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READ 6300: Foundations of Reading and Writing (3 hours). The elements of emergent literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension, are explored. Assessment techniques and the reading/writing needs of all learners, including the exceptional and culturally diverse are also examined. Research based approaches, practices and materials are emphasized, as well as the importance of professional development, modeling, and leadership.
READ 6310: Teaching Reading to Special Learners (3 hours). A study of the cause of reading difficulties and procedures used to support students with reading difficulties, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments. Approaches reading difficulty from a holistic view. Attention is given to assessment strategies and remedial procedures for correction. Clinical hours required.
READ 6315: Teaching Content Area Literacy (3 hours). This course focuses on literacy in the content-area subjects. The importance of reading and writing literacy in the content areas is emphasized as well as the integration of literacy into a variety of instructional areas. The development of speaking and listening skills is also included as a part of literacy development. A variety of literacy strategies and skills is presented and examined. Approaches for developing and applying these strategies in various subject-matter areas are explored. PREREQ: READ 6300.
READ 6320: Psychological, Sociological, and Linguistic Factors in Reading and Writing Ability (3 hours). This course provides an overview of the psychological and social factors that affect reading ability. Focusing on reading as a linguistic process, the course helps teachers understand how cognitive processes, motivational factors, and brain mechanisms interact to contribute to success in reading. PREREQ: READ 6315.
ENGL 6360: Literature and Response (3 hours). Examines literature for children and adolescents and their responses to it. Students investigate the types of, and influences upon, response patterns such as motor, oral, written, and expressive-art. Students will learn to use authentic assessment of the various responses. Literature in all genres will be read. PREREQ: READ 6320.
READ 6330: Diagnosis and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties: Reading Practicum I (3 hours). Interpreting psychological, sociological, and educational factors affecting the reading process. A case study will be developed for identifying and analyzing reading disabilities. PREREQ: ENGL 6360.
READ 6340: Diagnosis and Correction of Reading and Writing Difficulties: Reading Practicum II (3 hours). Focuses on procedures and materials for correction of reading difficulties, evaluation of pupil progress, and differentiation of instructional techniques. PREREQ. READ 6330.
READ 6370: Administration and Supervision of Reading/Writing Programs (3 hours). This course provides an overview of the challenges that reading specialists face in their roles as administrators and supervisors of reading/writing programs. Students will come away from this course with guidelines and tools that will help ensure the creation and implementation of strong reading programs at the classroom, school, and district levels. PREREQ: READ 6340