Reading Courses

Course Sequence

RDNG 625 Survey of Effective Reading Methods
RDNG 672 Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area
RDNG 640 Strategies for Teaching Phonics, Spelling,
and Vocabulary
RDNG 690 Diagnosis, Assessment, and Remediation of Reading Problems

May be taken in any order after prerequisites are complete

RDNG 675 Contemporary Issues in Language Arts Instruction
or
RDNG 644 Adolescent Literature
RDNG 680 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs
RDNG 643 Teaching Writing

May be taken any time

EDHD 609 Research Methods and Applications
SPED 600 Survey of Special Education
or
SPED 620 Language Development/Instruction and Assistive Technology
Elective In consultation with advisor

Practica - take after all coursework is completed

RDNG 691 Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum
RDNG 692 Corrective and Remediation Practicum

Course Descriptions

RDNG 625 Survey of Effective Reading Methods (3) The foundations of reading and reading development are the focus of this survey course. Topics covered include: children's basic language development as a precursor to reading and as a medium for instruction, methods for assessing and instructing the emergent reader, the beginning reader, and the instructional reader, and reading disability.

RDNG 640 Strategies for Teaching Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (3) Examination of theoretical and practical issues surrounding access to print. Advances basic knowledge of reading process, models multi-sensory approach to teaching reading, and develops understanding of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary acquisition.

RDNG 643 Teaching Writing (3) This course focuses on methods and pedagogy of teaching poetry, story-writing, and expository writing to children, adolescents, and young adults. Students experience these types of writing and plan units that include character development, point of view, and other strands of writing.

RDNG 644 Adolescent Literature (3) An advanced course that includes intensive study of selected traditional and contemporary books that appeal to the adolescent reader and/or are about the adolescent. To encourage interdisciplinary uses, a wide variety of texts will be employed. Different approaches to literature genres, modes, and characteristics contained within the literature will be explored.

RDNG 669 Special Topics in Reading (3) Offered to allow for subjects that are topical and within the special expertise of the instructor; requires approval of the dean of the School of Education and Human Development. Students may receive credit for up to 2 special topics courses.

RDNG 672 Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area (3) Methods, materials, and organizational patterns for reading and writing as a means to access text in content area texts and coursework. Reading strategies and study skills are improved to maximize learning for all students through effective use of course materials.

RDNG 675 Contemporary Issues in Language Arts Instruction (3) Examination of issues and theoretical perspectives in the teaching of language arts in the elementary classroom. Emphasizes instructional strategies, activities, materials, and techniques to stimulate the acquisitions of oral, aural, and written language skills.

RDNG 680 The Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs (3) Exploration of the organization and supervision of effective reading programs in classrooms, schools, and school districts. Participants design a reading program.

RDNG 690 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation of Reading Problems (3) Introduction to basic and advanced assessment procedures used to diagnose reading difficulties of elementary and secondary students and adults. This course acquaints students with a variety of techniques to support and instruct remedial readers. These techniques address decoding, comprehension, writing, and word study across the developmental stage. It includes introduction of intervention techniques for accelerating the reading ability of struggling readers. Prerequisite RDNG 625, RDNG 640

RDNG 691 Assessment and Diagnosis Practicum (3) Application of differentiated instruction in a clinical setting to assess the problems of disabled readers. Prerequisite RDNG 690. Corequisite RDNG 692

RDNG 692 Corrective and Remediation Practicum(3) Application of differentiated instruction in a clinical setting to remediate and correct reading problems in disabled readers. Emphasizes learning and developing appropriate and practical techniques that will meet the needs of specific individuals with specific reading problems. Prerequisite RDNG 690. Corequisite RDNG 691.

RDNG 695 ACTION RESEARCH IN LITERACY EDUCATION (3) Students will conduct original research in literacy, based on efforts to improve the quality of literacy performance in the classroom and/or the school. Students will write a proposal, collect and analyze data, and write a final report suitable for publication and presentation. Prerequisites: RDNG 625, RDNG 672, RDNG 675, or RDNG 644, and EDHD 609.