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READ 5010   (0-0-0)   Master Reading Teacher Seminar
This required course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Master Reading Teacher (MRT) examination. The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manuals distributed by the National Evaluation Systems, Inc. Information will also be gleaned from the Master Reading Teacher state publications and other appropriate sources. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the DBU MRT practice test in order to pass the course and be authorized by the College of Education to take the MRT examination.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: READ 6301, READ 6330, READ 6335. The candidate may be approved to take the seminar while taking the last course of the certificate program.


READ 5011   (0-0-0)   Reading Specialist Seminar
This required course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manuals distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Information will also be gleaned from the Reading Specialists state publication appropriate sources. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the DBU TExES practice test in order to pass the course and be authorized by the College of Education to take the TExES examination.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: READ 5331 or ESLS 5306; READ 5332 or READ 5334; READ 6301, READ 6330, READ 6335; and one course from the following: READ 5333 (S-L), ECHE 6373, ENGL 5302, READ 5301. The candidate may be approved to take the seminar while completing the last semester of coursework.


READ 5301   (3-3-0)   Analysis and Instruction in Teaching Composition
The course focuses on learning to evaluate student compositions using state criteria and using the assessments to structure effective instruction.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 5321   (3-3-0)   Linguistics for Reading and ESL
This course explores the linguistic basis for teaching reading and ESL (English as a second language). Students will consider the implications of the basic concepts from phonology, orthography, morphology, and syntax for teaching reading and for teaching English language learners. Spring.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 5331   (3-3-0)   Reading in the Content Area
The major goal of the course is identifying and gaining an understanding about strategies and skills required to read successfully in various content areas.  Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 5332   (3-3-0)   Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)
An intensive study of specific techniques for diagnosing problem areas in reading and of remediation techniques for supplementing classroom activities. As students learn new techniques, they will practice using those techniques in tutoring sessions with public school students who are struggling with reading.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.


READ 5333   (3-3-0)   Reading: Clinical Experiences in Correcting Reading Difficulties (S-L)
Directed experience in diagnosing and correcting reading problems of the individual child through field experience.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.


READ 5334   (3-3-0)   Studies in the Diagnosis and Clinical Correction of Reading Issues
An intensive study of the scientific-based diagnostic and prescriptive techniques, utilizing best practices to identify specific strategies for enhancing the acquisition of reading skills. Directed field experience in diagnosing and correcting targeted reading issues will be required.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: READ 6331 and READ 6332, Pathways to Teaching and MAT only.


READ 5337   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Reading III (Literature & Visual Representation)
This course will survey children’s and young people’s literature as well as visual representations of reading material in various media. The teacher candidate will be required to read and create a database of literature for his/her level of certification.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 5338   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Language Arts
In this course the teacher candidate will learn strategies for teaching the grammatical and structural elements of Language Arts as well as the writing elements. In addition, the teacher candidate will learn how to assess writing assignments in alignment with state standards and state assessments.   Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 6301   (3-3-0)   Specialized Reading Assessment and Instruction
This course has a field-based component and is designed to upgrade teacher's skills in using formal and informal reading assessment to plan and deliver instruction to meet individual student needs including second language learners and those with reading disabilities.  Fall, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: READ 6330 or recent experience in the teaching of reading.


READ 6330   (3-3-0)   Foundations of Reading
This course addresses the major components of reading programs from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 by investigating oral language, phonology, and phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, work analysis, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and written language. The purpose of the course is to furnish educators with up-to date, research-based knowledge and strategies commensurate with state requirements for students and teachers.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


READ 6331   (3-3-0)   Studies in Reading and Literature
This course is a survey of the development and corrective instructional strategies utilized in reading programs K-12. Children's literature and related strategies for motivating reading are examined and demonstrated. The course builds an awareness of suitable materials for teaching and motivating students to read. Observation in a local school is required. Pathways to Teaching and M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction students only.   Summer.
Prerequisite: Director's Approval.


READ 6332   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Reading and Language Arts
Special attention is given to developing and refining the skills needed to provide reading instruction. The course focuses on teacher success in explaining and demonstrating critical elements of teaching reading. The relationship of listening, speaking and writing to reading is studied. A developmental approach is emphasized. Observation in a school ethnically different from the student is required. Pathways to Teaching students only.  Summer.
Prerequisite: Director's Approval


READ 6334   (3-3-0)   Reading in Secondary Education
A variety of methods and materials for teaching reading at the secondary education level are examined. Reading across content areas is discussed and examined. Successful methods of assisting students with special needs are studied. Observation in a local school is required.  Summer.
Prerequisite: None


READ 6335   (3-3-0)   Curriculum and Instruction in Reading
An examination of the state's reading and language arts curriculum K-12, and the study of practice of research validated methods of delivering professional development in ways that assist teachers to accomplish instructional changes smoothly and effectively.  Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: READ 6330 or recent experience in the teaching of reading.


READ 6336   (3-3-0)   Current Trends in Teaching Reading
An investigation of current trends in teaching reading. Problems, issues, practices, content, and strategies will be emphasized.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None


READ 6373   (3-3-0)   The Beginnings of Reading and Writing Discovery
A comprehensive examination of the current trend toward encouraging emerging literacy as an outgrowth of language development in young children.  Periodically.
Prerequisite: None


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