EDU 6311. Literacy Leadership and Consultation
Capstone course for the Reading Specialist Certification Program provides knowledge and skills for literacy leaders in their consultative roles in schools. Focuses on extending knowledge of evidence-based practices, building understanding of how to administer a program of assessment and tiered instruction, and supporting collaboration with various groups of stakeholders. This course also trains the teacher-leader to provide professional development, consultation and coaching in order to support the literacy development of all students in the school. Requires practicum experiences.

EDU 6320. Language Teaching Research, Theory, and Practice
This course introduces the methodology of second language instruction with an emphasis on current research and theory of language acquisition and teaching. ESL program designs are reviewed, and classroom applications and assessments are discussed in the context of specialized ESL classrooms.

EDU 6323. Literacy Assessment
Presents the most current understanding of literacy development and assessment based on recent research, focusing on standardized and criterion-referenced, as well as diagnostic and Curriculum-Based Measurement procedures at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Emphasis is on gathering and interpreting assessment information for making instructional decisions. Requires practicum experiences.

EDU 6330. Introductory Course A: Survey of Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders
Introduces language communication concepts and educational activities for teaching individuals with developmental dyslexia and related language learning difficulties. Includes a study of the characteristic symptoms of dyslexia, implications of the disorder, diagnosis, and multisensory and discovery language remediation techniques. Practicum opportunities are recommended.

EDU 6363. Late Literacy Acquisition
Examines the evidence-based principles of literacy development and learning in intermediate, middle, and secondary grade reading and writing instruction (grades 3-12). Focuses on the theory, research base, and practitioner application of procedures for designing, implementing, adapting, and evaluating literacy instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Prerequisite for Reading Specialist Preparation Program: EDU 6364 and 6367.

EDU 6364. Early Literacy Acquisition I
The first of two courses that provides an in-depth examination of early literacy acquisition based on the latest research evidence. Provides teachers with knowledge essential to effectively teaching literacy to students with varying needs who are at the kindergarten to second grade developmental levels. Scientific theory about cognitive and literacy development is integrated with a deep understanding of the structure of language and applied to specific methods for teaching early literacy to students in K-2. Requires practicum experiences.

EDU 6366. Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
Prepares teachers to facilitate their students' ability to gain meaning from text and to use text as a tool for content area learning. Provides practical strategies and techniques for accommodating the academic diversity faced by today's teachers. Teachers complete the term with a deeper understanding of how to integrate reading and writing to enhance student learning of content area knowledge. Requires practicum experiences. Prerequisite EDU 6363.

EDU 6367. Early Literacy Acquisition II
The second of two courses that provides teachers with knowledge essential to teaching literacy to students with varying needs who are at the kindergarten through second grade developmental levels. Requires practicum experiences. Prerequisite: EDU 6364.

EDU 6368. Evaluating and Teaching Writing
Focuses on how to coach, assess, teach, and evaluate writing in a K-12 Response-to-Intervention framework. Teachers will learn how to assess writing and language skills, as well as learn how to apply specific evidence-based instructional practices and techniques for teaching writing and enhancing students’ writing outcomes. Requires practicum experiences.

Additionally, for Students enrolled in the Early Literacy Scholars Program:

EDU 6164. Early Literacy Acquisition I Practicum
Provides students with supervised opportunities to apply content and skills from their early literacy courses to classroom and tutoring situations. Corequisite: EDU 6364.

EDU 6167. Early Literacy Acquisition II Practicum
Provides students with supervised opportunities to apply content and skills from their early literacy courses to classroom and tutoring situations. Corequisite: EDU 6367.

EDU 6120. Literacy Assessment Practicum
Provides students with supervised opportunities to use literacy assessment in their classroom and tutoring situations. Corequisite: EDU 6323.