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Reading Minor

The reading minor is for education majors who want proficiency in teaching reading and the language arts.

What Will I Learn?

The minor provides teacher candidates with the necessary skills to teach reading and language arts to all learners within an early childhood classroom (PreK-4). The minor also provide skills for developing curriculum and assessing, evaluating and instructing students in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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Meet Abigail Jones '20

“Trends in education are always shifting and right now literacy is a valuable content area to have some extra support. The Reading Minor is a great choice to add on for education majors.”

How Abigail Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

This minor requires 18 credits.

The program will require you to complete five additional courses that will be offered in a block. The block of five 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).


What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Among the many premises of the International Literacy Association Standards for classroom teachers and Common Core State Standards is the inclusion of reading and language arts in all content subjects.

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

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

To further enhance your skills and network, you may choose to get involved with professional organizations related to reading and language arts.

Contact the Teacher Education Department Shippen Hall 214 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1688 Fax: (717) 477-4046