Students will examine how children acquire reading, writing, listening, and oral language skills, and how this relates to cognition, with a focus on current research and practice in literacy development for elementary-age children. Oral language and reading processes, assessment using a variety of techniques, phonics, and comprehension strategies are addressed and lessons are constructed. Integrated throughout this learning is an exploration of culturally diverse and relevant children's literature. Teaching strategies that address the needs of a diverse population of learners, including at-risk students, English Language Learners, and students with special needs will be studied. A weekly 1.5-hour field placement experience at a nearby elementary school is required. An online option will be available if COVID protocols interfere. This course is structured to support students pursuing elementary education certification, but is open to all students and also highly applicable to students considering teaching abroad or in urban schools. Offered during the spring semester and required for elementary teaching certification, it is strongly recommended that the course be completed before student teaching begins.
Max Enrollment: 12
Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken at least one education course or permission of instructor.
Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition
Typical Periods Offered: Spring
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring