Program Overview

After learning to read, you read to learn for the rest of your life. Strong literacy skills--including reading, writing, and listening skills--are critical to success in all grades, education institutions, and careers. The 18-credit Literacy minor is available to all university students regardless of major, and includes core courses followed by a choice of focus: Early & Middle Grades Education; Secondary Education; or Family & Community Literacy. A minor in Literacy will enhance your transcript, round out your academic experience, and provide you with highly sought-after skills. Participating in the minor program also makes students eligible to join WCU's local chapter of the ILA's honor society, Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA). Pursue your passion for reading and highlight your hard work for prospective employers with a minor in Literacy.



Early & Middle Grades

This focus area is for Early and Middle Grade students who plan to teach in schools and want to delve deeper into literacy development and instruction.

Secondary Education

This focus area is for Secondary Education majors who would like to learn more about supporting students reading across content areas.

Family & Community Literacy

This focus area is for those who would like to understand how to support students? literacy development in family and community settings.


Program Highlights

Our students learn to construct and convey understandings about:

  • language and literacy development
  • literacy instruction
  • assessment

Literacy courses also teach students to recognize the positive contributions of cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity.


What can I do with this degree?

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Reading Tutor
  • Literacy Interventionist



The Literacy Department is recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly known as the International Reading Association (IRA), and has been awarded a ?Certificate of Distinction.? ILA is our Specialized Professional Association that publishes standards for Literacy professionals.

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