NCTQ Standard 2 - Early Reading

The Program trains teacher candidates to teach reading as prescribed by the Common Core State Standards.

Standard applies to: Elementary and Special Education programs.

2.1 Coursework lectures and practice adequately cover the five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension strategies.

2.2 Textbooks used in reading courses support effective reading instruction.

2.3 All relevant required courses address at least one of the five essential components.


A program that satisfies indicators 2.1-2.3 will receive a designation of "strong design" if every relevant required course:

  • achieves the highest or second highest score on each of the five essential components of effective reading instruction, and
  • without exception, supports effective reading instruction with required textbooks that are rated "acceptable" in the textbook evaluation process.