Reading Minor

Why Study Reading

The ability to read connects people and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible. It truly is the basis of who we are and how we interact with the world. Reading is especially important for young children, because it:

  • Exercises their brains and strengthens their ability to learn
  • Improves concentration
  • Teaches them about the world around them
  • Improves vocabulary
  • Develops imagination

Learning how to read is important for these reasons and so many more. The long-term benefits of teaching reading, as part of early education curricula, are invaluable to children.

Why Study Reading at Ship

The Department of Teacher Education offers an undergraduate PreK-4 Reading Minor designed to prepare future teachers in scientifically-based research, reading disorders, and literacy issues for PreK-4 grades. In addition, the minor strives to provide skills for developing curriculum and assessing, evaluating, and instructing students in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The reading minor will require you to complete 5 additional courses that will be offered in a block. The block of 5 courses is offered each summer (term 3 and part of term 4), fall and spring semesters. The courses must be taken together in order to earn the minor before graduating with your Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education (PreK-4).

Career Opportunities

A minor in reading can prepare you for graduate study and make you more marketable in the job market for teaching jobs. K-12 Reading Specialist jobs give you more options when planning your career in education, including:

  • Elementary reading coach
  • English literacy development teacher
  • Reading Recovery Trainer
  • Reading center positions
  • Reading interventionist
  • Reading tutor 

Minor Requirements

  • RDG330 Content Area Reading in the Primary Classroom
  • RDG334 Classroom Based Literacy Assessment
  • RDG340 Seminar in Literacy Tutoring
  • RDG345 Teaching Language Arts in the PreK-4 Classroom
  • RDG350 Text Accessibility and Comprehension the PreK-4 Classroom 

Student Groups

The Shippensburg Education Association helps future educators develop an understanding and appreciation for the education profession. Students can join the Keystone State Reading Association to help promote literacy in local schools. Another great opportunity for education majors is the non-profit organization, Bridge for Kids, that participates in tutoring local children, working with the parent and teacher organization (PTO) at Luhrs Elementary, and providing book fairs to underprivileged school in the community and many more.

Contact Information

Teacher Education
214 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1688
Department Website