Programs of study

The Read Oregon program consists of two distinct programs of study:

  1. 24-credit reading endorsement
  2. 12-credit literacy certificate

child-315049_64024-Credit Reading Endorsement

Teachers must successfully complete the program of study and pass the Praxis II exam in Reading in order to add the Reading Specialist endorsement to their teaching license.

COURSE OF STUDY

ReadOregon Reading Endorsement – 24 credit program

Students take 3 credits in each of the following thematic areas.

  • Literacy Foundations
  • Literacy Strategies & Methods
  • Literacy for Diverse Learners
  • Literacy Assessment
  • Leadership in School Reading Programs

Students take 6 credits of electives.

  • It’s highly recommended that one elective be a literature course but courses from any of the thematic areas may count towards the elective requirement. Literature offerings are designed to develop educators’ knowledge of the rationale for using literature, to provide a greater awareness of current and traditional books, and to familiarize educators with instructional strategies for using literature in the classroom. Literature topics may include children’s literature, young adult literature, and multicultural literature for use with early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Students do a 3-credit Practicum

  • 90 hour, in-school or in-district, supervised Practicum. Placements are arranged through your “home” university.

The reading endorsement program’s six thematic areas:

  1. Foundations:  These courses focus on literacy practices. Foundational courses may include topics such as: language development, how written information is processed, literacy acquisition, how the language areas are interrelated, literacy instruction, how language works, and the nature of teaching language arts.
  2. Literacy Strategies & Methods:  These courses help educators guide their students as they acquire the skills necessary for reading, writing, thinking, and studying in all curricular areas. Courses provide functional methods for integrating literacy strategies at all levels, from pre-reading and literacy development to content area study in the middle and high school.
  3. Literacy for Diverse Learners:  Topics include a) foundations of literacy, bi- and multi-literacy, and language development; b) differences in learning styles based on cognitive processing approaches, c) specific methods and strategies for reading specialists that work well within the current population of students in literacy programs; and d) methods and strategies that empower classroom teachers to effectively work with the broad range of students in their classrooms.
  4. Assessment: Courses involve the appropriate use of authentic assessment of students’ reading proficiencies and difficulties and focus on one or more levels: early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and adult. Formal and informal assessment tools and their outcomes form the basis for instruction that accommodates individual learning, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Courses also explore appropriate and effective communication of the assessment results to students, parents, colleagues, and administrators.
  5. Leadership in Reading Programs: This thematic area centers around school or district wide literacy activities and are of particular interest to those in leadership roles including coordination of language arts programs or involvement with curriculum. Topics may include selecting and designing curriculum, current instructional practices, management of systems, staff roles, staff development, supervision, organization of support systems for students, research issues, review of literature, and action research.

12-Credit Literacy Certificate

Teachers must successfully complete the program of study and fill out the completion paperwork. A certificate of completion will be mailed to the student. Since required courses for the certificate are also applicable to the Reading Endorsement program, teachers may use this program as a “stepping stone” to the 24-credit reading specialist endorsement.

The program will also:

  • serve as an “emphasis area” in a program for preservice teachers
  • serve as a possible content component of a Master’s Degree program
  • serve as a “stepping stone” to a Reading Endorsement
  • provide needed professional development to general classroom teachers, particularly in high-need schools/districts (where students are falling below state average scores in reading).

COURSE OF STUDY

ReadOregon Literacy Education Certificate  – 12- credit program

The 12-credit Literacy Education Certificate is a graduate-level program planned around courses in two thematic areas, plus electives from any of the other thematic areas in ReadOregon

Students take 3 credits in each of the two thematic areas listed below.

  • Literacy Strategies & Methods
  • Literacy for Diverse Learners

Students take 6 credits of electives.

  • It’s highly recommended that one elective be a literature course.
  1. Foundations:  These courses focus on literacy practices. Foundational courses may include topics such as: language development, how written information is processed, literacy acquisition, how the language areas are interrelated, literacy instruction, how language works, and the nature of teaching language arts.
  2. Literacy Strategies & Methods:  These courses help educators guide their students as they acquire the skills necessary for reading, writing, thinking, and studying in all curricular areas. Courses provide functional methods for integrating literacy strategies at all levels, from pre-reading and literacy development to content area study in the middle and high school.
  3. Literacy for Diverse Learners:  Topics include a) foundations of literacy, bi- and multi-literacy, and language development; b) differences in learning styles based on cognitive processing approaches, c) specific methods and strategies for reading specialists that work well within the current population of students in literacy programs; and d) methods and strategies that empower classroom teachers to effectively work with the broad range of students in their classrooms.
  4. Assessment: Courses involve the appropriate use of authentic assessment of students’ reading proficiencies and difficulties and focus on one or more levels: early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and adult. Formal and informal assessment tools and their outcomes form the basis for instruction that accommodates individual learning, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Courses also explore appropriate and effective communication of the assessment results to students, parents, colleagues, and administrators.
  5. Leadership in Reading Programs: This thematic area centers around school or district wide literacy activities and are of particular interest to those in leadership roles including coordination of language arts programs or involvement with curriculum. Topics may include selecting and designing curriculum, current instructional practices, management of systems, staff roles, staff development, supervision, organization of support systems for students, research issues, review of literature, and action research.