Empower students with the skills that will support them in all of their future educational opportunities.

A bachelor’s degree in Reading with elementary teacher certification will prepare you to become a classroom teacher for all subjects in grades K-5; or, become certified to teach developmental/remedial reading classes upon meeting the endorsement requirements. Either way, you’ll be ready to work with diverse learners with a program that combines academic studies, professional training and multiple field experiences in local schools.

With successful completion of the program, you will earn both a bachelor’s degree and faculty recommendation for the Michigan Elementary Standard Certificate.

What will I Learn?

  • Candidates for certification will be capable in their content specialty areas.
  • Candidates for certification will be capable users of pedagogical knowledge.
  • Candidates for certification will be reflective about their practice.

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Elementary Education - Reading major and the requirements for the Michigan Elementary Standard Teaching Certificate.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Reading beyond the classroom. Check out the Elementary Education - Reading Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year plan of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Join the Michigan Reading Association as a student member; attend the annual conference in March.

Form a study group for your certification exams.

Get Real World Experience

Request a practicum experience in a high-needs school outside of your own community.

Substitute teach in different districts to learn more about diverse learners.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Consider adding a minor to your teaching certificate.

Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)


By taking at least 15 credit hours a semester you can save thousands of dollars in tuition by completing your degree in four years. The sample academic plan of study for Reading Major show how graduation within four years can be completed. Visit your academic advisor to FastFOURward your academic pursuits. More information can be found at the #FastFOURward website.

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