The Reading Program at Eastern Michigan University offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (both programs lead to state endorsements) Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers, Chapter One Reading teachers and reading specialists.

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate reading major/minor along with the liberal arts requirements lead to elementary teacher certification for K-8 grades in a classroom teaching all subjects. The student will also earn the BT endorsement for the elementary classroom-reading teacher upon successful completion of the state endorsement test. The major requires 27-30 credit hours; the minor requires 21 credit hours along with completion of an additional content minor.

Special Resources

The Annabelle Sumera Reading room, located in 212 Porter Building, contains a resource library of current trade books and instructional materials in literacy. These, combined with up-to-date technology, helps prepare future and current literacy teachers to take their place in our schools.

  • Elementary Education Reading Comprehensive [BS]

    By selecting the Elementary Education Reading Comprehensive Major, you'll earn a Bachelor of Science leading to a K-5 elementary education teaching certificate. You'll also be eligible to earn the State of Michigan Elementary Reading (BT) endorsement. This indicates you have specialized expertise in elementary reading and qualifies you to teach reading in grades 6-8.

    What You Will Learn

    In addition to the elementary curriculum, you'll study early literacy, uses of trade books, reading and writing connections, word study, reading as it pertains to the culturally and linguistically diverse learner and reading development along with methods for teaching reading as appropriate for young children.

    Certified teachers with the Reading (BT) endorsement can teach in grades K-5 all subjects as well as grades 6-8 self-contained classrooms and 6-8 Reading. By pursuing this major you'll have the reading knowledge and training to take on a leadership role in reading education at the elementary and middle school grades. Having this expertise in reading makes for a marketable elementary teaching degree. Teaching reading at the middle school level is a rewarding profession. In either case, you have the opportunity to get students excited about reading at an early age.

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  • Elementary Education Reading Minor

    The Elementary Education Reading Minor, along with skills acquired through a major course of study, prepares you to teach reading in grades K-8. Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies you to be recommended for endorsement in Reading (BT) in the state of Michigan. Certified teachers with the Elementary Reading endorsement (BT) are able to teach grades K-5 all subjects as well as grades 6-8 Reading and self-contained classrooms. 

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

Bachelor's Degree

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete: 4.5 years
  • No minor required


  • Average 21 credit hours depending on courses
  • Must be taken with a major course of study


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