Reading Endorsement

Requirements for elementary certification for teaching Title I reading or reading/language arts for over half the school day. (Also requires the completion of the elementary education major.)


EDU 228 - Children's Literature
This course focuses on the history of children's literature and its uses in the classroom. This course provides an introduction to the criteria and selection of Children's literature for elementary school students. Various genres are detailed, and ideas for curriculum integration are discussed. A study of illustrations and authors is included. (2 credits)
EDU 326 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts *
A foundational course for the teaching of language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. Candidates will understand and utilize materials, lesson design, methods and procedures to teach reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and grammar. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (3 credits) Note: This course includes a field experience. Candidates must earn a "C" or better to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems *
(3 credits) (Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems focuses both on the role of formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading. In addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of students. Students will be required to write and revise their work for professional audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be examined. Writing is a significant part of each exam. Note: A practicum experience is a key component of this course. This course includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328.
EDU 345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
This course focuses on learning oral language and the implications that has for learning written language. A major part of the course is devoted to designing effective remedial education programs for Title I and special education. Special attention is paid to early intervention programs. This is an upper level course, designed for students completing reading and special education endorsements.Prerequisites: EDU326 and 343.(3 credits)
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
This course addresses skills necessary in teaching students to read in social studies, math, science, and other content areas. This course offers strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, writing, assessment, and more. (2 credits)
EDU 406 - Student Teaching in Reading
This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of an elementary or secondary classroom for 4-6 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, certified reading teacher. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. Prerequisites: EDU343WI and 347. (1-6 credits) Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.
NWC 101 - First-Year Seminar: Speaking and Writing in Community
(4 credits) This course introduces students to the character and abilities considered essential to becoming a member of a Christian liberal arts community. Students develop their reading, writing and speaking skills by exploring difficult questions, learning to understand academic inquiry, forming learning communities, and integrating faith with learning and living.
TSL 225 - Language Development and Acquisition
This course will examine the similarities and differences between the acquisition of first and second languages. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Total credits required: 24


* Part of the elementary education major