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Literacy Education Course of Study

ED 590 Children's Literature: PK-5
3 credits
This course is designed for learners to interact with a wide variety of children's literature that includes a representation of ethnic and cultural diversity. In so doing, learners will share books and book related experiences with children. Learners will focus on current and traditional works as well as authors and illustrators of books for children at the early childhood and elementary level. In addition, learners will explore instructional strategies for using literature to teach reading and content subjects in the classroom.

READ 515 ECE Foundationsof Literacy Development
3 credits
This module examines the process of early language development and the emergence of literacy focusing on the first eight years of life. The module studies literacy development within diverse contexts and the influence of individual, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and racial differences as well as abilities/disabilities. It considers ways of promoting language and literacy development, including the selection and use of activities and materials suitable for the facilitation of early literacy.

READ 572 ECE: Reading Assessment
3 credits
This module examines varieties of assessment of early reading and literacy focusing on the first eight years of life. The module studies current reading assessment approaches to young children within diverse contexts and the influence of individual, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and racial differences as well as abilities/disabilities. It also considers ways of sharing meaningful assessment information on reading to identify children in need of prevention and early intervention planning in collaboration with early childhood educators and family members.

READ 570 - Classrroom Assessment and Reading Instruction 
3 credits
This course provides teachers an understanding of issues related to reading instruction and assessment. Practicing educators will be provided research-validated strategies and assessment tools to inform instruction, meet the needs of individual learners, and develop an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction. A major focus of this course is the integral relationship between informal classroom assessments and effective instructional strategies within the context of a balanced reading approach.