GEDU 631 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3 credits Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties prepares the candidate to evaluate the variances in reading strengths and weaknesses through the use of formal and informal diagnostic tools. This course is designed to provide an examination of traditional, as well as newly developed perspectives and insights necessary to provide for effective assessment and instruction for students with reading difficulties. GEDU 632 Secondary/K-12 Education Graduate Practicum 3 1 credit This 10 week/60 hour equivalent experiential learning practicum takes place in an educational setting assigned by the Director of Practicum Placements. The requirements of this practicum include teaching at least 3 lessons and completing tasks at the direction of the cooperating teacher. GEDU 633 Diverse Learner Competencies for Reading Specialists 3 credits This course develops the knowledge and skills required by Reading Specialists to be collaborative partners in providing support for all children in inclusive settings and to provide specialized leadership for the development of programs for diverse learners. The course will focus on issues such as over representation of diverse students in special education, prevention and early intervention, and effective instructional strategies for students with disabilities in inclusive settings. GEDU 637 Learning Theory 3 credits This course examines human learning processes, the nature and kinds of learning, factors that influence learning, and major learning theories. GEDU 640 Young Adult Literature 3 credits This comprehensive course reviews young adult literature genres, authors, and selection of books for young adults. GEDU 641 Children’s Literature 3 credits This comprehensive course consists of the critical examination of children’s books and outstanding writers and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. GEDU 643 Overview Curriculum Design 3 credits This course is a study of styles and processes for implementing school curriculum, with a focus on the integration of literacy including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course addresses issues dealing with perceptions, professionalism, and change, and examines various school curriculum models including
the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System for standards based curriculum design. GEDU 644 Student Centered Action Research 3 credits The Student Centered Action Resource Course is aligned with the Standards for Reading Professionals developed by the International Reading Association. Teachers will be introduced to the techniques involved in conducting action research. Action research allows teachers to investigate an evidence based problem, collect data, and analyze the data to improve instructional decision making at the practitioner level that leads to improvements in curricular and instructional design. GEDU 645 Leadership and Current Issues/Practicum and Seminar 3 credits This course is designed to focus upon current issues in literacy and leadership. Students complete a 25-hour literacy and leadership practicum. GEDU 647 Assessment of Literacy Development/ Clinical Application 6 credits This course provides experience in formal and informal assessment and data interpretation. Students are responsible for implementation of instructional programs based upon assessment data. A 75-hour clinical practicum is required. GEDU 650 Advanced Educational Computing 3 credits This course will focus on the assessment and planning stages of the instructional design process. Students will engage in applied learning activities, which stress the use of computer productivity tools for making presentations, technology assessment, and planning. This course has an online component that requires students to have computer and Internet access. GEDU 679 Curriculum Design and Instructional Technique in Environmental Education 3 credits Students will explore various educational processes that deal with people’s relationship with their total environments, including the interaction of population, pollution, resource allocations and depletions, conservation, transportation, and technology with a focus on urban and rural planning as it relates to the total human environment. Students will also review current programs and materials in environmental education as well as current research projects. GEDU 690 Graduate Education Seminar 3 credits This seminar will focus on a current issue or topic in education, and is taken with student teaching, GEDU 550.