History and Philosophy of Reading (3 credits) Addresses the history and philosophical bases of reading research, theory, and instruction. Explores literacy at all levels, including the interrelationship of the language arts, the role of metacognition, sociocultural influences, and the reading process as meaning construction. Students will develop their own philosophies of teaching reading.
Theory and Practice of Reading/Language Arts (3 credits) Focuses on current theory and instructional practices in developmental reading and language arts from emergent literacy through high school. Causes and characteristics of reading difficulties will be addressed including the role of phonemic, morphemic, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic systems of language as it applies to diverse learners and English Language Learners.
Phonics and Orthography of English Language (3 credits) Principles of phonology, phonics, and spelling patterns as aids to word identification will be addressed including current research on different phonics approaches in reading and spelling instruction.
Reading Curriculum, Assessment, and Standards (3 credits) Trends in curriculum planning, assessment, and standards will be examined as they apply to the alignment of standards and the teaching of reading. Included will be the evaluation and selection of curriculum, criterion-referenced and norm-referenced tests, informal assessments, and technological resources.
Instruction & Assessment of Reading Difficulty (3 credits) Principles of assessing children with reading difficulties and strategies for intervention will be examined. Prerequisites: EDU 530, 531, 532, & 533.
Role of Reading Specialist (1 credit) An independent practicum in which the student interns with a Reading Specialist for a minimum of 30 hours (one credit) to foster the professional competencies necessary for a Reading Specialist in the school and community. This will include conferences with the college instructor to discuss a required text. Students may receive up to two additional elective credits of EDU 535. Every semester and summer
Literature for Children & Adolescents (3 credits) Various genres of classical and contemporary children's literature will be discussed with emphasis on instructional strategies useful in the classroom. This includes the use of trade books to increase motivation and growth in reading and writing.
Practicum: Instruction & Assessment of Reading Difficulty (3 credits) A supervised practicum that focuses on application of assessment and intervention strategies with children who have reading difficulties. Prerequisite: EDU 534
ELL: Language & Cultural Diversity (1 credit) Addresses culture, immigration, language, & acculturation as it relates to ELL’s. Online only. Every summer
ELL: Instructional Strategies and ELP (1 credit) Addresses ELP Levels, WIDA assessment, online resources and instructional strategies for ELL’s. Online only. Every summer
Advanced Studies in the Foundations of Education (3 credits) This course reviews historical, sociological, and philosophical, factors as related to events and problems of present-day America. It also covers the theories and principles of learning, surveys theory and research in learning, and examines the application of principles of learning to contemporary settings.
Applied Research in Education (3 credits) Designed to enable students to be professionally conversant with research design and analysis and to allow them to apply their knowledge of research design to method to investigate a suitable topic of interest. Students will apply the skills in research to investigate the foundations of research in light of the Sovereignty of God and from a Biblical perspective.
SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credits) Students may choose from the following possible options. These are just a sample of possible courses. Elective credits must total three (3).