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Reading & Literacy Course Descriptions

RDG 509: Psychology of Literacy Development   3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines, explores, and investigates psychological variables and the behaviors involved in reading and learning to read.  The course analyzes task and milieu conditions which facilitate reading skill acquisition, and examines teaching strategies in relation to research findings about literacy learning.

RDG 557: Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course specifically addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of intermediate and secondary school students with reading problems.  Students in this course analyze the variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures across content areas.  Teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills, content reading and writing proficiency of all students are presented with strategies for supporting literacy instruction across the curriculum.

RDG 559: Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines the history, rationale, and criteria for selection and evaluation of classic, contemporary, culturally diverse literature for children and young adults.  Specific strategies for culturally relevant literature-based reading instruction are presented to foster literacy development and promote an enjoyment of literature.

RDG 564: Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course presents criteria and procedures for examining reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking processes. Developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and materials supportive of reading development are explored. This course also examines research and management of classroom reading programs, grades K-8.

RDG 567: The Writing Process in Literacy Development 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course presents theories of how to teach writing skills examining the connection between reading and writing performance in literacy development. This course also examines skills that support writing processes and identifies effective strategies for cross-curricular integration of creative and informational writing.

RDG 609: Diagnostic Techniques in Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines identification of reading disabilities and possible causative factors through the use of formal and informal tests and case study methods. This course develops a comprehensive testing vocabulary in order to administer, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests.

RDG 619: Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course examines implementation considerations, management systems, and classroom organization of developmental and remedial reading programs, grades K-8. Advanced skills are developed for selecting, designing and evaluating strategies for meeting specific reading objectives. Direction is given on prescribing and modifying for differentiated instruction, and supporting content area reading instruction.

RDG 639: Research in Reading and Curriculum Development 4 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course provides opportunities for research that focuses on effective literacy instruction and factors involved in successful curriculum development of school-wide reading programs.  The course covers formal and informal research techniques. Students will design, conduct, and present a research project.

RDG 649: Seminar for Reading Specialists 3 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses reading consultation responsibilities. These include coordinating developmental and remedial programs, facilitating teacher and staff development, writing program, funding and research proposals, conducting workshops, and simulating interactions.

RDG 669: Clinical Practicum in Reading   4 credits

Prerequisites: none

This course explores advanced diagnosis and remediation in a clinical setting, including on-going assessment and modification of teaching strategies.  Course material covers learning conditions in relation to pupil performance, and methodologies for reporting findings and recommendations.  NOTE: Reading specialist endorsement requires that the student must work with elementary and secondary age pupils.

RDG 691: Independent Study: Reading & Technology 1-3 credits

Prerequisites: none

Independent Study involves instruction with a designated faculty member outside of regular class settings.  A proposal describing the scope, context and outcomes of the independent study course must be made and accepted by the Dean’s office for independent study to occur.  An explanation of Independent Study parameters and processes can be found in the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog.

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