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 (6.5 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 (.75 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)

Plus one course from below (1.0 credit):

  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K–12 Classrooms (1.0 credit) (J-Term) 
  • EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) (Spring Term)
  • Content area reading (4 semester hours)
  • EDU 441 Advanced Content Area Reading in K-8 Classrooms (January Term)
25 semester hours (6.5 credits) required
  • SPE 316 Literacy III: K-12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (1.0 credit) (Fall Term)
  • 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)
  • *SEC 421 Building Academic Literacies for K-12 Classrooms

Plus two courses from below:

  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-Fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills & Strategies in K-12 Classrooms (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)
25 semester hours (6 credits) required
  • *SPE 316 Literacy III: K-12 Instructional Strategies and Interventions (1.0 credit) (Fall Term)
  • *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)
  • ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (Spring Term)
  • 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-12 Classrooms (1.0 credit) (J-Term)
  • EDU/SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature Across All Grade Levels (1.0 credit) (Spring Term)

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