Semester Start Dates and Courses
ED484/G THE ART AND CRAFT OF TEACHING WRITING (3)
This course draws on current perspectives in language and literacy acquisition to help teachers set up a process-centered reading and writing classroom. Emphasis will be on the Authoring Cycle as a conceptual framework for a reading/writing curriculum in PK-l2 classrooms. In addition, teachers will learn how to use the authoring cycle to construct meaning across the sign systems.
ED601 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS (3)
This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative methods common in educational research. Students examine and evaluate research methods and design research programs.
ED638 TEACHING WITH THE INTERNET (3)
This course focuses on how to use the Internet for teaching and learning. It helps students develop skills and strategies in integrating the Internet as an essential resource into the curriculum. Prerequisite: ED452 equivalent.
ED640 LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT (3)
This course explores the theory and practice of literacy development and instruction across the K-12 school years as well as adults. Topics include models of reading and writing processes, emergent literacy, reading and writing instruction for diverse learners, assessment, and adult literacy. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and research base for various models of literacy development, reading and writing processes and instructional practices. The field has moved from viewing literacy as a process of skills acquisition to viewing literacy as a psycholinguistic process that is socially based and constructivist in nature. This course will help teachers apply current views of how children and adolescents develop as readers and writers to their own teaching situations.
ED641 MIDDLE/SECONDARY READING AND WRITING IN CONTENT AREAS (3)
Educators will learn how to support the needs of adolescent and young adults, helping them develop into confident and independent readers and writers. Focus will be on the improvement of literacy skills through meaningful, constructive engagements in reading and writing.
ED642 SEMINAR IN LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS (3)
Increasingly, teachers are using literature in the language arts classroom and across the curriculum. In this course, students read and critically evaluate a wide range of books for pre-schoolers to young adults, considering such issues as developmental needs, linguistic complexity, genre, aesthetics, interest and cultural diversity. Reader response theory, among others, provides a framework for exploring how readers respond to texts through talk, drawing, writing, dramatic play, etc.
ED643 PRACTICUM: LITERACY ASSESSMENT (3)
Students will learn how to use a range of formal and informal assessment tools and methods to diagnose and assess individual learners’ reading and writing development, to guide instruction, and to involve the learner in self-assessment. The emphasis is on using assessment in the service of instruction in the classroom and clinical settings. This course is an advanced practicum focusing on the PK- 12 grade levels. Supervised clinical practice is provided at the School of Education Literacy Center. Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor.
ED644 PRACTICUM: LITERACY INSTRUCTIONAL LAB (3)
Building on students’ experience in ED643: Literacy Assessment, this course focuses on reading and writing instruction for children and adolescents with diverse learning needs. Students observe, diagnose, and instruct children at the School of Education Literacy Center. They will deepen their understanding of reading/writing processes and strengthen their skills in designing and implementing instruction that is responsive to the current knowledge, skills, interests, motivation and needs of individual learners. Students will also extend their knowledge of how to assess students, synthesize measurement data (both formal and informal) and present findings to parents and professionals in the form of a case report. This course is an advanced practicum focusing on the PK-12 grade levels. Supervised clinical practice is provided at the School of Education Literacy Center. Prerequisite: ED643
ED645 ADVANCED METHODS IN PK-12 SCHOOL LITERACY (3)
This course draws on the constructive nature of literacy development to teach PK- 12 students. Emphasis will be placed on ways to motivate and engage students in literacy learning. Teachers will explore models of literacy learning and how they relate to literacy instruction. Literacy methods and strategies will be responsive to the sociocultural contexts of learning in diverse classroom populations. The ultimate goal is to foster students’ willing engagement in reading and writing.
ED646 THE ORGANIZATION AND SUPERVISION OF READING PROGRAMS (3)
Introduces students to organization, administration, and supervision of school reading programs (K-12). Students examine roles of reading personnel, evaluate major reading programs and develop, implement, and evaluate a reading program at the classroom and school level. Prerequisite: ED640, ED64lor ED645, or consent of advisor.
ED647 ISSUES AND RESEARCH IN LITERACY EDUCATION (3)
Students conduct a critical examination of current issues in literacy, including extensive reading of recent research literature relevant to those issues. The course is also intended as an opportunity to examine one significant issue in depth and develop a well-synthesized review of research — to use multiple expert informational resources, to read extensively, to write and present for a professional audience.
ED649 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY (3)
This seminar is designed as a final, integrative experience for students completing the master’s degree program in language and literacy. Candidates create an Electronic Capstone Portfolio to showcase their growth in mastery of competencies identified by program goals, objectives and standards, their synthesis of graduate course work and experience, and the professionalism expected of an educator. Prerequisites: A candidate’s Capstone Experience occurs during his/her last fall or spring semester of course work.
ED690 SPECIAL PROJECT (In lieu of Thesis only) (3-6)
ED695 THESIS (3-6)