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M.Ed. Course Descriptions

EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications
Examines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices. Special emphasis is given to recent empirical findings and to practical applications and theory to educational settings.

EDUR 7130 – Educational Research
A comprehensive overview of topics related to research as it is applied to educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon methods of quantitative and qualitative research, especially in regard to applied and basic research in education.

READ 7131 – Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Provides an overview of the basic program of literacy instruction. Includes activities that foster the development of strategic readers, familiarity with current literacy resources, integration of technology into literacy education, and familiarity with approaches to and models of instruction. Considers the stages of an individual’s literacy development, as well as effective teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and organization for instruction.

READ 7132 – Linking Literacy Assessment with Instruction
A study of the diagnosis and remediation of literacy difficulties in P-12 contexts. Provides experiences in the use of diagnostic techniques and remedial procedures involving students with literacy difficulties. This course includes a required field-based component.

READ 7230 – Issues and Trends in Literacy
Designed to investigate the current issues and trends in literacy instruction across levels P-16. Emphasis will be on the critical analysis of research literature that is related to the current practices and trends in the teaching of reading.

READ 7330 – Literacy in the Content Areas
This course addresses the interdisciplinary development of reading skills needed by students in grades P-16.  Instructional strategies and methods are presented and designed to help students transfer literacy skills into content areas.

READ 7431 – Digital Literacies in the 21st Century
This course provides an overview of the intersections between new technology-based literacies and school-based literacies. We will also examine how recent innovations in technology education have affected our definitions of literacy, both in and outside of school, and discuss both the positive and negative effects of digital literacies on educational contexts. Students will be expected to actively participate in this learning community and create technology-based lessons that they can use as professional literacy educators.

READ 7432 – Teaching Literacy with English Language Learners
This course examines the language, reading, and writing instructional needs of English language learners (emergent bilinguals). This includes exploring second language acquisition, the historical contexts surrounding the education of language minority students, and the ways in which mainstream classroom teachers can actively engage English learners in academic literacy activities. The course is grounded in sociocultural theory and builds upon P-16 students’ first language as a resource. Field experience required.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in READ 7131.

READ 7433 – Teaching Writers Through Reading
This course explores the connections between the teaching of reading and writing. It helps candidates understand literacy related research for effective the teaching and assessment writing for P-16 students. Candidates will have opportunities to practice strategies to make themselves more confident readers and writers while learning to become effective teachers of readers and writers.

READ 8734 -Capstone in Literacy Instruction
This course is a capstone experience where candidates demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to serve as classroom, school, or district literacy experts in diverse settings focusing on P-16 students. A total of 60 hours in the field is required. Adaptations may apply.
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in READ 7131, READ 7132, and READ 7330 and Permission of Advisor.

Last updated: 5/25/2021