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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC544 Course ID: 2802 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the building blocks of teaching children to read. It focuses on the stages of literacy acquisition. It provides an overview of the core components of literacy instruction, which are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. The course includes an exploration of instructional strategies to implement a coordinated literature program and plan an appropriate curriculum in literacy development.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 10/24/21 Summer 2021 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify components of literacy instruction.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of phonemic awareness and its importance in literacy development.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of phonemic awareness.
  4. Implement and discuss instructional strategies in phonemic awareness.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of phonics instruction and its importance.
  6. Evaluate phonics programs.
  7. Implement and discuss instructional strategies in phonics including:
  • principles of phonics and phonics instruction in learning to read and spell.
  • developmental stages of spelling and word study.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fluency and its importance.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of reading fluency.
  3. Monitor student progress in reading fluency.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of vocabulary development and its importance.
  5. Implement and discuss instructional strategies in vocabulary instruction.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of text comprehension and its importance.
  7. Implement and discuss instructional strategies in the development of text comprehension.
  8. Develop curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the literacy abilities that children bring to school and in accordance with the IRA/NCTE Standards.

Course Textbooks:

Two textbook are required for this course:

Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2000). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary and spelling instruction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill-Prentice Hall.

ISBN 0-13-111338-0

Armbruster, B. B., Lehr, F., & Osborn, J. (2001). Put reading first: The research blocks for teaching children to read. Washington, DC: The U.S. Department of Education.

Book Title:Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction, 7th ed.
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton and Johnston
Unit Cost:$53.32
Electronic ISBN:9780135205365
Electronic Unit Cost:$54.99
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.