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Teachers College, Columbia University
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In the Department of Health and Behavior Studies

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

HBSK 4072 Theory and Techniques of Assessment and Intervention in Reading

Provides an overview of theories and research pertaining to reading acquisition and assessment and intervention techniques for reading across the lifespan.  Content is organized according to four major themes: the psychology of reading development, language structures, assessment, and intervention.  Materials fee: $25.

HBSK 4074 Development of Reading Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills

Reading and study skills: Practical procedures based on research findings appropriate for teachers, counselors, and others. Discussion focuses on students in the middle elementary grades through young adulthood.

HBSK 4077 Adult Literacy and Developmental/ Remedial Education

This course provides an examination of the learning of reading and writing by adults who have not achieved full literacy. Populations discussed include adults with learning disabilities, adult basic education students, community college, continuing education, and developmental education students, immigrants and others who have limited English language proficiency, students in correctional settings, and participants in adult literacy programs outside of the U.S. Materials fee:  $30.

HBSK 4085 Behavioral management in the classroom
Behavioral analysis and management techniques applied to the classroom. Observation and recording of behaviors, behavior change, reinforcement schedules, shaping token economies, contingency management, and evaluation of behavior modification. Focuses on applications but includes familiarization with research.

HBSK 5098 Diagnosis of Reading and Writing Disabilities

Prerequisites:  HBSK 4072. Presents theory and research pertaining to reading and writing disabilities.  Students obtain experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting a battery of measures and learn to formulate a diagnosis based on standardized, norm-referenced tests. The course takes a lifespan perspective in its examination of reading and writing disabilities.  Materials fee:  $50.

HBSK 5099 Writing interventions theory and practice

This is a literacy course that applies research on cognitive, linguistic, affective, social, and cultural processes underlying writing performance to the development of writing interventions.  Writing is discussed within a larger context of reading comprehension and subject-matter knowledge.  Students learn to evaluate and design content-area writing interventions for both typically-developing and special-needs populations of differing ages and in various educational settings. Materials fee:  $30.

HBSK 5373 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention I

Prerequisite or corequisite:  HBSK 4072, grade of B or better.  This course is the first of three practica that prepare students to assess, analyze, and remediate literacy difficulties using research and theory.  In class sessions, students learn to understand assessment and instruction across a broad spectrum of skill areas reflecting the most common areas of difficulty for struggling readers and writers.   Students apply those skills in their work in the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS) with an individual who has literacy difficulties. Materials fee:  $100.

HBSK 5376 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention II

Prerequisites:  HBSK 4072, HBSK 5373 with grade of B+ or better. This course is the second of three practica that prepare students to assess and remediate literacy difficulties. HBSK 5376 utilizes a more advanced learning model in which a student works to assess and tutor a client at the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS). In class sessions, students continue to learn techniques, skills, and materials for assessment and intervention for use with those who struggle with reading and writing.  Students are expected to apply class content in clinical sessions with an individual with literacy difficulties. Attendance at supervision sessions is also mandatory. Materials fee:  $100.

HBSK 5377 Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention III

Prerequisites:  HBSK 4072, HBSK 5376 with grade of B+ or better.  This course is the third of three practica that prepare students to assess and remediate literacy difficulties. HBSK 5377 utilizes an independent learning model in which the student works to assess and tutor a small group of individuals in a school setting.  The focus in this practicum is on differentiating instruction for students who are reading and writing below grade-level expectations.  Students work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other school personnel while continuing to adhere to professional and ethical guidelines and standards in their assessment, teaching and preparation of documentation and reports. Materials fee:  $100.

HBSK 5580 Seminar in consultation and evaluation in reading

The purpose of this seminar is to consider the implications of recent research in literacy assessment and intervention for the consultation, evaluation and professional development roles of Reading and Learning Specialists and Coaches.  Materials Fee:  $50.