College of Education - Graduate

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. 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 master’s 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.

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