University Catalog 2005-2006

Reading Education (EDRD)

Graduate School of Education

300 Literacy and Curriculum Integration for Specialist Teachers (3:3:0) Research-based introduction to K–12 content area reading, writing, and language arts. Emphasizes integration of reading and other language arts across the curriculum. Field experience in public schools required. Note: Course intended as introduction to educational issues, and not applicable in MasonÕs graduate-level teacher education programs.

301 Facilitating Literacy in School or Community Settings (3:3:0) Corequisite: 45 clock hours of school-based field experience during course. Provides background knowledge, teaching strategies, and support for students who wish to work with developing readers and writers in school or community settings. Emphasizes implementation strategies that foster and enrich literacy development; incorporation of trade books and technology resources into individual and small group work; and reflection on work as a literacy facilitator. Field experience in public schools required.

500 In-Service Educational Development (1-6:0:0) See EDUC 500.

501 Literacy and Curriculum Integration, PK-12 (3:3:0) Introduces PK--12 content area reading, writing, and language arts. Emphasizes integration of reading and other language arts across the curriculum; instructional planning; needs of diverse learners. Field experience in public schools required.

558 Literacy in the Content Areas, PK-12 (3:3:0)Focuses on research-based introduction to PK--12 content area reading, writing, and language arts that meet state and national guidelines. Enables teachers to understand literacy needs of their students in content areas, and provide appropriate instruction.

597 Special Topics in Education (1-6:1-6:0) See EDUC 597.

614 Teaching Reading in the Secondary School (3:3:0) Emphasizes reading and writing in content areas; reading and writing causes, classroom diagnosis, and remediation of reading problems; study skills; and rates of reading.

615 Reading/Writing for Multilingual Students (3:3:0) Prerequisite: EDCI 516 and 519, or permission of instructor or advisor. Develops instructional competencies in reading and writing approaches for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Examines teaching reading and writing across the curriculum, biliteracy acquisition, historical and current approaches for second language learners, preliteracy skills for younger and older English language learners, and special issues in developmental and diagnostic reading for language minority students.

619 Literacy in Content Areas (3:3:0) Prerequisites: Methods I (EDCI 567, 569, 572, or 573) and Methods II (EDCI 667, 669, 672, or 673) Corequisite: EDCI 790 Internship. Offers understanding of language and literacy process as it applies to teaching in secondary schools. Emphasizes reading and writing in the content areas, and instructional strategies to support studentsÕ literacy development. Focuses on ways reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in learning discipline-specific curriculum, including adaptations for culturally diverse and exceptional learners.

620 Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages (3:3:0) Prerequisite: EDCI 516 and 519, or permission of instructor or advisor. Introduction to the reading and writing processes in foreign and second languages, research on reading comprehension, and effective teaching and assessment approaches for students in PK–12 schools. Topics include reading goals and standards for foreign language learning, sociocultural perspectives, multimedia computer-assistance, research on related strategies and skills, and performance-based assessments.

630 Advanced Literacy Foundations and Instruction, Birth to Middle Childhood (3:3:0) Prerequisite: admission to the literacy emphasis, or permission of program coordinator. Advanced study of literacy theory, research, and practice as it relates to younger learners. Addresses sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, psychological, and developmental influences on childrenÕs literacy. Includes reading, writing, and oral communication.

631 Advanced Literacy Foundations and Instruction, Adolescence through Adulthood (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630 and admission to the literacy emphasis, or permission of program coordinator. Advanced study of literacy theory, research, and practice as it relates to adolescents and adults. Addresses sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, psychological, and developmental influences on literacy. Includes reading, writing, and oral -communication.

632 Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Groups (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630 and 631; admission to literacy emphasis, or permission of the program coordinator. Provides literacy assessments and interventions for groups of learners. Includes exploration of assessment tools for both classrooms and large populations. Class members conduct related practica in their own classrooms or in specified field settings.

633 Literacy Assessments and Interventions for Individuals (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630, 631, and 632; admission to the literacy emphasis; or permission of the program coordinator. Provides literacy assessments and interventions for individuals. Includes diagnosis and remediation for learners who find reading and writing difficult. Requires assigned practicum experience.

634 School-Based Leadership in Literacy (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630, 631, 632, and 633; admission to literacy emphasis or permission of program coordinator. Prepares reading specialist as a school leader. Expands knowledge of literacy gained in prerequisite courses, and applies it to professional development work with teachers at their own site.

635 School-Based Inquiry in Literacy (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634; admission to literacy emphasis or permission of program coordinator. Capstone course in literacy emphasis focusing on research-based inquiry related to literacy in school settings. Includes review of literature and teacher inquiry project.

636 Supervised Literacy Practicum II (1:1:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630, 631; corequisite: EDRD 632. Supervised literacy practicum that requires students to engage in 30 practicum hours and five seminar hours.

637 Supervised Literacy Practicum II (2:2:0) Prerequisites: EDRD 630, 631, 632, 636; Corequisite: EDRD 633. Supervised literacy practicum requiring students to engage in 45 practicum hours and five seminar hours.

797 Advanced Topics in Education (1-6:1-6:0) See EDUC 797.

829 Advanced Foundations of Literacy Education (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDUC 800, EDRS 810, or permission of instructor. Examines foundational theory, research, and methodology related to literacy. Includes historical and theoretical foundations, research methodologies, and issues such as literacy acquisition, beginning reading, comprehension, struggling readers, and language diversity.

830 Foundations of Literacy: Birth through Later Childhood (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDUC 800 and EDRS 810. Explores theory, research, and practice related to emergent literacy and literacy development during childhood. Topics include literacy acquisition and development; historical trends in theories of literacy development; psychological and linguistic, sociocultural, and instructional influences on literacy development; vocabulary development; role of narrative and scripts on linguistic development; authentic tasks and assessment and early literacy; and development in academically diverse children.

831 Foundations of Literacy: Adolescence through Adulthood (3:3:0) Prerequisites: EDUC 800 and EDRS 810. Explores theory, research, and practice related to adolescent and adult literacy. Topics include influences on adolescentsÕ and adultsÕ literacy practice and development, current and historical understanding of literacy, connections between literacy and learning in the content areas, and needs of diverse learners. Students review common core research literature and topics of individual interest.

832 Seminar in Emerging Trends and Issues in Literacy (3:3:0) Prerequisites/corequisites: EDUC 800, EDRS 810, or permission of instructor. Explores emerging trends and issues related to literacy research methods, processes, practices, and policies. Students analyze literacy research and develop a research proposal on a topic of personal interest.