Reading & Literacy Course Descriptions


(*See “Teacher Certification” section, for EDU course descriptions)

RDG 509 Psychology of Literacy Development 3 hours
This course describes the variables and the behaviors involved in reading and learning to read; it investigates task and milieu conditions which facilitate reading skill acquisition; and examines teaching strategies in relation to research findings.

RDG 519 Language and Cognitive Development 3 hours
This course explores theories of language and cognitive development; language growth; significance of home, culture and early school environment; relationship of linguistics to reading and speaking processes; readiness and implementation for beginning reader; procedures for teaching bilingual children.

RDG 557 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading 3 hours
This course specifically addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of intermediate and secondary school students with reading problems; analyzes the variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures in various content areas; presents teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills, content reading and writing proficiency of all students; and explores strategies for supporting literacy instruction across the curriculum.

RDG 559 Literature Based Approaches to Reading Instruction 3 hours
This course examines the history, description, rationale, and criteria for selection and evaluation of classic, contemporary, and culturally diverse literature for children and young adults. This course also presents specific strategies for using culturally conscious literature in literature based reading instruction, and explores a variety of strategies to foster literacy development and promote an enjoyment of literature.

RDG 564 Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts 3 hours
This course presents criteria and procedures for reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking processes, and examines teaching strategies and materials which are consonant with human growth and development. This course also discusses research and management of classroom reading programs, grades K-8.

RDG 567 The Writing Process in Literacy Development 3 hours
This course presents theories of how to teach writing skills and examines the connection between reading and writing performance in literacy development. This course also explores and 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 hours
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 also develops a comprehensive testing vocabulary in order to administer, interpret, and evaluate tests.

RDG 619 Prescriptive Techniques for Reading Instruction 3 hours
This course examines the implementation of developmental and remedial reading programs, management systems, and classroom organization, grades K-8. This course also develops advanced skills in selecting, designing and evaluating strategies and materials for the teaching of specific objectives in reading; in prescribing and modifying for differentiated instruction; and in applying reading instruction to content areas.

RDG 639 Research in Reading and Curriculum Development 4 hours
This course provides opportunities for research that focuses on effective literacy instruction, and factors involved in successful curriculum development in school-wide reading programs. This course also covers techniques for formal and informal research. Students will design, conduct, and present a research project.

RDG 649 Seminar for Reading Specialists 3 hours
This course addresses reading consultant responsibilities, including: coordinating developmental and remedial programs, facilitating teacher and staff development, writing proposals, conducting workshops, and simulating interactions.

RDG 669 Clinical Practicum in Reading 4 hours
This course explores advanced diagnosis and remediation in a clinical setting, including: on-going assessment and modification of teaching strategies and conditions in relation to pupil performance and attitudes, and reporting of findings and recommendations to others. NOTE: Reading major endorsement requires that the student must work with elementary and secondary age pupils.

RDG 691 Independent Study: Issues in Literacy Development 1-3 hours
An explanation of Independent Study’s can be found in the “Academic Policies” section of this catalog.

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