Literacy Education Programs offer three strands of graduate work leading to K-12 Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Endorsement, Reading Teacher Endorsement for Elementary Grades, or Reading Teacher Endorsement for Secondary Grades, all designed to meet the urgent need for informed and trained instructional leaders in literacy education. The specific objectives of the programs are to increase candidates’ knowledge of the nature and scope of literacy processes; to advance professional growth in the teaching of literacy; to provide specialized training in assessment and intervention for students who struggle with reading and writing; to prepare candidates for leadership in literacy instructional planning, curriculum development, and professional support. Please visit the Literacy Education website at Literacy, Leadership and Development.

April Nauman, Ph.D., Professor, Program Coordinator
Louise Bohr, Ph.D., Professor
Christina Madda, Ph.D., Associate Professor
JoAnne Vazzano, Ph.D., Associate Professor

LTCY-301. Teaching Literacy In Junior & Senior High Schools. 3 Hours.

Explores theory, methodology and problems involved in teaching reading at the junior and senior high school levels. Emphasis is on developing a working definition of reading and comprehension, diagnosing and understanding individual needs of normally achieving and reading handicapped students. Assessment of reading, understanding the relationship between reading and learning in content areas and practical strategies for improving comprehension of school materials are considered. Prerequisite: Junior in standing.

LTCY-311. Fundamentals Of Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the teaching of reading; its nature, objectives, programs, materials and organizational strategies. Development and evaluation of reading skills and interrests, provision for reading growth among all learners and improving reading in content areas are also discussed.

LTCY-402. Issues In Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

Discussion of selected issues in reading related to instructional methods, classroom assessment techniques, types of reading programs, and innovations and trends of reading instruction. Also included are the topics of readability, content area reading, utilization of research in reading, and alternatives for meeting the reading needs of the exceptional learner.
Prerequisite: LTCY-311 minimum grade of D or READ-311 minimum grade of D.

LTCY-501. Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades. 3 Hours.

This course addresses the components that comprise a balanced, comprehensive approach to the development of literacy. Reading acquisition and early literacy as well as the continued development of literacy learning in a diverse society through the elementary grades are included. Candidates explore advanced methods and use of materials, including traditional print and digital media.

LTCY-502. Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades. 3 Hours.

This course addresses the components of advanced literacy development with an emphasis on instructional approaches to foster literacy development in middle and high school levels in a diverse society, with a focus on literacy in the content areas and the specialized vocabulary needs of content area study. Advanced methods and the use of materials from traditional print as well as digital media are included.

LTCY-503. Theoretical Foundations Of Literacy Education. 3 Hours.

Candidates explore the historically shared knowledge of the literacy education profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components. Candidates develop an understanding of major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
Prerequisites: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C and LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or LTCY-513 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C and READ-417 minimum grade of C or READ-440 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-504. Literature For Instruction In A Diverse Society. 3 Hours.

In this course, candidates explore appropriate instructional approaches to use authentic literature as the foundation for literacy instruction. The use of multicultural literature both in traditional print and in digital media to meet the needs of diverse student populations is emphasized.
Prerequisites: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C and LTCY-502 minimum grade of C and LTCY-513 minimum grade of C or LTCY-402 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C and READ-417 minimum grade of C and READ-440 minimum grade of C or READ-402 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-505. Writing Instruction In Elementary Grades. 3 Hours.

Candidates explore effective instructional approaches to integrate reading and writing instruction effectively in kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms comprised of diverse student populations.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C or LTCY-402 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C or READ-402 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-506. Writing Instruction In Middle & High School. 3 Hours.

Candidates explore instructional approaches to integrate reading and writing instruction effectively in middle- and secondary-level classrooms comprised of diverse student populations. Diverse structures and genres of writing in the content areas are emphasized.
Prerequisite: LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or LTCY-513 minimum grade of C or (READ-417 minimum grade of C or READ-440 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-507. Literacy Assessment And Instructional Planning. 3 Hours.

Candidates analyze and evaluate instruments and procedures used in assessing literacy development. Candidates will select and administer multiple assessment instruments for specific purposes, analyze and interpret the results for use in planning effective, comprehensive, balanced instruction for diverse groups of students. The use of assessment results to diagnose the needs of students in reading and writing and planning for interventional instruction will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: (LTCY-501 minimum grade of C or LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or LTCY-513 minimum grade of C) and (LTCY-505 minimum grade of C or LTCY-506 minimum grade of C) and LTCY-504 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-508. Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Elementary Level. 3 Hours.

Candidates participate in a supervised clinical experience in assessing the literacy needs of students in grades K-5 who are struggling in reading and writing. Candidates gain expertise in the development and implementation of plans for intervention as well as progress monitoring. Candidates work with individual students as well as collaboratively with small groups of students. Candidates also engage in collegial coaching and a reflective professional seminar.
Prerequisite: LTCY-507 minimum grade of C or READ-407 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-509. Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Middle Level. 3 Hours.

Candidates participate in a supervised clinical experience in assessing the literacy needs of students in grades 6-8 who are struggling in reading and writing. Candidates gain expertise in the development and implementation of plans for intervention as well as progress monitoring. Candidates work with individual students as well as collaboratively with small groups of students. Candidates also engage in collegial coaching and a reflective professional seminar.
Prerequisite: LTCY-507 minimum grade of C or READ-407 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-510. Practicum In Literacy Assessment & Intervention: Secondary Level. 3 Hours.

Candidates participate in a supervised clinical experience in assessing the literacy needs of students in grades 6-12 who are struggling in reading and writing. Candidates gain expertise in the development and implementation of plans for intervention as well as progress monitoring. Candidates work with individual students as well as collaboratively with small groups of students. Candidates also engage in collegial coaching and a reflective professional seminar.
Prerequisite: LTCY-507 minimum grade of C or READ-407 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-511. Research Seminar In Literacy Education. 3 Hours.

Candidates conduct multi-phase analyses of assessment data to examine the effectiveness of specific, evidence-based intervention practices designed to meet the literacy needs of diverse student populations through the students' responses to instruction.
Prerequisites: LTCY-503 minimum grade of C and LTCY-507 minimum grade of C or (READ-401 minimum grade of C and READ-407 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-512. Leadership In Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.


Prerequisite: LTCY-507 minimum grade of C or READ-407 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-513. Literacy Instruction For Middle Level. 3 Hours.

Candidates will gain an understanding of the philosophy, structure, content areas, administrative structure and students in middle school settings with a focus on the issues, research and comprehensive instructional approaches and materials from both print and nontraditional media used in effective literacy instruction with diverse students in middle grades.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C or LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C or READ-417 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-514. Literacy Instruction For Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners. 3 Hours.

Candidates explore appropriate and varied instructional approaches as well as a wide range of texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources for English Language Learners, with emphasis on the value of diversity in society and relevance to learning to read and write, especially as related to cultural and linguistic aspects of oral language development as related to literacy. Appropriate classroom assessments will be used to plan and evaluate instruction.
Prerequisites: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C and LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or LTCY-513 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C and READ-417 minimum grade of C or READ-440 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-515. Integrating Technology With Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

Candidates will analyze the utilization of digital media in classrooms as integrated into literacy instruction. Topics include software selection and evaluation as well as the uses of digital media in teaching components of literacy and assessment.
Prerequisites: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C and LTCY-502 minimum grade of C or LTCY-513 minimum grade of C or (READ-416 minimum grade of C and READ-417 minimum grade of C or READ-440 minimum grade of C).

LTCY-516. Advanced Practicum In Literacy Education. 3 Hours.

Provides in a clinical and/or on-site setting, opportunities to explore innovative diagnostic and instructional practices. In-depth study of particular reading problems as well as overall reading program development is encouraged.

LTCY-517. Language Development And Early Literacy. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the relationships between children's language development and early literacy development. Teachers will develop an understanding of the developmental nature of language and literacy within the context of a diverse population. Emphasis will be on the instructional implications for teachers working with children from infancy through Grade 3 in the development of language and literacy as well as the influence of language development and the application of literacy learning in content areas. Graduate students in the MAT in ECED program or the Focus program who are pursuing a Professional Educator License (PEL) to teach children age 0-8 years are encouraged to take the initial courses in the MAT in ECED program, which are ECED-402 Fndtns of Early Childhood Educ, ECED-408 Lang Acquisition in EC, and ECED-410, Cur Dev in EC, before they take LTCY-517.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of C.

LTCY-521. Independent Study In Literacy Education. 1 Hour.

Candidates who have interests in specific literacy topics may be invited by faculty members to conduct independent studies. They must collaborate with faculty members to develop proposals for departmental approval. Credit will be awarded commensurate with the scope of the proposed study and commitment required of faculty.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of B or LTCY-502 minimum grade of B or LTCY-513 minimum grade of B.

LTCY-522. Independent Study In Literacy Education. 2 Hours.

Candidates who have interests in specific literacy topics may be invited by faculty members to conduct independent studies. They must collaborate with faculty members to develop proposals for departmental approval. Credit will be awarded commensurate with the scope of the proposed study and commitment required of faculty.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of B or LTCY-502 minimum grade of B or LTCY-513 minimum grade of B.

LTCY-523. Independent Study In Literacy Education. 3 Hours.

Candidates who have interests in specific literacy topics may be invited by faculty members to conduct independent studies. They must collaborate with faculty members to develop proposals for departmental approval. Credit will be awarded commensurate with the scope of the proposed study and commitment required of faculty.
Prerequisite: LTCY-501 minimum grade of B or LTCY-502 minimum grade of B or LTCY-513 minimum grade of B.