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Education at Aquinas College

Reading & Mathematics Dual Minor – Elementary

Reading – Elementary

Certification/Endorsement Code: BT

Michigan Subject Area Test Code: 005

Programs: Elementary – Minor

Mathematics - Elementary

Certification/Endorsement Code: EXE

Michigan Subject Area Test Code: 089

Programs: Elementary – Minor

Reading Minor required courses (24 credit hours)

  • EN382 Teaching Children’s Literature
  • EN388 Young Adult Literature
  • EN442 Literacy II
  • EN440 Literacy III
  • EN441 Literacy Assessment & Intervention
  • EN443 Literacy for Diverse Learners
  • EN455 Adolescent Literacy
  • EN463 Reading Practicum

Mathematics Minor required courses (24 credit hours)

  • MS114 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MS121 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
  • MS122 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
  • MS240 Discrete Mathematics
  • MS252 Statistics
  • MS282 Applied Statistics
  • MS351 History of Mathematics


  • EN382/EH382 Teaching Children’s Literature (3)

    <p>Offered spring semester. Required for elementary reading minor. Not an education methods elective. This course presents a variety of literature and correlates texts with thought-provoking strategies to use in any classroom PreK-12. Topics include the principles of text selection to build community, ways to motivate learners, build content knowledge, nurture response, promote inquiry, and spur writing in an effort to promote lifelong literacy. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: one (1) read aloud in a classroom (daytime)</p>

  • EN388/EH388 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

    Offered fall semester. Required for elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective. This course will introduce students to significant young adult authors and their books and will introduce them to strategies for teaching literature to middle and high school students. In addition, techniques and principles in the selection, evaluation, and promotion of young adult literature will be discussed. This is a course that secondary English majors should take, and it would be helpful if students have fulfilled their Literary Studies requirement (either EH221 or EH222) before taking the course. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: eight (8) hours (daytime).

  • EN442/EN541 Literacy II: Assessment (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course presents a comprehensive study of formal and informal literacy assessment measures with an emphasis on assessments used by classroom teachers and school-based literacy specialists. Students will use assessment results to plan for instruction and intervention of reading difficulties. Emphasis will be placed on assessment procedures and analytical techniques, developing literacy goals based on assessment results, and interventions for struggling readers/writers. Students will assess K-12 students and develop appropriate individualized instructional plans based on students' strengths, challenges, and interests. Prerequisites: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate and EN444/520. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN440/EN540 Literacy III: Classroom Practice (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course provides an in-depth exploration of literacy instructional methods and materials across grade levels PK-5. Students will develop a standards-based unit of study in literacy, deepen their understanding of literacy assessment, participate in and analyze classroom literacy instruction, and review and evaluate literacy programs currently used in schools. Prerequisites: EN 444/EN520, EN 442/EN541; Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN443/EN543 Literacy for the Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learner (3)

    Offered fall and summer semesters. Required for language arts, learning disabilities, ESL and reading endorsements. Not an education method elective. This course is designed to present effective literacy instruction for linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse students. Topics explored will include matching students to books, academic vocabulary instruction, classroom management, and classroom learning environment. Students will work in a diverse classroom throughout the semester, observing for literacy practices and assisting students with reading and writing needs. Prerequisite: EN442/541. Field component: thirty (30) hours tutoring in school setting (daytime).

  • EN455 Adolescent Literacy (3)

    Required for learning disability major and elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective. This course focuses on adolescent literacy, specifically the reading, writing, and thinking abilities of students in grades 6–12. Topics will include motivation, out-of-school literacy practices of adolescents, the influence of culture on adolescent learning, and strategies to work with adolescent learners, especially those who struggle with and/or are reluctant about reading and writing. In addition, Common Core State Standards will be incorporated into the study of adolescent literacy. Participants will reflect on their own experiences as adolescents, learn about ideas to motivate adolescents, review current research on adolescent literacy, and directly apply the course information in a tutoring situation with an adolescent. Prerequisite: EN442. Field component: eighteen (18) hours tutoring in Secondary Reading Clinic (during class time).

  • EN463/EN643 Reading Practicum (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This practicum provides supervised on-site experience applying the teaching and learning strategies, assessments and interventions in the area of reading education within a classroom and school. The student will be supervised on-site by a reading teacher, coach or specialist. The practicum may not be done concurrently with the directed student teaching placement. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, all reading requirements and/or instructor approval. Field component: 120 hours.

  • MS114 Precalculus (4) MS

    Linear and quadratic functions; equations and inequalities; transformations; systems of linear equations and inequalities; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, and graphing; conic sections. Prerequisite: Three (3) years of college-preparatory math or MS111.

  • MS121 Calculus I (4) MS

    Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, solids of revolution. This course has five contact hours per week. Prerequisites: Three and one-half years of college-preparatory math, including trigonometry or MS114.

  • MS122 Calculus II (4) MS

    Inverse functions, integration techniques, integrals with applications, conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences and series. This course has five contact hours per week. Prerequisites: MS121

  • MS240 Discrete Mathematics (3) MS

    Develop basic techniques and modes of reasoning of combinatorial problem solving; describe and analyze the algebraic structures of certain set-relation systems; illustrate and analyze the wide variety of applications of discrete mathematics. The topics to be covered include mathematical induction, set theory, relations and functions, combinatorics, probability, graph theory, and mathematical logic. Prerequisite: MS121 or department approval.

  • MS252 Statistics (3)

    Designed for students who have had at least three (3) years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Topics to be covered include frequency distributions, variability, probability, sampling, estimation, testing, hypotheses, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis, and nonparametric tests. (Course counts as three (3) semester hours toward a minor, but only one (1) semester hour toward a major.) Prerequisite: MS114.This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS282 Applied Statistics with R (3) MS

    The course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of common statistical computing approaches and how to apply those approaches to common industry and research scenarios. Following completion of the course, students will possess the requisite programming skills to function as a programmer analyst in an analytical work environment. Topics include: importing/exporting data in various formats; character and numeric manipulation; merging; subsetting, and combining data sets; effective programing with common data structures; and producing high quality graphics and reports for end users. The free and open source R programming language will be used extensively throughout the course to teach fundamental programming concepts and applied statistical approaches. Introductory Statistics with R {Daalgard 2008} will serve as a supplemental text to aid in retention and understanding of the topics covered.

  • MS351 History of Mathematics (3) MS

    Survey of the development of mathematics from ancient to modern times. Prerequisite: MS122.