Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize Theory: Develop critical understanding of major theories and research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development and the components of literacy and language development

  2. Synthesize Teaching Practices: Demonstrate understanding of the major components of reading and writing processes and describe how these processes are developed in different instructional approaches and classroom contexts.

  3. Synthesize Contextual Factors: Examine the intersections among cultural diversity, culturally relevant instructional practices, and teacher expectations in regards to literacy achievement.

  4. Implement Assessment: Understand the purposes, strengths and limitations of different literacy assessments. This includes selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments to equitably evaluate the literacy needs of diverse learners and communicate evaluation results with a variety of audiences.

  5. Implement Instruction: Design, facilitate, lead, and evaluate a routine sequence of integrated, comprehensive, and balanced research-based literacy lessons for a struggling reader

  6. Implement Leadership: Develop and enhance professional practice as a literacy leader and advocate for students with diverse needs.

  7. Impact Achievement: Collaborate with various stakeholders to plan integrated, comprehensive, and balanced instructional activities with a range of texts to support literacy instruction for diverse learners.

  8. Impact Engagement: Use professional knowledge, assessment, and inquiry to adjust literacy instruction and the environment to promote learner motivation, engagement, and equity.

  9. Advocate for Equity: Recognize and display positive dispositions about the strengths of culturally and linguistically diverse students and families.

Program Requirements

This degree can usually be completed within five semesters.  Coursework is in hybrid format (one online course, one hybrid course each semester except for EDRD 5520).

Specific Reading Teaching Knowledge Requirements (21-24 hours)
EDRD 5439Language and Literacy Across the Disciplines3
EDRD 5501Teaching Of Reading3
EDRD 5502Early Literacy and Language Development3
EDRD 5510Adolescent Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention 3
EDRD 5511Advanced Literacy Assessment and Evaluation3
EDRD 5520Elementary Practicum in Literacy Assessment and Intervention (*Culminating Practicum)3
EDRD 5601Organizing And Guiding The Reading Program3
EDRD 5650Dyslexia and Related Learning Differences3
EDRD 5530Reading Instruction for K-12 English Language Learners3
EDUC-C&I 5523Advanced Literature For Children3
EDRD 5541Literacy for Adult Learners 3
Professional Requirements (9-15 credit hours)
EDUC-SP 5515Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers: Understanding and Applying Theories of Behavior3
EDUC-SP 5516Collaborating with Families and Other Professionals3
TCH-ED 5404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
EDUC-R&P 5510Child Behavior And Development3
EDUC-R&P 5512Adolescent Development And The School3
Total Credits48