EDAM-5001. Early Literacy: Guiding Principles and Language Development
This course is the prerequisite for all other courses in the Early Childhood Literacy program. It outlines the philosophical base for the program as well as key understandings central to young children’s early literacy development. Course topics will include guiding principles for developing children’s early literacy skills, language development stages, theories of language acquisition, linguistic diversity, language assessment, communicative disorders, and school-home connection.
EDAM-5002. Word Study
This course examines the instructional building blocks of successful reading skills. Educators will explore developmentally appropriate instructional and assessment methods for teaching children how to recognize word patterns so they can become accurate readers.
EDAM-5003. Fluency and Vocabulary Development
This course presents effective, developmentally appropriate methods for building students’ oral reading fluency and vocabulary skills to improve overall comprehension.
EDAM-5004. Developing Comprehension, Part I
This course presents an introduction to comprehension instruction as a key component of effective reading instruction. The course focuses on helping students apply their understanding of structure and elements of text and genres to create meaning as they are reading. Educators will integrate developmentally appropriate practices to adapt instruction that meets the diverse needs of learners.
EDAM-5005. Developing Comprehension, Part II
This course explores the development and assessment of students’ coordinated use of comprehension strategies to make sense of text. Educators will learn how to effectively model developmentally appropriate comprehension text strategies for students.
EDAM-5006. Developing Comprehension, Part II (2-3)
The course begins with a review of the core beliefs about teaching and learning, the Guiding Principles, and the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. The learner will review what comprehension is and why it should be studied. This will be followed by modeling of comprehension strategies used individually. The learner will also examine tools to support comprehension instruction strategies. Next, the learner will examine techniques known as interactive read alouds/think alouds and shared reading and see modeling of comprehension strategies used with these techniques. Finally, the course will show how comprehension can be assessed.
EDAM-5009. Developing Independent Readers
This course examines methods for fostering and managing independent reading in a developmentally appropriate way, and explores research-based school/home/community partnerships.
EDAM-5010. Connecting Reading and Writing
This course explores the reciprocal processes of reading and writing as well as the strategies for helping students become strategic writers who are able to write to learn and write to demonstrate learning. Course topics include the writing process, strategies and assessments, genres of writing, writing across the curriculum, and developmentally appropriate instructional procedures.
EDAM-5011. Connecting Reading and Writing (2-3)
In this course, learners will understand how the reciprocal processes of connecting reading and writing accelerate student learning in both areas. This course will provide the research, the continuum of development, and resources for instructional techniques, assessment and record keeping. The learner will apply learned concepts and focus on student achievement.
EDAM-5013. Teacher Leadership
Teacher leaders are agents of change. This course guides educators in facilitating change at their schools by exploring school culture and experiencing the power of reflective practice.
EDAM-5031. Action Research for Educational Change
Action research is applied research educators can do within the school to improve practice, from instruction to learning. Knowledge and skill will be in designing action research, using both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, to inform and improve practice.
EDAM-5032. Using Assessment to Guide Instruction
Using data-driven instruction to guide teaching and learning is critical in the attainment of student learning outcomes. Educators will learn to use assessments to plan, modify, and differentiate instruction, as well as to assess mastery of content and academic standards through the selection of appropriate content and the design of varied assessments to lead to the interpretation and application of data from multiple assessment sources. (cross-listed with ED-520).
EDAM-5033. Developing Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum
The attainment of higher levels of literacy in adolescent learners requires the development of literacy skills across all curricular areas. This course will enable educators to develop and refine secondary students’ skills in reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening through the design of integrative experiences in content area instruction that are both student-centered and performance-based.
EDAM-5034. Applying Advanced Technology to Support Standards-based Instruction
This course introduces students to advanced instructional technologies, currently available to educators, and the ways they can be used to support standards-based instruction. Ubiquitous use of technology will be emphasized to create enriched, motivating and authentic learning experiences for students.
EDAM-5035. Teaching Authentic Content in the 21st Century
This course shows teachers of specific subject areas how to provide an authentic experience or their students by using the previously learned methods to transform their teaching into having students engage in learning and activities as people actually would in the real world.
EDAM-5039. Applying 21st Century Teaching to Educational Practice
This capstone course requires secondary educators to transfer the knowledge and skills attained in this program to practice through authentic teaching and learning experiences. Projects that demonstrate the mastery of program goals and objectives will be planned, implemented, and reflected upon in a cumulative experience that enables educators to demonstrate their mastery of 21st century pedagogy.
EDAM-5040. Foundations of the Art and Science of Teaching
This course introduces learners to the work of Dr. Robert Marzano and his meta-analysis of the research regarding effective teaching practices conducted over the last 35 years in the field of education. Throughout this course learners will review research on effective teaching, develop a framework for designing units, and be introduced to a research based observation and feedback protocol. This course will also lay the foundation for the core courses in this degree program by presenting learners with Dr. Marzano's 10 instructional design questions.
EDAM-5043. Actively Processing New Content
This course focuses on developing a comprehensive approach to introducing new content, which will provide learners with the tools to support student construction of meaning through active interaction with content. Learners in this course will acquire the skills needed to introduce new knowledge through critical input experiences using active processing strategies that will allow students in their classroom to achieve their learning goals.
EDAM-5044. Extending Student Learning
In this course learners will gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide their students with opportunities to generate and test hypotheses by applying new information with relevant content. Learners in this course will engage in activities that apply evidence-based methods in the classroom for long-term retention of knowledge and use of content to move beyond levels of knowing.
EDAM-5046. Creating an Effective Classroom Environment
This course encourages learners to re-examine their current routines and procedures, how they are developed, maintained, and adjusted in order to support a positive classroom climate. Learners will focus on creating the conditions for effective relationships with their students through cooperation, concern, and empathy for students as well as appropriate levels of objectivity, guidance, and control.
EDAM-5047. Developing Relationships and High Expectations for Student Learning
The teacher-student relationship provides foundational support for effective instruction. This course enables learners to examine the often hidden dynamic of personal beliefs and expectations and their impact on student achievement.
EDAM-5049. Content Literacy
The purpose of this course is to introduce research that supports the teaching of literacy across content areas. In addition, the course provides students the opportunity to engage in content literacy strategies, with emphases on comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing.
EDAM-5062. Vocabulary and Comprehension Development
This course focuses on using research-based strategies to develop vocabulary and comprehension. Learners will be introduced to the vocabulary-comprehension connection and how recognizing genre and literary and informational elements of text improves comprehension. During this course, the learner will practice selecting, implementing, and evaluating appropriate strategies for use with text comprehension instruction.
EDAM-5064. Instructional Strategies to Support Independent Readers
In this course, teachers will develop an understanding of instructional practices for supporting their students as independent readers. Learners will practice applying knowledge in the following areas: Guided Reading, Matching Texts with Readers, Independent Reading, and Literature Study. During the culminating activity, learners will synthesize their learning by developing a comprehensive weekly schedule incorporating the key components of a reading block.
EDAM-5067. Reading Specialist Internship
This culminating experience prepares students for the role of reading specialist while working in an instructional setting under the supervision of a licensed reading specialist. Interns will implement reading programs, plan interventions, and apply a range of reading assessments and instructional strategies in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems. Interns will demonstrate the ability to manage the instructional environment and effectively communicate to promote the development of literacy.
EDAM-5069. Diagnostic Assessment & Intervention in Literacy
This course is designed to advance the knowledge of the participants to refine and expand the diagnostic and assessment process in determining reading difficulties and interventions. Research based strategies for the assessment and instruction of diverse learners will be examined.