EDRD 6600 Introduction to Materials and Methods in Reading Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intended for students who do not have a background in education or who are not majoring in language and literacy education. This course introduces students to classroom approaches to reading instruction. Foci include examination of how children learn to read and analysis of specific strategies and materials used to teach reading. Students are involved in observing and analyzing literacy programs in field experience settings.

EDRD 7260 Early Literacy Development and Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students examine theories and research on language and literacy development in childhood. Psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence early literacy development are related to educational implications for students’ understanding and effective use of language and literacy. Instructional approaches for developing phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension abilities of beginning readers are explored. Cross-listed with ECE 9420.

EDRD 7360 Literacy and Digital Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course addresses issues related to using digital media and texts in the reading/language arts curriculum. Participants investigate pedagogical implications to integrate multiple digital texts in the K-12 classrooms, communities, and homes.

EDRD 7550 Literacy Assessment and Curriculum Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course involves advanced study of the planning and managing of classroom literacy events based on assessment information. Emphases include a supervised classroom experience where students (1) examine ways of recording, analyzing, and using assessment information in daily classroom instruction to inform curriculum development; (2) consider cultural, psychological, social, and political issues associated with traditional ability groups and alternative approaches to ability grouping that can be implemented to meet students needs; and (3) understand and assess reading programs.

EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course addresses the theories, methodologies, and materials used to teach reading and writing instruction, language development, and literacy strategies. Students will learn about the theories and practical application for teaching reading to all students including those representing diverse cultural and linguistic communities.

EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Areas
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will analyze reading and writing instructional strategies and materials in the content area classrooms. Emphases are on the process of reading and writing in the middle and secondary schools, the role of text complexity, instructional planning, adolescent literacy development, digital texts, comprehension, vocabulary, and study strategies.

EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EDRD 6600 or EDRD 7600 or equivalent
Description

This course introduces the use of formal and informal assessments of students’ reading and writing abilities. Emphases include instructional strategies for working with a variety of literacy learners across the developmental continuum and a practicum experience in which students compile literacy profiles of students using a case study approach.

EDRD 8210 Family and Community Literacies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine scholarship by literacy and language researchers who utilize diverse methodologies and theoretical orientations in understanding families literate and community lives. This course will consider critical contemporary perspectives through the examination of: a) research on family and community literacies and practices; b) research on the role of class and culture in literacy; c) research on popular culture and digital and social media; and d) research on family and school involvement.

EDRD 8280 Literacy for a Diverse Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Restricted to Ed.D. and PhD students. This course involves students in an in-depth study of cultural, social, and political factors affecting the acquisition of literacy, literacy instruction, literacy achievement, and literacy assessment of various groups within the United States and groups outside the United States. Special attention is given to the relationship of class, gender, and ethnicity to literacy.

EDRD 8310 Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Restricted to Ed.D. and Ph.D. students. This course focuses on critical interpretation and evaluation of research and theoretical writing in the field of literacy (i.e., topics focus on reading, literature, and/ or writing). Emphases included historical changes in the field, models of reading and/or literacy process, and paradigms underlying literacy research. (Repeatable when topics change.).

EDRD 8550 Trends and Issues in Language and Literacy Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course students examine theory and pedagogy in language and literacy education. Students analyze current instructional practices and issues in reading, language arts, and English and study future directions in these fields. (Repeatable when topics change.).

EDRD 8610 Professional Learning and Leadership of Literacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces students to organization, administration, and leadership skills of (P-12) literacy (reading, English language arts) programs. Students analyze existing programs for elementary, middle, and high schools, examine roles of literacy personnel, and address methods of program evaluation and ways to improve literacy programs.

EDRD 9870 Advanced Research Seminar in Language and Literacy Education
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

This seminar is for advanced doctoral students in language and literacy education. Students explore research methodology, research findings, and design of research in language and literacy. Seminar may extend beyond one term. (Repeatable).