Study to Become a Reading Specialist
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Reading degree program is designed for students seeking initial teacher licensure and who are preparing for a career as an elementary teacher. This program provides an advantage to elementary education students through additional reading courses to support reading diagnosis, remediation and intervention processes.
The format and courses of this regionally accredited program, approved by the Arizona State Board of Education, include studies and practices in lesson planning and assessments, classroom management and engagement, social justice, family and cultural diversity, English as a Second Language, reading instruction and assessment, and instructional methods and strategies for a variety of content areas crossing the span of kindergarten through grade eight.
Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who lend knowledge and experience in areas of elementary education and educational psychology. All courses are directly aligned with standards from the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
What is a Reading Specialist Elementary Teacher?
A reading specialist is an expert in teaching reading who helps children improve their reading abilities individually or as part of a group. Reading specialists have in-depth knowledge about teaching reading, intervention, skill development strategies, fluency, reading comprehension and the training to work with struggling readers in elementary school. Instructors may follow a specialized curriculum that provides supplemental instruction for students who need additional practice.
However, in this program, graduates will not be ready to become a reading specialist as this program leads to initial licensure in the area of elementary education. Graduates may move on to pursue a Graduate Certificate of Completion in Reading for Elementary Educators and/or Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education, Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education from GCU to enhance their qualifications for specialized teaching opportunities in reading.
Become a Reading Teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree from GCU
This program prepares elementary teachers who have additional credits in the area of reading. At GCU, students also have opportunities to apply concepts, theories and research throughout the program for excellent career readiness. Students focus on supporting reading during elementary education field experiences that guide teacher candidates through 120 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. Teacher candidates will be exposed to elementary learning environment practicums completed in a 15-week student teaching experience. Graduates of this program are eligible for an elementary education teaching credential in the state of Arizona (120 credits).
Learn How to Teach Elementary Reading
Students develop into elementary educators who possess competencies in Development, Learning and Motivation, Curriculum Content Instruction, Assessment and Professionalism.
Reading-centered course areas of study include:
- Foundational literacy skills and phonics
- Methods and strategies for reading instruction
- Assessment and remediation of reading proficiency
- Research-based reading development and interventions
- Diagnosis and remediation of reading proficiencies
What Can You Do with a Reading Teacher (Elementary Ed) BS Degree?
Graduates may pursue positions as an elementary education teacher with a focus on teaching reading in the K–8 classroom environment. With an emphasis in teaching reading, this degree provides the teachers with additional skills and refined knowledge in the reading remediation process.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.