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Reading Minor

Language arts and reading comprehension are vital in early education. Rated one of the top in the country, Cornerstone University’s reading program prepares you as a future educator to cultivate the minds of the next generation. Reading minors are looked upon favorably by principals when hiring teachers, and a reading minor from Cornerstone gives you the extra edge.

Degree Type

  • Minor


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids


A reading minor gives you the opportunity not only to student teach through your teacher education major, but also to gain additional experience by tutoring in local schools.


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Graduates from the elementary education program go on to top graduate schools to continue their education and teach at schools across the country. They are respected as some of the best teachers in the state and in the nation.


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Of our 2019 teacher education graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Course List

EDU-321 Children's Literature

An emphasis upon the history of children’s literature, criteria for evaluating children’s books from a library and theological standpoint, and through intensive and wide reading, a knowledge of the best that has been written in the field. The central focus will be to equip teachers, to apply children’s literature in the classroom to develop the valuable themes, to entice children to read and to engage them in understanding and appreciating the literature and the illustrations.

EDU-342 Developmental Reading & Language Arts Methods and Field Experience

Study of literacy methods appropriate for early childhood, elementary, and middle school age children. This course is designed to prepare prospective teachers to teach children to use language effectively by connecting the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and then integrating this instruction with children’s literature and content learning with the application of course content through aiding in a language arts classroom. Students will participate outside of class time in a weekly hour practicum in an elementary classroom.

EDU-346 Reading and Writing in the Content Area

Designed for prospective elementary and middle school teachers, this course focuses on principles and practices of effective integrated literacy instruction in the content areas. The course addresses linking students’ reading and writing proficiencies with subject matter study as reading and writing are tools for learning, literacy requirements continually increase in school and society and content area teachers can teach content area reading and writing best. Students will develop an understanding of integrated literacy instruction, learn how to create a classroom environment that promotes it, methods and strategies for developing it and the role of technology in enhancing it.

EDU-441 Assessing and Teaching Early Literacy

This class will address developmentally appropriate instructional and assessment practices; characteristics of developmental stages of literacy learning; appropriate instructional and assessment strategies for each developmental stage; classroom management and organization; purposes, administration, scoring, and methods of using assessment to inform instruction. Guided tutorial experiences are based on the application of Michigan Literacy Progress Profile and Response to intervention.

EDU-445 Assessing and Correcting Reading Problems

This is a second level course in reading instruction for elementary or secondary teachers. The focus of the course is on instruction and assessment in the regular classroom utilizing a contemporary view of the reading process. The course also includes such topics as reader motivation and attitudes, causes of reading failure, metacognition and reading, and instructional strategies for corrective and remedial instruction. This course includes a practicum involving an intensive tutorial experience applying research-based educational tools.

EDU-443 Severe Reading Problems and Field Experience

This class will address intense reading disabilities that require specific methods of instruction to correct. Students will learn how to identify, assess and diagnose reading problems; determine causes of reading problems, such as, environment, physiological or ineffective instruction; learn to develop organized sequential lesson plans that directly teach each of the following phonetic/language concepts: phonological awareness, basic sound/symbol relationships, six syllable patterns, spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes, non-phonetic words and syllable division rules; implement lesson plans using reading, spelling and concept decks, simultaneous oral spelling, blending and segmenting; and multisensory activities.

LIN-225 Introduction to Linguistics

Provides an understanding of the nature and structure of human language and introduces students to the goals, techniques, and subject matter of modern linguistics. Presents the properties of human language, and the scientific methods for analyzing it. Topics include basic aspects of the structure of language, language change, dialects and language variation, language acquisition, language and the brain. This course will look at the data from English and a variety of languages.

I loved having faculty members who took the time to get to know me, asked for prayer requests and opened class with prayer.

Brenna Threatt (’17)

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