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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.  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: 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. The candidate may be approved to take the seminar while completing the last semester of coursework.

READ 5312   (3-3-0)   Reading Specialist Practicum (S-L)

This practicum is designed to provide field experiences as a Reading Specialist in K-12 school settings. The intern is assigned to an appropriate site supervisor in an approved elementary or secondary school. The field experience is under the supervision of a university professor and requires monthly seminar meetings at the university. The intern is given experience in developing and applying proficiencies in the Reading Specialist domains of instruction and assessment of the components of literacy with appropriate resources and procedures, meeting the needs of individual students, and professional knowledge and leadership in this field. Specific activities and assignments ensure that the intern obtains practical experience toward developing these proficiencies, determined collaboratively by the student, the university professor, and the site supervisor. The practicum application must be submitted one semester prior to the semester of enrollment.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: READ 6330, READ 6301, READ 6334, READ 5332 OR READ 5334, READ 5331 OR ESLS 5306.

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.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: EDBE/ESLS 5321

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4331

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ/SPED 4332, SPED 5332

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Requires instructor approval.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ/SPED 4333, SPED 5333

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: Pathways to Teaching and MAT only.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4334

READ 5335   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Reading I (Phonics)

This course is designed to instruct teacher candidates in phonics, its essential tie to learning how to read, the elements of phonics, how to use phonics to teach reading, and its relationship to fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4335

READ 5336   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Reading II (Comprehension)

This course is designed to instruct teacher candidates in the teaching of reading comprehension. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4336

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4337

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. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: READ 4338

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.  

  • Offered: 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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.  

  • Offered: Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: READ 6330 or recent experience in the teaching of reading.

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