Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

ED 560: Foundations for Literacy Learning (3 cr)
Summer & Fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Summer 2009
Fall 2013: 09/30/13 - 12/13/13
NOTE: Effective summer 2013, this course was extended from a 2-credit to a 3-credit course

Dr. Aimee Alexander-Shea, Eastern Oregon University

An introductory graduate course exploring the theory and research on which literacy learning is based. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: 1) identify and discuss foundational issues within the Vygotskian theory of literacy learning; 2) identify and discuss the connections between this theory and classroom practices; 3) identify and discuss core understandings from research about learning to read.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to elementary and/or secondary students.
Textbook reading assignments, discussion board entries, summary of Vygotskian theory, reflections on Braunger & Lewis Core Understandings about Learning to Read, application project.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.2 Candidates understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
Students will apply what they have learned about the foundations of literacy learning by developing a creative project/product to be used with fellow teachers/staff, parents, administration, school board members, community or legislators. Projects may include a brochure, newsletter, in-service, etc.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 2 core credits in the Literacy Foundations thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, as 2 elective credits in the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development. Please consult an advisor at your home institution about adding this course to your program.
INSTRUCTORS Dr. Aimee Alexander-Shea, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Eastern Oregon University. K-12 teaching: 2 years as elementary teacher, 1 year as reading resource specialist. College-level teaching: 12 years. (BA and M.Ed., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of South Florida.)
Appropriate for all pK-12 practitioners.
Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Alexander-Shea


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

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