Reading Education Concentration

Description of the Program

A focus on how to support literacy learning, teach struggling readers, facilitate professional development of reading teachers, and diagnose and respond to literacy challenges encountered by students

Admission Requirements

  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree;
  • Holds a teaching certificate in elementary education (K-6);
  • Pass the GRE/MAT requirements OR have 3 years of successful teaching.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses = 4 courses (12 hours)

ED 530

ApplieMulticulturalism

3 hours

Online

Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gendersexual orientation, andreligious affiliation, studentwildevelop a theoretical understanding of the connections between identity, difference, powerand privilege and the role(sschool(could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices.Furthermore and importantly, studentwill develop an understanding of the wayresearcin botthe humanities and social sciences can be used tinterpret, analyze, and critiqumulticulturalism.

ED 535

Introduction tApplied EducationaResearch

3 hours

Online

Introduction tthe naturof research and itrelationshito educational thought and practice.  Primarfocus wilbe on planning and executing research activities(i.e.action research, thesidevelopmentithe diverse classroom and analyzing the collected data timprove instruction, educational performance and adding tthe body of knowledge on educational practices.

ED 540

AdvanceCognitive Psychology

3 hours

Online

Designed tinform students abourecent developments iCognitive Psychology and theiimplications for teaching and learning. Studentwilleave ED 565 with a variety of “cognitive understandings” for use in differentiated classrooms.

ED 565

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

3 hours

Online

Provides an introductiotthe philosophy and practice of differentiation.  Examines the elements, contentprocess, product, affect and learning environment, by which instruction can be differentiated taddress the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students.

Concentration Courses = 6 courses (18 hours)

ED 510

Foundations of Literacy

3 hours

Online

This course includes a study of methods, materials, and strategies for reading instruction. Components of the course will include but not be limited to the five pillars of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel (2000): phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Emphasis is placed on the various stages of and approaches to literacy development, knowledge of which is required for the Alabama Reading Specialist licensure.

ED 605

Reading Research & Instruction

3 hours

Hybrid

Elements of effective reading instruction for beginning readers as supported by current research and practice. Topics include balance, language-rich/print-rich environment, language development, phonemic awareness, print awareness, phonics, writing, spelling, and comprehension.

ED 608

Expanding Reading Ability Through Content Area Instruction

3 hours

Hybrid

Strategies to enhance reading comprehension when using materials in all subject areas. Teacher-directed, integrated instruction; extensive use of authentic printed materials; discussion at literal and higher levels of understanding, motivation, vocabulary, and writing. Field experience required.

ED 612

Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading

3 hours

Hybrid

Focuses on ways to address the needs of students who do not read at grade level. Intervention strategies such as on-going assessment and evaluation, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics, extensive practice, comprehension strategies, and writing, along with careful examination of standardized state assessment measures. Field experience required.

ED 665

Differentiated Elementary Literacy

3 hours

Hybrid

This course will focus on guiding the learner to apply the concepts of differentiated instruction to elementary literacy concepts.  Advanced teacher candidates will develop and implement differentiated instructional plans that utilize individual and flexible grouping strategies and resources to support the growth of strategic, independent readers and writers.

ED 696

Reading Education Internship

3 hours

Hybrid

Placement in an internship of at least 300 clock hours as required for state licensure. This course includes observations by a university supervisor and a case study of one or more students receiving specialized literacy instruction.

Action Research Project = 1 course (3 hours)

ED 690

Master's Action Research Project

3 hours

Hybrid

After the completion of the courses, advanced candidates will complete a summative action research project. Working with an individual faculty member, the action research will be planned, completed, and presented for the department.

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