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Reading Specialist

Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  


The Reading/Writing Connection

3 credit hours

Foundational course that investigates research relating to methods, materials, and teaching practices for literacy instruction in grades PreK-12. Includes examination of language elements. Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing will be explored.


Technology and the Reading Specialist

3 credit hours

This course is designed as an introduction to instructional technology in literacy education. Provides experiences with designing and using Web 2.0 tools for developing 21st century learning skills for students and educators.


Teaching Reading in Content Areas

3 credit hours

Focuses on methods and materials used to teach reading in the content areas. Involves work on vocabulary, comprehension, motivation, and writing across the curriculum needed by K-12 students when reading in the content areas. Literacy coaching and teaching are required. *10 field experience hours.


Language Development and Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

3 credit hours

Study of language in children and its relationship to reading and writing with emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, delivery models, and instructional approaches.


Literature for Children and Adolescents

3 credit hours

Evaluation and selection of literature to meet the needs of all learners from PreK-12. Emphasis is on literature which reflects the cultural diversity of students. Includes experiences in critical analysis, methods of presenting literature, and uses of literature.


Practicum I: Assessment and Evaluation Teaching and Testing of Reading Disabilities

3 credit hours

Introductory practicum experiences in assessing and analyzing the learning needs of individuals with moderate to severe reading problems; developing and implementing an individualized instructional program based on diagnostic findings. Study of the theoretical basis and rationale for selected diagnostic/instructional and testing procedures. 10 clinical hours.


Curriculum Development and Supervision of Reading /Language Arts Programs

3 credit hours

Strategies for planning, implementing and assessing reading/language arts programs in elementary and secondary schools. Guidelines for supervising and developing staff effectiveness. Criteria for selecting and using instructional materials and assessment measures. Knowledge of the qualifications, function and duties of reading professionals. Methods for coordinating, communicating, and supporting a reading/language arts programs and its school related services. Field work involves case study of a school reading program. 10 clinical hours.


Teaching Reading: Theory and Practice

3 credit hours

Examination and interpretation of the theoretical models of the reading process, language acquisition, and the implications of various theoretical positions for teaching and learning.


Practicum Ii: Instructional Intervention

3 credit hours

Advanced practicum course in developing and implementing appropriate intervention plans for struggling readers. Examines intervention programs to improve student learning. Assists teachers in analyzing and using assessment data to make instructional decisions. 10 clinical hours.


Seminar for Literacy Leaders

3 credit hours

This capstone course is designed to prepare reading specialist candidates for their emerging roles as literacy leaders. Candidates examine contemporary literacy issues to inform their professional practice.


Program Orientation

0 credit hours

Candidates explore the School of Education's professional dispositions, which include the values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward families, colleagues and communities that affect student learning. In addition, candidates complete the first of two professional dispositions self-assessment surveys. This course also explores key functions of course platforms(Canvas and Live Text)that will be utilized throughout the program.


Program Reflection

0 credit hours

In this course the candidates reflect on their experience throughout the program. Candidates complete the final professional dispositions self-assessment survey.