WI Reading Teacher #316

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Course Descriptions

Registration Now Open for Spring 2015

EDUC 681 Emergent Literacy PK-3 (three credits):  The focus of this course is the literacy development of the pre-K-3 child. The course covers the developmental process of literacy acquisition and the use of appropriate methods, models, and strategies for encouraging literacy growth. Early literacy concepts of phonemic awareness, word identification, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension cultural and linguistic diversity, and language differences and delays are examined. The role of parents, community, and assessment tools will be explored.

EDUC 580 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature in the Reading Program (three credits):  The development of lifelong reading habits and an appreciation of literature will be the focus of this course. Students will explore the use of literature across the curriculum and grade levels K-12. The use of literature to enhance reading skills and practice as well as to provide an appreciation for diversity will be examined.

EDUC 640 Balanced Literacy in the Reading Program (three credits):  This course focuses on the theory and techniques for developing and implementing a K-12 balanced literacy program. Research and best practices using constructivism, phonology, and brain function are studied. Design and implementation of reading and writing connections and assessment strategies are explored in detail. Effective instruction in language acquisition, reading and writing skills, and linguistic diversity are studied.

EDUC 650 Content Reading and Study Strategies (three credits):  The course focuses on the development of effective reading strategies and skills in content areas for K12 students. Text structure and the dimensions of content area vocabulary and comprehension, including literal, interpretive, critical, and evaluative are studied. A variety of research-based strategies and practices for effective instruction in reading and writing are reviewed and studied. Specific focus will be designing and delivering effective instruction across the curriculum and for selecting materials appropriate for learners at various stages of reading and writing development including varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

EDUC 605 Inclusion of Students with Special Needs (three credits): Emphasis will be placed on the diverse literacy needs of children within the regular education classroom. State and federal legislation concerning children with disabilities and the concept of least restrictive environment will be studied. An exploration of personal and societal biases will allow teachers increased self-awareness in teaching a divergent population. Appropriate best practices for enhancing literacy in all children will be presented.

EDUC 529 Assessment and Treatment of Reading Difficulties (three credits): Principles of corrective reading instruction, diagnostic instruments and procedures, strategies, and materials for correcting reading difficulties will be covered. Proficiency in prescribing corrective instructional plans and activities will be developed. In addition, students will apply all previously learned strategies in a field-based experience working with struggling readers. (Requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 683 Practicum.)

EDUC 683 Practicum (one credit):  Students will have experiences in working with exceptional readers. Students will conduct appropriate assessments, prescribe and carry out remedial education programs in reading. Practicum completion is required within 12 weeks after the completion of EDUC 529. Practicum reflections addressing the state teaching standards and International Reading Association standards will be compiled into a portfolio due within six months of completing program coursework. Restricted to students admitted to reading teacher endorsement/licensure program. May be repeated for credit.(Requires concurrent enrollment in EDUC 529 Assessment and Treatment of Reading Difficulties.) 

Coursework can be completed in any sequence, with the exception of the capstone course EDUC 529/638 which must be the final course in the sequence.

Current graduate tuition: 
$325 per credit for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Apply to the Reading 316 Program: click on the "Apply Now" tab on the left of this page. All students who intend to register for courses must complete the application prior to registering for courses.

Register for Courses:   All returning students intending to complete the program in La Crosse, Middleton, Milwaukee, or Green Bay must use VitNet to register for both spring courses. Students receiving financial aid must register for courses by the December 1, 2014 deadline. Late registrants contact Jeannette Armstrong or Chris Valenti for assistance. 

New students intending to complete courses in the spring must complete one Course Registration Form for each of the spring courses and return to Jeannette Armstrong at the email address below. Students applying for financial aid must register for courses by the December 1, 2014 deadline.  Late registrants contact Jeannette Armstrong or Chris Valenti for assistance.

For questions regarding course registration, please contact Jeannette Armstrong or Chris Valenti. 

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