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Curriculum & Teaching

Literacy Specialist

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Course Listing

Program Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the department for specific course availability for each semester:

Course List

C&T 4137 Literacy and learning in the content areas

Introduction to theory, research, and practice on the role of literacy in learning mathematics, social studies, science, and the arts. Examination of talk, texts, and reading/writing practices used in content area teaching.

C&T 4138 Teaching literacy in the early years

Examination of theory, research, and practice of literacy learning and teaching in the early years, including children who are English language learners and children experiencing difficulty with school literacy. Emphasis on alternative models of designing literacy curricula, selection and use of materials (including technologies), and methods of assessing and teaching decoding, spelling, fluency, text use, and comprehension.

C&T 4139 Constructing critical readers

Prerequisite: C&T 4138. Examination of theory and practice on teaching reading in intermediate grade classrooms. Consideration of curriculum design, assessment practices, teaching methods and children's literature. Emphasis on curricular structures and strategies for teaching comprehension and critical analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts.

C&T 4140 Literature for younger children

Critical study of literary trends and materials for children in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and early grades. Consideration of developmental issues and reader response theory relating to young children.

C&T 4141 Literature for older children

The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.

C&T 4151 Teaching of writing

The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, curriculum development, methods of teaching writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.

C&T 4200 Fieldwork in curriculum and teaching

Permission required. Majors work under guidance. Students should have had previous coursework with their supervising staff member and should select a problem relating to this work.

C&T 4502 Master's project

Permission required. Required for M.A. students in the Curriculum and Teaching Program. Students work to develop proposals to initiate required Master's action research project.

C&T 4842 Institute: Content area literacies

Introduces K-12 teachers to a toolkit of theories and practices to aid them in rethinking and redesigning literacy practices used in teaching mathematics, science, social studies, and other content areas.

C&T 4858 Institute: Teaching of reading

Designed to help teachers of grades K-8 develop a theoretical framework for the teaching of reading and a repertoire of strategies of enhancing students' independence and skills as readers.

C&T 5037 Literacy, Culture and the Teaching of Reading

This 2-3 variable point course is a collaborative investigation into literacy as a social, cultural, and political practice. It provides opportunities for participants to unpack and re-imagine literacy learning and teaching for all students, but especially for those labeled “at risk” due to race/ethnicity, social class, nationality/language, gender, dis/ability, and sexuality. Rooted in the assumption that power circulates in culture, literacy, and education, this course looks closely at the role of power in reading texts, whether print-based, multimodal, digital, filmic, or embodied.

C&T 5800 Institute: Teaching of writing

The focus of the institute will be on the teaching of writing with the participants also working on their own writing. There will be a combination of large group presentations, small interactive sessions, and writing workshops. Separate sections will be offered for advanced participants. A partial list of topics to be covered includes: the central role of planning and curriculum development in the teaching of writing, methods for holding our students accountable for doing their best work, classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration, and using literature to help students craft their writing. The Institute is appropriate for elementary and secondary teachers.

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