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About the Reading Minor for Elementary Education

The Reading minor, offered through the School of Education, provides students an in-depth understanding of teaching reading methods. The minor prepares students on the use of formative assessments, diagnosis, and interventions to support instruction. The Reading minor is based upon research-based practices in the field. Instruction is presented from a Christian liberal arts perspective with an emphasis on integrating Christian faith into teaching practice. Required courses will address all components of the “Model for Teacher Education,” designed to develop teachers who possess a broad understanding of the field of reading and in-depth skills geared toward practical application for teaching practice.

This minor pairs well with our Elementary Education programs, however, it does not provide the opportunity for an additional endorsement on a teaching certificate.

Students will attain a high-level understanding of research and evidence-based practices in instructing, assessing, diagnosing, and the remediation of reading skills in elementary-age students. The Reading program offers early, continuous and varied field-based experiences in the teaching of reading that ensures students are well-prepared for classroom literacy needs. This minor prepares the graduate to function day-to-day in a regular education setting, providing many opportunities to practice and demonstrate the skills they are acquiring.

Courses and Program Descriptions

The courses for the 33-hour Reading minor includes such subject areas as teaching reading and language arts, information literacy, emergent and beginning literacy, elementary and middle school reading problems, reading interventions and remediation, and issues and trends in literacy education.

To view the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, as well as learn more about the elementary education reading minor at Spring Arbor University, download the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.