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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC548 Course ID: 3810 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course presents essential literacy skills and examines ways in which they may be developed in K-12 subject area classrooms. The course will provide an overview of the reading process based on current theory and scientifically based research as well as best practices for promoting content area reading and learning. A variety of instructional strategies for reading and writing will be presented for use in all content areas and grade levels. The use of technology to expand students’ literacies will also be investigated.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 07/25/21 Spring 2021 Session A 16 Week session
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. Understand the reading process and implications for teaching
  2. Read and thoughtfully reflect on text, focusing on literacy instruction in the content areas
  3. Identify special reading demands in his/her major or minor content areas and develop appropriate instructional activities to improve reading
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts through discussions, written work, and deliverables.
  5. Demonstrate understanding and application of strategies for teaching literacy in the content areas
  6. Understand the range of student ability in reading performance and select and design materials and assessments appropriate to various ability levels
  7. Develop proficiency in technology which may enhance learning and teaching
  8. Develop an understanding and philosophical cognizance of the vital role the content area teacher plays in students’ literacy development.

Course Textbooks:

There are two textbooks required for this course:

Vacca, R.T. & Vacca, J. A. L. (2008). Content area reading: Literacy and learning across the curriculum. (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

ISBN -10: 0205532152

Billmeyer, R., & Barton, M. L. (1998). Teaching reading in the content areas: If not me,

then who? Aurora, CO: McREL. ISBN- 10: 1893476057

*Additional supplemental readings will be assigned in class and available online

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note Web site addresses are subject to change.

APA Format

American Psychological Association homepage with information regarding APA style and guidelines.

West Virginia Content Standards

The West Virginia Department of Education site lists all applicable standards for content based on area of instruction.

Read-Write-Think - read - write- think partnership between the International Reading Association, NCTE, and the Verizon Foundation established in 2002. They are working to provide educators and students access to high quality practices and resources for instruction through free, Internet-based content in reading and language arts.

SEDL - Formerly the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, known now as only SEDL. SEDL was established in 1966 and is based in Austin, TX. They are a private, non-profit research, development, and dissemination corporation working to bridge the gap between educational research and practice to ensure a high quality education for all learners. Research focuses on solving significant problems facing educational systems and communities.

Literacy Matters - Sponsored by the Educational Development Center (EDC) Litteracy Matters works to improve the literacy development of middle school and secondary school students, especially those experiencing difficulty. What “matters” to Literacy Matters is adolescent literature and content area literacy. Literacy Matters works to reach three distinct audiences: teachers, parents, and adolescent learners.

Content Area Literacy - Part of The Literacy Web at The University of Connecticut providing valuable links to various content area literacy resources and projects.

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.