Why minor in literacy education?

The Literacy Education minor is designed for aspiring English teachers and those who have a desire to work as a reading specialist. The minor is open to students majoring in a field which leads to teacher certification at the early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary level.

Students who complete the Literacy Education minor are eligible to apply for the North Dakota Reading Credential, which enables teachers to work as reading specialists at one of the following levels in ND:

  • K-6 (Elem or Elem/ECE double majors)
  • 5-8 (Elem & Secondary with MLE minor or MLE major)
  • 7-12 (Generalist Credential for English, Social Studies or Science majors

This minor also meets the Title One Reading Credential requirements for North Dakota and may not meet requirements for other states.

Literacy Education Minor

  • Work directly with children, both in the classroom and in the community.

  • Choose from courses that can be work toward majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level and High School English.

  • Study and understand the development of readers and writers.

  • Gain real-world experience while working with classroom teachers and reading specialists.

  • Gain field experiences by conducting and analyzing reading assessment data, using it to plan and implement lessons to students with feedback from cooperating teachers.

Literacy Education Careers


UND Elementary Education graduates employed or pursuing graduate degrees



Median annual wage for middle school teachers in 2016.*

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduates with a minor in Literacy Education go on to a number of careers including:

  • Reading specialists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Instruction support teachers
  • Intervention specialists

Literacy Education Minor Courses