Education at Aquinas College

Reading - Secondary Endorsement

Reading - Secondary
Certification/Endorsement Code: BT
Michigan Subject Areas Test Code: 005
Programs: Secondary – Minor

A grade C or higher is required for all courses for Teacher Certification.

Reading Minor required courses (24 credit hours)

  • EN 444/520 Literacy I: Foundations 
  • EN 442/541 Literacy II: Assessment
  • EH/EN 388/588 Teaching Young Adult Literature 
  • EN 465/665 Co-Teaching & Collaboration(Incl II) 
  • EN 454/554 Content Area Literacy
  • EN 443/544 Literacy for Diverse Learners 
  • EN 463/643 Reading Internship 


  • EN444/EN520 Literacy I: Foundations (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This course provides a foundation in the key concepts and principles related to the development of literacy broadly understood as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will read extensively across theories and practices associated with the teaching and learning of literacy, become familiar with the tools used in the field, and observe literacy instruction in practice. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, may take concurrently with EN201/501. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • 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.

  • EH388/EN388 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

    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. Field component: none. Prerequisite: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5 This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EN465/EN665 Co-Teaching and Collaboration (3)

    Offered fall semesters. This course examines the various models of co- teaching and collaboration used by special and general educators in the K-12 general education environment. It also provides instruction and experience in creating and differentiating curriculum utilizing a backwards-design model, and providing access to the general education curriculum. Finally the course examines multiple aspects of collaboration within special education including parents, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel.

  • EN454/EN554 Content Area Literacy (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Required for secondary certification. Education method elective for elementary certification, particularly candidates interested in teaching middle school. This course is the study of literacy in content material across the curriculum for students in grades 6–12. Strategies are presented that enhance student comprehension while reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and doing an activity within a discipline. There is a fieldwork component, working with secondary students who need assistance in literacy strategies. In addition, Common Core State Standards will be incorporated into the study of content area literacy. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. 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).

  • EN463/EN643 Reading Practicum (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This practicum provides supervised onsite experience applying the teaching and learning strategies, assessments and interventions in the area of reading education within a classroom and school. The practicum may not be done concurrently with the directed student teaching placement. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, all reading requirements and School of Education approval. Field component: 80 hours