Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


ED 609: Literacy Practicum (3 credits)
This course is offered fall, winter, and spring terms as necessary

Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Western Oregon University

ED 609 is a practicum to be carried out in schools that requires candidates to work directly with students as they demonstrate the various roles of a reading specialist. The roles to be demonstrated can include: teaching reading, assessing literacy development, developing diverse instructional practices to meet the needs of all students (including English language learners, struggling readers, as well as average and gifted readers), examining the literacy plan for the school, developing 'partnerships in literacy' with parents, and designing professional development opportunities to meet the school's literacy needs.
PREREQUISITES Typically, the practicum for the reading endorsement program is not taken until at least three-fourths of the coursework is complete. This should be your capstone experience in the endorsement; a chance to use what you have learned throughout your reading coursework. You must have permission of the instructor to register for this course.
Your primary goal for the practicum is to demonstrate your growing literacy proficiency as a beginning reading specialist. Your initial task will be to design a proposal which shows your plan to achieve this goal. We will also concentrate on the many roles of a reading specialist. You will document your activities during this practicum in a written report, including such things as a detailed description of the student population with which you are working, assessments that were given to these students so you know their levels of competency, instructional plans and implementation, a rich description of the outcomes, and a discussion of research that you have read which supports your ideas for instruction and professional development. Since this online Reading Endorsement Practicum is available to teachers across the state it is not possible to provide onsite supervision by university faculty. However, you will be required to document that someone supervised your practicum. You will need to include a sign-off letter indicating that this individual has observed your literacy activities as part of your final report.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
IRA Standard 1: Foundational Knowledge
Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

IRA Standard 2: Curriculum and Instruction
Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.

IRA Standard 3: Assessment and Evaluation
Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

IRA Standard 4: Diversity
Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.

IRA Standard 5: Literate Environment
Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.

IRA Standard 6: Professional Learning and Leadership
Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.
Upon completion of the practicum, learners will have demonstrated:
  1. Expertise in assessment and instruction of all readers, with particular focus on English language learners and struggling readers.
  2. Literacy leadership within the school in professional development opportunities for teachers, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents/care givers.
  3. Understanding of and involvement in the variety of roles of a reading specialist.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course fulfills the 3-credit practicum requirement for the Reading Endorsement.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Assistant Professor, The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University. Fifteen years as an elementary school teacher, 5 years developing materials and teaching English for Business Purposes, 9 years teaching university courses, and 4 years in the OUS Chancellor's Office working on distance education and teacher education initiatives. (B.A., University of Michigan; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Oregon State University)
Teachers seeking a Reading Endorsement for their teaching license who have selected Western Oregon University as a home institution.
The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requires 90 hours of in-school practicum activities.
TEXTBOOK This course is a culmination of your reading endorsement program of study and you are expected to use many textbooks from previous literacy courses as references in your school-based practicum assignments.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT You must have permission to register for this course. Please contact the instructor, Dr. Bonnie Morihara.


For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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