Department of Teaching and Learning
Reading, Language Arts, And Children's Literature Program Area
Reading / Language Arts / Children’s Literature Course Descriptions
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible
and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
~Charles W. Eliot~
Language Arts and Literature:
Birth through Grade 8 (LAE 4353) 3 credits
Methods and materials for teaching language arts skills and children’s literature
from birth through middle school.
- Reading Development 1: Birth through Grade 3 (RED 4308) 3 credits
Prerequisites: EDF 3610, LAE 4353, TSL 4080 This course focuses on emergent
and beginning literacy development in children, birth through grade 3. Topics covered
include: philosophy; factors affecting literacy success such as child characteristics,
family, environment, cultural/ethnic diversity; literacy skills and concepts; assessments;
evaluation; approaches, methods and materials using research-based, developmentally
appropriate curriculum and practices. Field experience in a classroom setting is
- Reading: Elementary School 1 (RED 4510) 3 credits
Prerequisite: LAE 4353 or equivalent, EDF 3610, TSL 4080, admission to College of
Education, or permission of instructor. Materials and approaches appropriate to
reading instruction in the elementary school. Emphasis will be on reading readiness,
perceptual development, work attack skills, vocabulary and comprehension. For State
ESE students only.
- Reading Diagnosis and Remediation: PreK through Grade 8 (RED 4552) 3 credits
Prerequisites: EEX 4250, (TSL 4080 and LAE 4353, and RED 4308 and RED 4750).
Prerequisites or corequisite: RED 4750. Prerequite or corequisite: EEX 4250.
This course focuses on the recognition and diagnosis of reading difficulties
using a variety of assessment tools and on prescribing and implementing a variety
of appropriate methods and materials to improve reading performance. Field experience
in a classroom setting is required.
- Reading Development 2: Grades 3 through 8 (RED 4750) 3 credits
Prerequisites: EDF 3610, TSL 4080, LAE 4353, RED 4308 This course concentrates on
strategies and materials appropriate for literacy instruction in grades 3 through
8. Emphasis is placed upon reading and integrating writing into teaching, narrative
and nonfiction genres. Utilizing reading to learn is the primary focus.
- Middle and Secondary School (LAE 4360) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor Techniques of instruction
- Middle and Secondary Schools (RED 4335) 3 credits
This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and integration of reading,
writing, and study skills into middle and secondary school content areas.
- Special Topics (EDG 6937) credit varies
A variety of special topics courses in reading, language arts, and children’s literature
is offered. Please check the schedule each semester to identify special topics.
Topics include, but are not limited to: Picture Books and Content Learning, Social
Justice through Literacy, Teaching Literacy in Urban Settings, Teaching Literacy
through the Arts, Critical Literacy and Multimedia, The Politics of Reading, Improving
Reading through Writing, Reading Coaches: Challenges and Possibilities, Critical
Perspectives on Teaching Writing, Community Literacy Programs, and Adult Literacy
- Language Arts: Elementary School (LAE 6352) 3 credits
Modern viewpoints and approaches in teaching language arts; the relation of the
contemporary language description and research to the teaching of language arts
in the elementary school. It also offers an in-depth study of selected topics.
- Literature: Elementary School (LAE 6415) 3 credits
Methods and materials for the creative teaching of children’s literature in the
- Beginning Reading K-3 (RED 6303) 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 4552, with permission of instructor and/or advisor, and teaching
experience. Designed for the classroom teacher and focuses on an overview of current
beginning reading philosophy, curriculum, programs, and materials. Some emphasis
is placed on diagnostic and remedial techniques suitable for the K-3 classroom.
- Developmental Reading (RED 6351) 3 credits
Prerequisite: LAE 4353. Course
provides an advanced study of theory and practice related to developmental reading
instruction. Emphasis is on theoretical considerations of basic reading skills using
an interdisciplinary approach.
- Picture Books for Content Learning (RED 6356) 3 credits
- This course emphasizes the identification and integration of picture books and the use of
read-alouds for the development of reading and literacy skills in content areas.
- Teaching Reading in Secondary and Middle School (RED 6361) 3 credits
Emphasis is placed on the reading efficiency and study habits of high school and
middle school students. Integrating reading and writing into content fields and
reviewing reading materials will also be emphasized.
- Corrective Reading (RED 6515) 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 4552 or RED 6518 and graduate reading survey course, or with
permission of instructor. Designed for the classroom teacher, this course provides
in depth evaluation of techniques, materials, and approaches to reading instruction
for the corrective reader.
- Reading Diagnosis and Practicum for Classroom Teachers (RED 6518) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate survey of reading course or their equivalents
and permission of instructor or advisor. Designed for the classroom teacher, this
course emphasizes classroom diagnostic procedures and planning for instruction through
written diagnostic reading reports.
- Reading Diagnosis (RED 6546) 3 credits
Prerequisites: RED 6351, EDF 6432, and three years teaching experience. A formal as well as informal diagnosis of reading problems in a clinical
setting. An introduction to and writing of case reports is included.
Remedial Reading (RED 6548) 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6546. Detailed analyses of case studies
in reading with primary emphases on theoretical and etiological factors of reading
disability. Classical remedial approaches are included.
- Trends and Issues in Reading Education (RED 6656) 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6351 or permission of instructor. Modern approaches to reading
instruction; includes a critical review of issues and innovations.
- Reading Practicum (RED 6836) 3 credits
Prerequisite: RED 6548 Supervised tutorial experience in working with children exhibiting
special reading problems.
- Supervision of Reading Programs (RED 7247) 3 credits
Prerequisite: 9 credits of 6000-level reading courses A survey of issues in reading
education that directly impact supervisory personnel at school, district, or state
levels. It includes strategies for managing and evaluating school-wide reading programs.
Field based experiences are required.
- Advanced Reading Diagnosis (RED 7595) 3 credits
- Research in Reading (RED 7747) 3 credits
Prerequisites: 9 credits of 6000-level RED, RED 7933, and EDF 6481 An advanced,
in-depth review of research methodology and application of research design for reading
education. Formulation of an actual reading research design for doctoral study is
- Topics in Reading Education (RED 7933) 3 credits
An analysis of specific topics in the area of reading which the instructor will
choose. Emphasis will be on the review of literature and active programs related
to the topic(s).
- Seminar in Reading Education (RED 7948) 3 credits
An analysis of doctoral research proposals in reading education. Emphasis is on
critiquing individual student presentations, projects, and investigation.