Literacy is a foundational skill required for successful academic achievement. The focus for this program is to equip professionals working with students and teachers to meet reading milestones, develop supportive curriculum, and provide professional development at school and district levels. With a PK-12 focus, professionals can utilize this program to work with coordinators including those in special education, counseling, and supporting roles to bring systemic change to schools seeking to improve or enhance reading instruction.
- Demonstrate critical application of theoretical and operational processes essential for reading and writing instruction.
- Design developmentally and culturally appropriate literacy curricula and instructional units to improve learner equity, establish and build relationships, and promote academic achievement.
- Utilize theories, academic standards, and frameworks to conduct research and guide the selection of content and application of literacy strategies to develop age-appropriate instructional options for emerging, struggling, and advanced readers.
- Apply research-based strategies to cultivate an environment which enhances literacy knowledge and skills in reading/language arts across all content areas.
- Design and implement research-supported assessment and intervention plans by creating programs leading to continuous improvement of student achievement.
- Analyze student data and apply research to support program and instructional approaches in traditional classrooms, resource rooms, and individualized learning situations.
- Engage in leadership opportunities and research and participate professionally in ongoing learning.