Grade 5 to Grade 12
 Curriculum for
 Literacy Education

Grade 5 to Grade 12 <br> Curriculum for <br> Literacy Education

On Campus Literacy Grades 5 to 12 Curriculum

(requires Initial Adolescence Certification)

 
 

Core courses required for both Literacy concentrations:

EDR 502      Foundations of Literacy Instruction (3) 
EDR 509 Teaching Literacy with Diverse Populations (3)
EDR 510 Creating a Literate Environment (3)
EDR 600 Literacy Curriculum and the Role of the Reading Specialist (3)
EDR 515 Tests, Measurement and Statistics (3)
EDR 616 Research Techniques in Reading (3) 
  18 credit hours


Required courses for concentration in Literacy grades 5-12:

EDR 503      Reading in the Secondary Schools (3)
EDR 504 Adolescent Literacy (3)
EDR 602 Grades 5 - 12 Diagnosis and Diagnostic Teaching and Clinical 
Practicum:  Prerequisites:  EDR 502, 503, 503, 509 (6)
EDR 604 Advanced Practicum:  Prerequisite:  EDR 602 (3)
  15 credit hours
  Total program:  33 credit hours


Additional Courses to Add Birth - Grade 6 (optional):

EDR 605      Internship Practicum Birth - Grade 6 (6)
EDR 508 Emergent Literacy (3)
  9 credits


Graduate Portfolio Requirement 

Meetings are regularly scheduled to review portfolio requirements.  Course instructors will also designate that certain assignments be included in the portfolio.

Course Descriptions

EDR 501 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas     3 credits
Strategies for teaching and developing young children’s skills in effectively applying literacy skills as tools for learning in content areas will be examined. Candidates will develop materials and procedures that enhance comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and study skills of diverse populations of learners. Various measures for assessing children’s performance in subject areas will be studied. Children’s literature that supplements textbooks across the content areas will be examined.

EDR 502 Foundations of Literacy Instruction     3 credits
Research-based foundational principles for effective instruction in each of the language areas will be explored. Candidates will study the historical trajectory of literacy research and instruction, learn strategies for literacy instruction with diverse populations of learners, create lesson plans that apply instructional techniques, select materials based on children’s literacy level and interests, and examine various assessment measures. Multiple genres of children’s literature along with applications in literacy instruction will be explored.

EDR 503 Reading in the Secondary School     3 credits
The effective application of literacy skills as tools for teaching secondary level content areas to diverse populations will be examined. Candidates will develop materials and procedures that enhance comprehension. Integration of content and skills across subjects will be emphasized as well as methods to meet specific needs of students, including the use of multiple measures of assessment, diverse genres of literature, and various interventions in literacy instruction.

EDR 504 Adolescent Literacy: A Critical Pedagogy for a Diverse Urban Population     3 credits
Candidates will address the literacy needs of an increasingly diverse middle childhood and adolescent school population. Candidates will explore the factors influencing literacy education in the secondary school and become familiar with effective diagnostic teaching strategies appropriate for this diverse population. Field experience will be provided.

EDR 508 Emergent Literacy     3 credits
Research on the emergence of young children’s literacy knowledge and structures that enhance this development will be studied. Implementation of the emergent literacy paradigm through lessons and programs for a diverse population of young children will be a focus. Multiple measures of assessment, effective early intervention models, and multiple genres of literature with applications in literacy instruction will be explored.

EDR 509 Teaching Literacy with Diverse Population     3 credits
Strategies for effective literacy instruction with diverse populations will be examined. These include research-based approaches for special education students, ESL/LEP students and gifted and talented students. Candidates will examine how to match instruction to students’ needs and how to incorporate differentiated instruction in a classroom. Multicultural literature and literature that deals with specific disabilities will be examined. Candidates create a comprehensive curricular unit that is ready to be implemented in a classroom of diversity.

EDR 510 Creating a Literate Environment: Teaching the Language Processes     3 credits
Instructional techniques for concurrently developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as specific models for instruction that meet diverse needs and interests at all levels will be examined. Organizational components of an effective reading and writing classroom will be explored along with methods for providing a print-rich environment that spans a broad spectrum of reading levels, genres and interests.

EDR 600 Literacy Curriculum and the Role of the Reading Specialist     3 credits
Procedures for planning, evaluating and implementing curriculum at the school district level that address state and local mandates will be explored. Multiple resources that can be used in the implementation of curriculum will be examined. The role that the literacy specialist plays in coordinating this process, guiding the selection of instructional materials, and determining appropriate in-service will be examined.

EDR 601 Birth-Grade 6: Diagnosis and Diagnostic Teaching Clinical Practicum     6 credits
Candidates will explore theories and conduct in-depth literacy assessments, using both formal and informal age-appropriate measures. Candidates will examine administrative procedures and the interpretation of results for multiple assessment instruments, including diagnostic and achievement tests, reading inventories, observations, and anecdotal records. The diagnostic teaching model will be introduced and traditional remediation and intervention theories will be explored as candidates work with struggling readers during scheduled tutorial sessions.

EDR 602 Grade 5-12: Diagnosis and Diagnostic Teaching Clinical Practicum     6 credits
Candidates will explore theories and conduct in-depth literacy assessments using both formal and informal age-appropriate measures. Candidates will examine procedures and the interpretation of results for multiple assessment instruments, including diagnostic and achievement tests, reading inventories, observations and anecdotal records. The diagnostic teaching model will be introduced. Traditional remediation and intervention theories will be explored as candidates work with struggling readers during scheduled tutorial sessions.

EDR 603 Advanced Practicum: Birth-Grade 6     3 credits
Candidates observe and fully participate as an intern in reading clinics, schools, or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will refine proficiencies in instruction and assessment, organization, and enhancement of a literacy curriculum as they work with a professional team at the site. Candidates will serve as a resource for literacy instruction; they will also prepare staff development for professionals at the site based on a survey of teachers’ interests/needs. Prerequisite: EDR 601.

EDR 604 Advanced Practicum: Grades 5-12     3 credits
Candidates observe and fully participate as an intern in reading clinics, schools, or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will refine proficiencies in instruction and assessment, organization, and enhancement of a literacy curriculum as they work with a professional team at the site  Candidates will serve as a resource for literacy instruction; they will also prepare staff development for professionals at the site based on a survey of teachers’ interests/needs. Prerequisite: EDR 602.

EDR 605 Internship Practicum: Birth-Grade 6     6 credits
During this semester-long practicum experience in literacy instruction, candidates will observe and fully participate in reading clinics, schools, or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will work with clients at the emergent and childhood level.

EDR 606 Internship Practicum: Grades 5-12     6 credits
 During this semester-long practicum experience in literacy instruction, candidates will observe and fully participate in reading clinics, schools or public and voluntary agencies serving children who are experiencing literacy problems. Candidates will work with clients at the middle childhood through adolescent level.

EDR 616 Research Methods in Reading     3 credits
The course will include an examination of research on teaching in general and teaching literacy in particular. It will explore perspectives and questions on contrasting paradigms, implications of this research for curriculum, instruction, policy and practice, and teacher education and professional development. Each candidate will plan a research project consistent with his/her interests and with the course goals. Prerequisite: EDR 515.

EDR 515 Introduction to Statistics, Measurement & Assessment     3 credits
Descriptive and inferential statistical methods, quantitative and qualitative methods, research models, procedures for designing research studies and ethical principles will be studied. Candidates will also analyze literacy research studies that incorporate the various statistical procedures studied.