640 Balanced Literacy in the Reading Program - Theory and techniques for developing and implementing balanced literacy instruction K-12 are presented. Research and best practices using constructivism, brain function and phonology will be studied. Design and implementation of reading and writing workshops and assessment strategies are explored in detail.
681 Emergent Literacy PK-3 - The focus for this course is the literacy development of the Pre-K - 3 and implications through grade 12. The course covers the developmental process of literacy acquisition and the use of appropriate methods, models, and strategies for encouraging its growth. The role of parents, the community, and assessment tools will be explored.
605 Inclusion of Students with Special Needs - 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.
650 Content Reading and Study Strategies - The focus of this course is the development of strategic reading skills in students grades K-12. Emphasis will be placed on the research based best practices and brain compatible teaching models. Text books, trade books, and technology will be evaluated to support student attitudes, understanding and retention across the curriculum.
580 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature in the Reading Program - The development of lifelong reading habits and an appreciation of all genres 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.
529 Assessment and Treatment of Reading Difficulties - Principles of corrective reading instruction, diagnostic instruments and procedures, strategies and materials for correction 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. Includes a practicum. (Prerequisite: all reading courses)
683 Practicum - Students will have experience working with disabled readers and will conduct appropriate assessments and presribe and carry out remedial education programs in reading. Due 12 weeks after the completion of EDUC 529. (Formerly EDUC 789)
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