Reading Requirement for Professional Certification

Effective July 1, 2009, Michigan Public Act 118 of 2006 requires candidates for the Michigan Professional Certificate to complete a course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction appropriate to your certificate level and endorsement. At Grand Valley State University, the following courses meet this requirement:

  • EDR 612 Reading Assessments: Elementary Teachers - 3 Credits (for elementary certified teachers)
    This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of a diverse classroom student population grades K-8. The course content meets the State school code PA 118. A K-8 teaching certificate is required to take this course.
  • EDR 613 Reading Assessments: Secondary Teachers  3 Credits (for secondary certified teachers)
    This course examines classroom appropriate literacy assessments and differentiated instruction methods useful for meeting the needs of diverse classroom student population grades 6-12. This course content meets the State school code PA 118. A 6-12 teaching certificate is required to take this course.
  • EDR 626 Literacy Assessment and Instruction  3 Credits (course only for teachers admitted into GVSU masters in reading program)
    Field based literacy course that examines research and theory, differentiated instruction, and assessment practices appropriate for meeting struggling K-12 student literacy needs. 20 hours of tutoring required. The course content meets the State school code PA 118.
  • EDS 636 Diagnostic and Interpretation Procedures AND EDS 638 Instructional Practices - 6 credits (both required for special education teachers) (The combination of both courses content meet the State school code PA 118.)
    • EDS 636 Diagnostic and Interpretative Procedures
      Review of evaluative instruments used for identification and programming for exceptional persons.
    • EDS 638 Instructional Practices: Learning Disabilities 2
      In this course, students will learn instructional practices for teaching reading, writing, mathematics, and social skills to children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities.