The Literacy Clinic provides reading and writing assessment and instruction to children, adolescents and adults in the community. This is a nominally priced service carried out by graduate students (usually classroom teachers) enrolled in the Master’s level reading courses and working towards a Missouri Special Reading Certificate. Most students who enter the clinic are reading and writing at least year below grade level.

Applying to the Literacy Clinic is simple. Download the "application for parents" form, also found on this website. Fill out the application form and send it in to the address listed on the bottom of the form. When we receive your application, we will enter your information into our database. Students and families are called for the Clinic on a first come, first serve basis. The approximate waiting time can be anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the time of the year and the number of students waiting for a space in the clinic.

When a space becomes open, someone from the Literacy Clinic will call the parents to let them know about the schedule of tutoring services. The times and days vary according to the time of the year. During the school year, for example, tutoring sessions are generally from 5-6 pm. During the summer, tutoring sessions may be held during the day or in the evening. The tutoring sessions are 1 hour long and include targeted instruction in reading, writing and word study.

When the parents agree to the time and dates of the tutoring sessions, the student is formally admitted into the clinic. Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss more than one session will be discontinued from the clinic. Parents will be given directions to the clinic and a parking pass for parking on campus.

The Literacy Clinic does not provide diagnostic testing only. Teachers in the clinic will use a variety of assessments to determine the reading, writing and spelling levels of the students. They will develop an instructional program designed to accelerate the student's literacy development. Parents and teachers are provided with a case study of the student's literacy strengths and growth at the end of the session. Students may reapply for the Literacy Clinic but are discontinued once they have reached grade level.

The Literacy Clinic is located in the basement of Marillac Hall, under the Barnes Library in B-15.