EDG 501 Educational Research*
This course teaches students how to read research literature, develop sound research questions and examine instructional problems through research. The course includes introductory descriptive and inferential statistics.
EDG 521 Education and Social Policy*
This course examines national goals for education and directs students toward Examining their personal effectiveness in meeting educational goals. There is an opportunity for students to examine an area of policy development and determine means for effecting change in education.
EDG 522 Creating a Community of Readers
Relying heavily on the Pennsylvania Literacy Framework (2000), this course utilizes dialogue, investigation, discussion and reflection to explore in depth the critical experiences being used to shape literacy instruction.
EDG 530 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Phonics
Presenting integrated, literature-based strategies for investigating phonics this course exposes candidates to published programs currently available to support phonics instruction as well as demonstrates how explicit skill instruction can be integrated with quality literature.
EDG 541 Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading
This course enables candidates to further their understanding of the dynamic relationships among affect, curriculum and instructional contexts by examining closely the range of instructional strategies for teaching reading available to the reflective practitioner.
EDG 542 Learners at Risk
Candidates explore a wide variety of assessment protocols used to assess growth in reading and language arts by critiquing both formal and informal approaches in assessment as well as completing structured observations of learners in their classrooms.
EDG 549 Teaching of Writing
This course examines the current explosion of interest in the teaching of writing in elementary and secondary classrooms, including theories about how writers write And how to teach writing. Students develop ways to integrate the theories related to the writing processes into their practice of teaching, examine models of writing across the curriculum, and learn innovative ways to use writing in response to literature.
EDG 590 Communication Arts in Secondary Content
This course insures candidates are prepared to meet the language arts demands of discipline-specific reading and writing, as well as to develop a deeper understanding of literacy by presenting a combination of theory and teaching methods suited for the secondary content classroom.
EDG 593 Growth through Community
This course is designed to provide reading specialist certification interns an authentic means through which they can review and build upon previous coursework in literacy instruction, assessment and leadership through signature assignments completed in classroom settings.
EDG 595 Leadership for Literacy Learning
This course covers those aspects of leadership fundamental to literacy learning: impact of the standards movement, organization of reading programs, parent issues and concerns, reflective practice, staff development protocols, and the change processes.
EDG 598 Foundations of Literacy Education*
Intended to serve as a conceptual mapping, this course presents literacy education and assessment through social, historical, theoretical and developmental lenses. Emphases include key theorists and research that have influenced how literacy instruction and assessment are being used in today’s classrooms.
EDG 615 Internship in Literacy
This course is a field-based course during which candidates engage in reflective practice of the teaching and assessment routines established within their classrooms. Emphases of reflective practice is informed by course content presented during the program’s entry- and mid-level coursework.
*Core courses also required for the Master of Education degree