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Master of Arts in
Literacy Education

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the titles and course descriptions of the courses required for the Master of Arts in Literacy Education graduate program.

RDNG 620. Specialized Literacy Professional. 3 Hours. Addresses history of the role of reading specialist, adult learning theory and contemporary research on the current role of the Specialized Literacy Professional (SLP)/Reading Specialist.

RDNG 621. Rdng & Wrtng Inst-Elem Schools. 3 Hours. Examines processes of reading and writing at the elementary school level. Explores instructional practices associated with those processes.

RDNG 622. Content Area Literacy Inst. 3 Hours. Presents essential content area literacy skills and examines ways in which they may be developed in various subject matter areas.

RDNG 624. Foundations of Literacy. 3 Hours. Inquiry into the historical, psychological, and linguistic foundations underpinning literacy instruction. Students will also consider the interdisciplinary nature of the study of literacy.

RDNG 627. Developing Reading Interests. 3 Hours. Emphasis on methods and techniques for developing reading habits, interests, and tastes and on motivating individuals to read. Special attention is given to instructional practices which support the pursuit of independent reading.

RDNG 640. Instructing Students-Rdng Dif. 3 Hours. PR: RDNG 621 and (RDNG 624 or RDNG 622). A methods course that emphasizes ways to intervene when students face reading difficulties. Course focuses on methods that can be used by classroom teachers, reading specialists, and other special teachers of reading and language arts.

RDNG 682. Assessment of Reading Ability. 3 Hours. Focuses on methods and issues related to the assessment of reading ability. Students acquire reading specialist level knowledge and implementation skill of format and informal reading assessment and consider related issues of classroom and clinic application.

RDNG 689. Intervention for Struggling Readers. 3 Hours. Designed to give literacy education candidates opportunities to apply the theoretical concepts from previous coursework to practical teaching contexts. The practicum is defined as fieldwork experience that combines whole group class meetings, individual intervention sessions with k-12 student, peer-coaching sessions, and individual supervision sessions. 

RDNG 726. Literacy Leadership. 3 Hours. PR: 18 hours of M.A. requirements. Roles, responsibilities, and practices of reading specialists, administrators, and classroom teachers in organizing literacy programs from early childhood through college