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Minor in Reading Education

For students admitted to a teacher education program

To complete a minor in reading education, you’ll need to take at least 24 semester hours of coursework in reading education. The exact number of credits required depends on your major.

No more than two courses will be accepted in transfer. Only students who are formally admitted to a teacher education program may earn this minor. Students are required to maintain a combined GPA of 2.750. The courses required for the minor in reading education must satisfy the requirements for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Reading Teacher Endorsement on early childhood, elementary, special K-12 education, or secondary teaching license. In addition, teacher candidates will need to pass the ISBE Teacher Content Test in Reading (#177). 

Requirements for Elementary Teacher Education Majors
26 semester hours (6.5 credits) required

*ELM 314 Elementary Methods and Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Primary Classrooms (.75 credit)
*SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (1.0 credit)
EDU 445 Literacy Practicum (1.0 credit)
*ELM 372 Methods & Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Intermediate & Middle-Level Classrooms (.75 credit)
ENG 314 Children’s Literature (1.0 credit) Fall Term only
EDU 441 Advanced Content Area Reading in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit) J-Term

Plus one course from below (1.0 credit):
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit) J-Term
EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children's Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) Spring Term only

Requirements for Early Childhood Education Majors
27 semester hours (6.75 credits) required

*ECE 318 Reading and the Language Arts for the Young Child (1.0 credit)
ELM 372 Methods & Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Intermediate & Middle-Level Classrooms (.75 credit)
SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (1.0 credit)
EDU 445 Literacy Practicum (1.0 credit)
ENG 314 Children’s Literature (1.0 credit) Fall Term only
EDU 441 Advanced Content Area Reading in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit)

Plus one course from below (1.0 credit):
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit) J-Term
EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children's Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) Spring Term only

Requirements for Secondary Education Majors
26 semester hours (6.5 credits) required

SPE 316 Literacy III: K-12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (1.0 credit) Fall only
SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (1.0 credit)
EDU 445 Literacy Practicum (1.0 credit)
*ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.5 credit) Spring Term only
*SEC 421 Building Academic Literacies for K – 12 Classrooms (1.0 credit)

Plus two courses from below:
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K – 8 Classroom (1.0 credit) J-Term
*ENG 372 Multicultural/ Post Colonial Literature (1.0 credit)
EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children's Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) Spring Term only

Requirements for Special Education Majors
24 semester hours (6 credits) required

*SPE 316: Literacy III: K-12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (1.0 credit) Fall only
*SPE 440: Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (1.0 credit)
EDU 445: Literacy Practicum (1.0 credit)
ENG 314: Children’s Literature (1.0 credit) Fall Term only
EDU 441: Advanced Content Area Reading in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit) J-Term

Plus one course from below (1.0 credit):
EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K – 8 Classrooms (1.0 credit) J-Term
EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children's Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) Spring Term only

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