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About the Elementary Education Reading Minor

The elementary education reading minor, offered through the School of Education, gives students a solid understanding of teaching reading methods. The minor prepares students on how to use formative assessments, diagnosis and interventions to help during instruction. The reading minor is based upon research-based practices in the field and 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 produce teachers who possess a broad understanding of the field of reading and in-depth skills geared toward practical application for teaching practice.

This minor provides an understanding of research and evidence-based practices in instructing, assessing, diagnosing, and the remediating 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 challenges. 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.

Students seeking to enter a career in education consider this or one of the other majors offered by the School of Education:

Courses and Program Descriptions

The courses for the 32-hour elementary education reading minor includes such subject areas as teaching reading and language arts, emergent and beginning literacy, information literacy, emergent and beginning literacy, elementary and MS 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

Students who complete the reading minor may apply for certification with an endorsement in reading (BT) after passing the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). Individuals with a reading endorsement may teach reading and developmental reading in the regular education classroom, in the grade levels indicated on the teaching certificate; or by meeting the criteria established by the “High Objective Uniform State Standards Evaluation” (HOUSSE).

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