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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 2.75.
  • 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 Based on Major

An asterisk (*) indicates a course in the major.

25 semester hours (6.25 credits) required

Foundations of reading and developmental and remedial materials and resources; 3 semester hours

  • *ELM 314 Elementary Methods and Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Primary Classrooms (.75 credit/ 3 semester hours)

Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems, and developmental and remedial materials and resources; 4 semester hours

  • *SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support/ reading practicum; 3 semester hours

  • EDU 445 Literacy Practicum

Developmental and remedial materials and resources; 3 semester hours

  • *ELM 372 Methods and Materials for Literacy Learners in Diverse Intermediate & Middle-Level Classrooms (.75 credit/3 semester hours)

Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges; 8 semester hours

  • ENG 314 Children’s Literature (Fall Term)

Plus one course from the following:

  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books and Informational/ Nonfiction Text to Teach Reading Skills and Strategies in K–12 Classrooms (January Term)
  • EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels (Spring Term)
  • Content area reading; 4 semester hours
  • EDU 441 Advanced Content Area Reading in K–8 Classrooms (January Term) 
25 semester hours (6.25 credits) required

Foundations of reading; 4 semester hours

  • SPE 316 Literacy III: K–12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (Fall Term)

Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems and developmental and remedial materials and resources; 4 semester hours

  • SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support/ reading practicum; 4 semester hours

  • EDU 445 Literacy Practicum

Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges; 8.5 semester hours

  • *ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.50 credit/2 semester hours; Spring Term)

Plus two courses from the following:

  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books and Informational/ Nonfiction Text to Teach Reading Skills and Strategies in K–12 Classrooms (January Term)
  • *ENG 372 Multicultural/Post-Colonial Literature
  • EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels (Spring Term)
  • Content area reading; 4 semester hours
  • *SEC 421 Building Academic Literacies for K–12 Classrooms
25 semester hours (6.25 credits) required

Foundations of reading; 4 semester hours 

  • *SPE 316 Literacy III: K–12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (Fall Term)

Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems and developmental and remedial materials and resources; 4 semester hours

  • *SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support and reading practicum; 3 semester hours

  • EDU 445 Literacy Practicum

Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges; 6 semester hours

  • ENG 314 Children’s Literature (Fall Term)
  • Content area reading; 4 semester hours
  • ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (2 semester hours; Spring Term)
  • EDU 441 Advanced Content Area Reading in K–8 Classrooms (January Term)

Plus one course from the following:

  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books and Informational/ Nonfiction Text to Teach Reading Skills and Strategies in K–12 Classrooms (January Term)
  • EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels (Spring Term)

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