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SPE 604 Research-Based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written and Oral Language and Reading in the Content Areas

Facilitate the literacy skills of students with special needs.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

A world of possibilities opens when children learn to read, write, and verbally express themselves. For children with special needs, that learning can be challenging, but just as rewarding. In this course, you develop knowledge of researched-based strategies for literacy instruction that will help students discover the joys that come with developing those abilities.

This course focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies designed to teach accuracy, fluency and comprehension in reading, as well as monitoring strategies, for students with disabilities, including those in regular classrooms. Coursework emphasizes the application of research to classroom practices.

Week by week, you explore tried and tested instructional and monitoring strategies in the five critical areas of literacy (identified by the National Reading Panel): fluency, phonetic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary. You also explore spelling, written language, and reading in the content areas. Throughout the course, you gain hands-on experience by developing lesson plans and putting the plans into practice.

Grounded in research, this course gives you specific tools to help students with special needs learn their most important lessons: the ability to read and write.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Oral Language and Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Written Language
  • Fluency and Curriculum-based Monitoring
  • Comprehension of Narrative and Expository Texts
  • Students with Linguistic and Cultural Differences

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 604, you will be able to:

  • Describe language and development systems that govern form, content and use.
  • Differentiate between phonological and phonemic awareness.
  • Identify screenings useful in developing students’ phonological awareness skills.
  • Discuss explicit, systematic decoding instruction and its role in the development of skilled reading and the dyslexic reader’s difficulty with decoding.
  • Assess students’ needs and how to group them for effective instruction.
  • Explain the importance of phonics knowledge.
  • Understand how word meanings are processed and contribute to language comprehension.
  • Discuss the development and processes of written language skills, including handwriting development.
  • Provide instruction that improves students’ ability to understand, learn, and/or remember information from different types of texts.
  • Adapt reading instruction for students with linguistic and culturally diverse differences.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Research-Based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written & Oral Language and Reading in the Content Areas, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

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