This course is focused on building background knowledge in teaching literacy in the elementary and middle school grades for the post-bacc student seeking a teaching certificate or a Master of Arts in Reading. Students explore the foundations of teaching literacy by investigating constructive education methodology in the elementary and middle school classroom. Such topics as phonemic awareness, phonics, scaffolding, differentiating instruction, spelling approaches, vocabulary building, reading comprehension, and other timely issues will be addressed.
Course Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Enrollment requires admittance to graduate studies or permission of the instructor. Course participants are students in the post-bachelor’s teacher certification program or the reading master’s degree program, or other master’s students in the College of Education.
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain current issues in literacy.
- Identify the development of background knowledge of literacy in the elementary and middle school grades.
- Demonstrate knowledge of research-based strategies for students in the elementary and middle school grades.
- Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of informal assessments for literacy.