This course focuses on the most current research, theory, and methods of reading instruction. Teacher candidates will implement teaching and learning strategies that use critical thinking, provide meaningful context, and incorporate student knowledge to develop an integrated unit of instruction. Instruction and assessment techniques, including intervention practices, research-based phonics instruction, and strategies for teaching learners with dyslexia, are modeled. In addition, candidates will examine the writing process and ways to promote skill development for exceptional learners.
This graduate course is 8 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States.
- Examine the development timeline for literacy skills.
- Explore how disorders, such as dyslexia, affect a learner’s reading ability.
- Describe the five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
- Examine the components of phonology, morphology, semantics, graphophonics, and syntax.
- Explore evidence-based programs and strategies for reading instruction that addresses specific deficiencies.
- Investigate commonly used literacy benchmark assessment tools.
- Explore informal reading assessments used to identify students’ strengths, weaknesses, and reading levels.
- Analyze effective systems to organize and communicate diagnostic information.
- Use formative and summative assessments to identify learners’ needs and develop support strategies.
- Investigate the use of phonics and decoding strategies.
- Explore word attack strategies readers use to process written language for meaning.
- Analyze the place of phonics in a reading program for exceptional learners.
- Examine methods of evaluating phonics mastery.
- Determine the relationship between language acquisition and literacy development.
- Examine the use of effective oral reading practices to support literacy development across content areas.
- Evaluate communication modes and skills for learning, expressing learning, and self-expression.
- Investigate instructional strategies that support and expand learners’ communication through speaking, listening, reading, writing, and other modes.
- Examine schema theory and how it relates to reading comprehension.
- Identify pre-reading, reading, and post-reading strategies to enhance comprehension for diverse learning needs.
- Examine linguistic and culturally relevant instructional methods to help exceptional learners understand and question ideas from diverse perspectives.
- Analyze how reading difficulties may impact exceptional learners in other content areas.
- Investigate supplemental resources and technologies that ensure accessibility and support students’ comprehension.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.
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Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.
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