Course Descriptions

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles W. Eliot

Undergraduate Courses

Language Arts and Literature:

Birth through Grade 8 (LAE 4353) — 3 credits
Methods and materials for teaching language arts skills and children’s literature from birth through middle school.
Reading Development 1: Birth through Grade 3 (RED 4308) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: EDF 3610, LAE 4353, TSL 4080 This course focuses on emergent and beginning literacy development in children, birth through grade 3. Topics covered include: philosophy; factors affecting literacy success such as child characteristics, family, environment, cultural/ethnic diversity; literacy skills and concepts; assessments; evaluation; approaches, methods and materials using research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum and practices. Field experience in a classroom setting is required.
Reading: Elementary School 1 (RED 4510) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: LAE 4353 or equivalent, EDF 3610, TSL 4080, admission to College of Education, or permission of instructor. Materials and approaches appropriate to reading instruction in the elementary school. Emphasis will be on reading readiness, perceptual development, work attack skills, vocabulary and comprehension. For State ESE students only.
Reading Diagnosis and Remediation: PreK through Grade 8 (RED 4552) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: EEX 4250, (TSL 4080 and LAE 4353, and RED 4308 and RED 4750). Prerequisites or corequisite: RED 4750. Prerequite or corequisite: EEX 4250. This course focuses on the recognition and diagnosis of reading difficulties using a variety of assessment tools and on prescribing and implementing a variety of appropriate methods and materials to improve reading performance. Field experience in a classroom setting is required.
Reading Development 2: Grades 3 through 8 (RED 4750) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: EDF 3610, TSL 4080, LAE 4353, RED 4308 This course concentrates on strategies and materials appropriate for literacy instruction in grades 3 through 8. Emphasis is placed upon reading and integrating writing into teaching, narrative and nonfiction genres. Utilizing reading to learn is the primary focus.

Language Arts:

Middle and Secondary School (LAE 4360) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor Techniques of instruction

Content Reading:

Middle and Secondary Schools (RED 4335) — 3 credits
This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and integration of reading, writing, and study skills into middle and secondary school content areas.

Graduate Courses

Special Topics (EDG 6937) — credit varies
A variety of special topics courses in reading, language arts, and children’s literature is offered. Please check the schedule each semester to identify special topics. Topics include, but are not limited to: Picture Books and Content Learning, Social Justice through Literacy, Teaching Literacy in Urban Settings, Teaching Literacy through the Arts, Critical Literacy and Multimedia, The Politics of Reading, Improving Reading through Writing, Reading Coaches: Challenges and Possibilities, Critical Perspectives on Teaching Writing, Community Literacy Programs, and Adult Literacy (Community Colleges).
Language Arts: Elementary School (LAE 6352) — 3 credits
Modern viewpoints and approaches in teaching language arts; the relation of the contemporary language description and research to the teaching of language arts in the elementary school. It also offers an in-depth study of selected topics.
Literature: Elementary School (LAE 6415) — 3 credits
Methods and materials for the creative teaching of children’s literature in the elementary school.
Beginning Reading K-3 (RED 6303) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 4552, with permission of instructor and/or advisor, and teaching experience. Designed for the classroom teacher and focuses on an overview of current beginning reading philosophy, curriculum, programs, and materials. Some emphasis is placed on diagnostic and remedial techniques suitable for the K-3 classroom.
Developmental Reading (RED 6351) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: LAE 4353. Course provides an advanced study of theory and practice related to developmental reading instruction. Emphasis is on theoretical considerations of basic reading skills using an interdisciplinary approach.
Picture Books for Content Learning (RED 6356) — 3 credits
This course emphasizes the identification and integration of picture books and the use of read-alouds for the development of reading and literacy skills in content areas.
Teaching Reading in Secondary and Middle School (RED 6361) — 3 credits
Emphasis is placed on the reading efficiency and study habits of high school and middle school students. Integrating reading and writing into content fields and reviewing reading materials will also be emphasized.
Corrective Reading (RED 6515) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 4552 or RED 6518 and graduate reading survey course, or with permission of instructor. Designed for the classroom teacher, this course provides in depth evaluation of techniques, materials, and approaches to reading instruction for the corrective reader.
Reading Diagnosis and Practicum for Classroom Teachers (RED 6518) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate survey of reading course or their equivalents and permission of instructor or advisor. Designed for the classroom teacher, this course emphasizes classroom diagnostic procedures and planning for instruction through written diagnostic reading reports.
Reading Diagnosis (RED 6546) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 6351, EDF 6432, and three years teaching experience. A formal as well as informal diagnosis of reading problems in a clinical setting. An introduction to and writing of case reports is included.
COE Remedial Reading (RED 6548) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6546. Detailed analyses of case studies in reading with primary emphases on theoretical and etiological factors of reading disability. Classical remedial approaches are included.
Trends and Issues in Reading Education (RED 6656) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6351 or permission of instructor. Modern approaches to reading instruction; includes a critical review of issues and innovations.
Reading Practicum (RED 6836) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6548 Supervised tutorial experience in working with children exhibiting special reading problems.
Supervision of Reading Programs (RED 7247) — 3 credits
Prerequisite: 9 credits of 6000-level reading courses A survey of issues in reading education that directly impact supervisory personnel at school, district, or state levels. It includes strategies for managing and evaluating school-wide reading programs. Field based experiences are required.
Advanced Reading Diagnosis (RED 7595) — 3 credits
Research in Reading (RED 7747) — 3 credits
Prerequisites: 9 credits of 6000-level RED, RED 7933, and EDF 6481 An advanced, in-depth review of research methodology and application of research design for reading education. Formulation of an actual reading research design for doctoral study is required.
Topics in Reading Education (RED 7933) — 3 credits
An analysis of specific topics in the area of reading which the instructor will choose. Emphasis will be on the review of literature and active programs related to the topic(s).
Seminar in Reading Education (RED 7948) — 3 credits
An analysis of doctoral research proposals in reading education. Emphasis is on critiquing individual student presentations, projects, and investigation.