Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and Curriculum.
Examines theories and principles that guide emergent literacy instruction. Focus is on the cognitive development of the emergent reader and how it relates to brain-based research. Strong emphasis is placed on phonemic awareness. Assessment tools and approaches to reading instruction, including ability grouping, are examined and applied. Strategies for teaching reading and writing skills are contextualized in children's literature. Multicultural perspectives and technology are used to facilitate and reinforce instruction. Includes extensive field experience. Verification of professional liability insurance is required prior to
placement in the field. Twenty (20) hours field experience.