University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Online Professional Development
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
This course is designed for classroom teachers and support staff at all levels including Title I and special education teachers, reading specialists, and curriculum directors.
Course Description: Concepts, methods, research, and historical developments that form the foundations of teaching reading. Pedagogical considerations, including general conditions for learning to read and write; developmental phases of reading; principles of good reading instruction; development of a personal philosophy about teaching reading as a reflective practitioner.
This course focuses on evidence-based instructional practices to promote word recognition, fluency, and comprehension along with procedures to assess children's development as they move from emergent literacy to learning to read and into the reading to learn stage. The influence of research upon teaching procedures and the selection and use of reading materials for instruction will also be considered.
This class will provide a broad understanding of the processes by which students learn to read and write within the context of today's diverse learning communities.
NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university or reading certification program.
Readings will be assigned from all of the following textbooks:
Temple, C., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., Freppon, P. (2014). All children read - teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Allyn Bacon. ISBN-13: 9780133066821
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure, International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals (IRA 2010), and the Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI (p. 180)
No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule. Advanced computer or programming skills are not required. Learners need a basic understanding of Internet browsing, email, and word processing. Instruction will be differentiated to accommodate learners with varying levels of technical knowledge.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions. This class is a valuable first step for those interested in exploring a career as a reading teacher.
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
"I can honestly say, it has been one, if not, the most valuable class I have taken. It offered historical perspective, expertise, strategies, examples, and resources.The textbooks were also assets and will be useful resources for me."
~ Kelly K. Special Education Teacher, Wisconsin
"Not only do I have a better understanding of some of the basics of teaching reading, but I continued to learn new strategies through the research part of this class. "
~ Julie G. Title I Teacher, Wisconsin
"I appreciated the course structure and discussion deadlines and rubrics. I was concerned about knowing what to do since this was my first online course. The clear guidelines you established helped me know what was expected and helped me feel successful. I learned a great deal from my classmates' discussions and their assignments. Thanks for such a positive new experience!"
~ Erika D. Seventh and Eighth Grade English Teacher, Wisconsin