S.   You have two options:
Ed. program in Literacy Education with
an emphasis in Reading:                     First, you may contact your Regional Office of
                                            Education and have your transcripts evaluated for
                                            the Reading Specialist Endorsement.

                                            Or, you may choose to have NIU evaluate your
                                            transcripts. To do so, You must submit for review in
                                            a single packet: Request for Transcript Evaluation
                                            for Type 10 K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate
                                            form; official copies of all transcripts; a photocopy
                                            of each valid Illinois teaching certificate; and a
                                            check for $60.00 made payable to Northern Illinois
                                            University.

If your situation is not addressed above:   Contact the Reading Clinic Secretary at 815-753-
                                            1416 to discuss your situation.


NOTE: Transcript evaluations are generally completed within a six week period.
How are the Reading Specialist Endorsement and Type 10 K-12 Reading Specialist
                             Certificate Different?

Reading Specialist Endorsement                  Type 10 K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate
Limited to the grade levels on the initial      Applies to grades K-12.
teaching certificate.
Must take and pass the ISBE Reading             Must take and pass the ISBE Reading
Specialist Test (176)                           Specialist Test (176). In addition, if the
                                                applicant has not already taken and passed the
                                                Basic Skills Test and the Assessment of
                                                Professional Teaching Test (APT- K-12) he or
                                                she is required to do so.

May be obtained through a Regional Office of    May be obtained only through an approved
Education.                                      program, such as NIU.

Must complete 32 credits in reading including   Must complete the NIU entitlement program
the ISBE minimum course requirements.           which includes the ISBE minimum course
                                                requirements plus additional course work to
                                                meet IRA Standards and NIU program
                                                requirements.
               REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION FOR
              TYPE 1O K-12 READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE
     DEPARTMENT OF LITERACY EDUCATION – NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER _______________________________________________________

NAME ____________________________________________________________________________
           (Last)                                   (First)                            (Middle)

Maiden or Prior Name ________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________________
               (Street)                             (City)                   (State)              (Zip Code)

EMAIL ADDRESS ________________________________ PHONE NUMBER ________________

CURRENT TEACHING LICENSE HELD: Illinois ________________________________________

                                             Other State _____________________________________

TEACHING EXPERIENCE ___________________________________________________________
                                (Grade Levels)                  (Subjects)              (Number of Years)

LIST ALL COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED ____________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

Along with this Request form, you must submit official transcripts from all institutions you have
attended. In addition, you must include a copy of your teaching certificate(s). Materials must be
submitted at the same time in a single packet.

The fee for transcript evaluation is $10.00 for NIU students / alumni who are either enrolled in a
degree program at NIU or have graduated from one. The processing fee is $60.00 for Non-NIU
candidates. Please include a check or money order payable to Northern Illinois University Reading
Clinic. Materials submitted without the requisite fee will not be evaluated.


Return this form with your transcripts, copy of teaching      Northern Illinois University
certificate, and payment to:                                  Department of Literacy Education
                                                              147 Gabel Hall
                                                              Reading Specialist Transcript Evaluation
                                                              DeKalb, IL 60115


NOTE: This is not an application for admission to Northern Illinois University. You must submit a
separate application to be considered for admission. Please see www.niu.edu for admission
requirements and application. A transcript evaluation does not imply that the required courses will be
available from NIU during the semester desired.

				
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