Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

CIM Coach Candidate Required Coursework

Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) coach candidates participate in 21-credit hours of rigorous post-graduate coursework during their preparation year while working full time in their home districts or Area Education Agencies with students, teachers, and administrators. The preparation program prepares CIM Coaches in four interrelated areas:

  1. literacy theory
  2. effective literacy practices and assessments
  3. coordinating and managing a literacy program
  4. working with adults, including knowledge of coaching and mentoring techniques

During the fall and spring semesters, coaches-in-preparation begin working on implementation of the CIM model in districts. This task is the central focus of the preparation program and is tightly integrated with all coursework. Coaches make monthly visits to the UNI campus for classes that typically lasts three days (usually Monday-Wednesday). Each semester, one of these visits coincides with a Jacobson Center activity that is open to other participants as well.

Full Preparation Program

Coach candidates for the Comprehensive Intervention Model preparation program enroll in the following courses:


  • LITED 7320 Coaching in Comprehensive Intervention Model (3 hrs.).

Students attend a four-day institute at the Jacobson Center in Cedar Falls and complete online coursework following the institute.  

Fall Semester:

  • LITED 7304 Literacy Leadership I (3 hrs.)
  • LITED 7307 Theories of Reading and Writing Processes (3 hrs.)

  • ELEMECML 6201 Issues and Trends in Curriculum (3 hrs.)

Spring Semester:

  • LITED 7397 Practicum in Reading (3 hrs.) 

  • LITED 7305 Literacy Leadership II (3 hrs.) 
  • LITED 7306 Theories of Reading Difficulties (3 hrs.)

An abbreviated CIM Literacy Intervention Coaching Program is available for previously trained Reading Recovery teacher leaders. Reading Recovery Teacher Leader preparation is an 18-hour graduate level program completed at one of 20 Reading Recovery Training Centers approved by the Reading Recovery of North American Trainers Group. A transcript review will be conducted for all Reading Recovery teacher leaders who did not complete their program at UNI.

Abbreviated Preparation Program (for Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders only)

The CIM Literacy Intervention Coaching program for Reading Recovery teacher leaders runs over the course of a full academic year beginning with a summer institute and includes six (6) hours of UNI graduate-credit coursework. Courses include the following:


  • LITED 6259 Coaching in the Comprehensive Intervention Model (3 hrs.) 

Spring Semester:

  • LITED 7397 Practicum in Reading (3 hrs.) 

Coursework generally consists of readings that are directly related to the implementation of the CIM model; small-group discussion of the readings; observation of CIM model schools, classrooms or instruction, and meetings; planning for implementation, and reflection on implementation. These tasks are accomplished not only during the on-campus class meetings but also through online activities that occur outside of on-campus meetings. In their schools during the preparation year, coaches can expect to teach a small group of students, work intensely preparing CIM teachers, and work with their principal to establish intervention meeting routines, in addition to compilation of portfolios documenting students' completion of the tasks.