COURSE: 55-571 Methods of Early Reading and Intermediate Literacy Instruction, P-9 (6)|
This course is to introduce the candidate to the teaching and learning processes associated with scientific research based comprehensive literacy instruction in PK-9 classrooms and will emphasize these scientific foundations of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, text comprehension and fluency. Developmental stages of learning to read and write, interactive teaching strategies, and instructional materials, methods and assessments will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a knowledge base needed to assist beginning teachers in making insightful decisions regarding their objectives and practices. Updated information on current trends, research, and state standards will be emphasized. Tier II and Tier III classroom literacy interventions in accordance with Response to Intervention mandates and progress monitoring practice will be highlighted. The needs of all children including those with special needs based on exceptionalities or on diversity of language or culture will be embedded in all course experiences. Current multi-cultural children’s literature will be used in simulated classroom teaching experiences. Field experiences, supervised by a University supervisor will provide opportunities for students to connect teaching theory with classroom practice during their affiliated field experience course.Prerequisite: Consent of M.A. Elementary Education Director.