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Students who meet the prerequisites: successful completion with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the five prerequisite courses: RDGED 701, 702, 703 or 704, 705, 706 and consent of instructor.
RDGED 706 Assessment and Evaluation of Reading Difficulties must be completed prior to enrollment in RDGED 707 Reading Practicum because the assessments and evaluation reports required for RDGED 707 are introduced and practiced in the prerequisite course.
Course Description: A practicum in teaching individual students, who have completed grades 2-10, with reading difficulties. Assessment of the reader's strengths and needs is followed by the implementation of individualized instruction designed to assist the child in becoming a better reader. The practicum course will be offered online with a requirement that course participants assess then develop and instruct twelve one-hour lessons with a struggling reader in their local community.
The RDGED 707 Reading Practicum is offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Consider the advantage of enrolling in the practicum during the summer semester when you will not have the pressure of preparing for your daily teaching assignments in addition to the practicum lessons.
You will assess and teach a student in your community who has been identified by your school as a struggling reader and has completed the second grade or above. According to classroom reading assessments and/or standardized test results, a severe reading delay would be one or more years behind for a third grader; two or more years behind for a fourth, fifth or sixth grader; and three or more years behind for a seventh grader or older.
According to the Wisconsin State Statute ACT 166:
SECTION 21. 118.19 (14) (a) any person applying for a teacher license “…to teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher or an initial license as a reading specialist” are required to take and pass a Foundations of Reading Test. The Practice Test website provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the item types that will appear on the assessment.
This test requirement applies to all students who enroll in the Spring 2014 RDGED 707 Practicum.
During the first two weeks of the course, you will explore the principles of effective one-on-one intervention programs, as well as criteria for choosing a client. A struggling reader should NOT be selected or contacted until the end of the second week of the course. Information will be provided regarding the details of the client selection process and demographic requirements.
During Modules 3-5, you will assess the student, interpret the assessment results, and determine learning outcomes..
During modules 6-11, you will develop and teach twelve one-hour lessons and analyze each lesson’s results using a detailed lesson plan form. During the 12 lessons, you will administer 5 running records using familiar text. In addition, you will do a miscue analysis of errors for 2 of the 5 running records. All of these forms will be submitted as part of the course requirements.
At the conclusion of twelve lessons, a summary of assessment and instruction will be compiled and submitted as a capstone artifact in your Reading Teacher ePortfolio. All artifacts from your previous reading courses will be updated prior to submitting your final ePortfolio for the Benchmark III end of reading program assessment.
All lesson plans must be created in Microsoft Word. All materials used during the lessons must be scanned to create PDF files and submitted with the lesson plan Word documents in the course Dropbox.
Audio recordings of selected lessons that include running records will be submitted electronically to the course Dropbox in mp3 file format along with a self-evaluation form as part of course requirements. A good microphone, more than any other single piece of hardware, will impact the quality of recorded sound.
An e-textbook is included in the tuition and will be provided after you login to the course. You will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
McCormick, S. & Zutell, J. (2015). Instructing students who have literacy problems. ( 7th edition) Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13:9780133830934
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from http://www.pearsonhighered.com or an online bookstore such as amazon.com Be sure to allow for delivery time, and note the ISBN number and 7th edition.
Additional readings will be available online within the text of each module.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
This class will help participants meet the International Literacy Association's Standards for Reading Professionals and the Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI (p. 180)
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"I enrolled in the reading certification program with a desire to strengthen my knowledge base in the areas of developmental reading. In doing so, I made myself a better teacher and a better teaching partner.
I wanted to open the possibilities of what my teaching role could be by adding a reading license to my special education license. With both licenses, I can provide enhanced support to more students. "
~ Sandra Buxton, Special Education Teacher, Verona, Wisconsin
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751