READ 551 Literacy Instruction for Special Needs Students K-12

Designed to prepare effective and reflective teachers in language and literacy instruction for students with special needs. Participants will explore multiple perspectives, practices, and methodological approaches to literacy instruction which are research-based, and proven effective to promote literacy development. Topics include (but are not limited to): (1) language and literacy development; (2) characteristics of special needs students; (3) framework of effective literacy instruction within context of students with special needs; (4) methods of effective basic literacy skills instruction; (5) methods of teaching comprehension and critical thinking strategies; (6) methods of promoting learning and meta-cognitive strategies for lifelong learning, and (7) methods of appropriate and meaningful assessment.