Elementary Reading & Literacy, K-6

The Master in the Art of Teaching with a Focus on Elementary Reading & Literacy is a program of study that accomplishes two goals. First, it concentrates on developing instructional leaders. Second, it concentrates on the content knowledge elementary teachers need in order to be effective teachers of reading and literacy. 

RDG 500 Foundations of Reading & Literacy

This course provides teachers with a comprehensive knowledge base in the reading process and facility with the most effective instructional and assessment techniques. Based on research with internationally recognized master reading teachers, this course enables participants to identify effective theories and principles for teaching reading in the five major components of the reading process Ñ literacy, phonemic awareness and phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension Ñ and to apply the most effective instructional plans, methods and resources in their practice. In addition, this masters in reading course focuses on methods for assessing reading progress in individuals and groups and ideas for differentiating instruction for diverse learners.


Participants will be able to: 

• Examine issues related to motivating students to read and create physical spaces that support reading and writing and critical thinking 

• Explore the research foundation and instructional implications of effective literacy practices including the five areas of reading identified as key to reading success 

• Examine elements of effective teaching and learning as they come together in one instructional sequence and focus on how to improve their instructional techniques 

• Plan instructional strategies and techniques based on students' needs, teach while checking for understanding and reflect based on evidence of student achievement 

RDG 510 Reading Diagnosis & Differentiated Instruction For Diverse Learners

This course examines formal and informal literacy assessments; identifies appropriate strategies for remediation of reading disabilities; and plans differentiated instructional methods with emphasis on phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. This masters in reading online course also develops a comprehensive assessment vocabulary in order to administer, interpret, and evaluate assessment instruments. Field experience and a case study component will demonstrate integration of course knowledge and classroom practices.

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RDG 610 Reading in the Content Areas

This course focuses on ways to integrate effective reading strategies into all subject areas of the curriculum. Participants will learn strategies for supporting the comprehension of nonfiction texts and the development of content-area vocabulary, as well as motivational techniques for reluctant learners.


Participants will be able to: 

•  Employ effective instructional strategies to engage all learners in the reading of informational texts 

•  Develop subject-area vocabulary that aids in the comprehension of content-specific material 

•  Utilize strategies that help students make connections to prior learning 

•  Support the engagement and learning of struggling readers

RDG 615 The Reading & Writing Connection

This course focuses on the writing process and its role in literacy development. As students become fluent readers, they need to balance their literacy time with various types of writing. Participants apply research-based instructional strategies to integrate writing into all subject areas. Specific techniques such as mini-lessons, error analysis, conferencing and using portfolios are addressed. Each step of the writing process is examined as participants design units of study for their teaching practice.


Participants will be able to: 

•  Identify, define and explain all stages of the writing process 

•  Create learning experiences in which students respond to literature before, during and after reading 

•  Employ the use of writing portfolios to measure the growth of writing ability over time 

•  Examine ways to support the independence of reading and writing in the classroom 

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