Work one-on-one with a student who has difficulty reading.
Duration: 16 weeks
Credits: 3 credits
Demonstrating your skill in teaching the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the objective of this two-semester supervised practicum. Using WRS practicum student selection criteria, you’ll identify and secure a practicum student in grades 4–12 with significant word level deficits. You’ll then successfully deliver a minimum of 60 WRS lessons through WRS Step 4.2. A Wilson trainer will observe you working with your student five times during your practicum using video conferencing technology.
In addition to finding a student and delivering at least 60 lessons, you’ll meet other requirements for this course. These include:
- A pretesting report including educational background and current test results of potential practice “case study” student(s)
- Five three-block lesson plans for each semester
- Development of teacher’s and student’s notebook and student’s written work in accordance with WRS program standards
- Two post-testing lesson plans
- Completion of post-testing and written report including grade equivalents, standard scores and percentage scores after a minimum of 60 lessons
- Class participation through the course via start-up and implementation meeting
- Five teacher/student observations as scheduled by the Wilson trainer
Wilson Language Training and Wilson® Accredited Partners have received accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association, and WRS has been endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education.
Throughout the course, weekly topics may include:
- Pre-Testing, Practicum Student Selection
- Monitoring/Managing Student Progress
- Lesson Procedures with Base Word/Suffix
- Comprehension SOS
- Vocabulary & Irregular/Sight Word Instruction Multisensory Procedures – Reading & Spelling Enriched & Decodable Text
- Error Correction – Questioning
- Student Mastery – Automaticity/Fluency
What You’ll Learn
In SPE 713, you’ll put the Wilson Reading System® into action with a real student with reading difficulties. When you complete the course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery in the teaching of decoding, encoding, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.
- Show diagnostic skill assessment and planning for a student with reading challenges.
- Know how language concepts are conveyed through accurate teaching with multisensory procedures.
- Demonstrate student success and mastery of decoding and encoding skills.
- Understand and be able to implement progress monitoring.
To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including the Wilson Reading System®, call (610) 660-3400 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.