Houston Baptist University Catalog

Reading Education (EDRE) Course Descriptions


EDRE 4301 Advanced Developmental Reading
Prerequisite: EDRE 4310
This course examines developmental reading programs for grades pre-school through college. Skill in recognizing various stages in the development of reading processes and an analysis of the total reading program, emphasizing procedures for improvement, is developed. (Offered also as EDRE 5301.)

EDRE 4320 Teaching Reading Through Children's Literature
Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Preparation Program.
Students in this course will be introduced to the best examples in literature for children. The student will gain an in-depth knowledge of the major genres of children’s literature, how to critically evaluate books using specific criteria, and how to make use of that knowledge in extending pupil skills in developmental reading as well as the creation of lifetime reading habits. Students also become familiar with the lives and works of major authors and illustrators of works for children.

EDRE 4330 Teaching Content Area Reading Skills
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Students in this course will explore methods for teaching reading in the content areas. Topics will include assessment that leads to data informed decisions; comprehension skills in content areas; readability and material suitability; study skills; vocabulary development and instruction, the multifaceted knowledge of word knowledge; appropriate strategies for before, during and after reading; the role of fluency in comprehension and strategies to improve fluency, reading efficiency; grouping procedures in a multi-tiered approach; and lesson design that differentiates based on student need.

EDRE 4350 Reading and the Language Arts
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDRE 4351, Emergent Literacy must be taken simultaneously with EDRE 4360.
Co-requisite: EDRE 4360.

This course includes an analysis of the development of writing and spelling for grades 2-8 and the use of differentiated instruction. The use of assessment and data driven decision making for instruction are covered. The style of instruction will focus on effective teaching: (1) Explicit instruction with modeling, (2) Systematic instruction and scaffolding, (3) Multiple opportunities for independent practice and application, (4) Immediate affirmative & corrective feedback, and (5) On-going progress monitoring and a multi-tiered system of support. Both on-campus and field experiences are included. It must be completed before student teaching.

EDRE 4351 Emergent Literacy
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education
This course includes an analysis of the development of reading, speaking, listening, thinking and writing visualizing, and visually representing as it applies to the young child. The five critical components of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) frame the study of the emergent learner. The course also includes a multi-tiered approach to classroom instruction: being able to differentiate instruction as needed and gather assessment data that will inform instructional decisions.

EDRE 4352 Literacy in the Secondary Schools
This course provides students with opportunities to use literacy as a tool to meet a broad range of personal, social, and curricular functions as well as real-world applications. It stresses comprehension strategies, metacognition, reflection and positive attitudes toward literacy. (Offered also as EDRE 5352.)

EDRE 4360, Developing and Teaching Literacy
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Corequisite: EDRE 4350

Included in this course are methods and materials for teaching developmental reading to children in school settings from grades Pre-K to 8. The course emphasizes competence in assessing specific strengths and weaknesses in the reading skills of children, differentiation in instruction, lesson planning in order to prepare learning activities appropriate to children’s needs, and interaction with children in such a way that learning is maximized. It includes a multi-tiered approach to meet the various needs of students along with assessment that drives instructional decisions. It builds on the concepts from emergent literacy (EDRE 4351) that stress the 5 critical components of reading instruction and the understanding of effective instruction (5 features). Both on-campus activities and field experiences are included. This course must be completed before student teaching.

EDRE 4381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

EDRE 5181 Special Topics
This is a service course designed to permit offerings of topics of current interest and special workshops. It may also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study are required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDRE 5182 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

EDRE 5301 Advanced Developmental Reading
Prerequisite: EDRE 5310
This course examines developmental reading programs for grades pre-school through college. Skill in recognizing various stages in the development of reading processes and an analysis of the total reading program, emphasizing procedures for improvement, is developed. (Offered also as EDRE 4301.)

EDRE 5304 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
Causes of reading difficulties along with the use of diagnostic evaluation to select appropriate instructional materials and strategies for correction are explored. (Offered also as EDRE 4304.)

EDRE 5305 Literacy Management and Technology
Prerequisites: EDUC 5313 or 6302, and EDRE 5310.
Literacy instructional concerns such as grouping, diversity, portfolios, study skills, and test-taking strategies are addressed along with practical applications for using technology in the classroom. (Offered also as EDRE 4305.)

EDRE 5310 Reading & Writing for Pre-Adolescents
Prerequisite: None.
Included in this course are methods and materials for teaching developmental reading to children in elementary school settings. The course emphasizes competence in assessing specific strengths and weaknesses in the reading skills of children, lesson planning in order to prepare learning activities appropriate to children¿s needs, and interacting with children in such a way that learning is maximized. Both on-campus activities and field experiences are included. This course is a prerequisite for student teaching. Students taking this course must simultaneously register for EDRE 4310-L1, except in summer. (Offered also as EDRE 4310.)

EDRE 5320 Teaching Reading Through Children's Literature
Prerequisite: None.
This course will enable professional educators to construct and evaluate reading programs at all levels. Graduate students taking this course will gain an in-depth knowledge of the major genres of children’s literature and how to critically evaluate books using specific criteria. The course will provide educators with the skills and experience necessary to enrich their reading instruction, as well as the creation of lifetime reading habits. Students will explore the lives and works of major authors and illustrators of works for children and their impact on this area of reading education, as well as exploring the use of multicultural literature.

EDRE 5330 Content Area Reading
Prerequisite: None
This course will introduce professional educators (and those seeking initial certification) to specific methods for teaching reading in content areas. Students will study assessment procedures, comprehension skills in content areas, readability and materials suitability, study skills, vocabulary development, developing reading rate flexibility, reading efficiency, grouping procedures, and lesson design. Using these experiences, students will learn to write formal lesson plans or prepare units of study for content areas that incorporate reading instruction. Students will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of reading strategies and how to make improvements.

EDRE 5350 Reading and the Language Arts
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education
An analysis of the development of reading, speaking, listening, thinking and writing visualizing, and visually representing abilities. Both on-campus and field experiences are included. Students taking this course must simultaneously register for EDRE 4350-L1, except in summer. (Offered also as EDRE 4350.)

EDRE 5351 Emergent Literacy
PREREQUISITE: Admission to Teacher Education
In this course students examine emergent literacy and explore ways to encourage the development of initial literacy. A wide variety of topics pertaining to the emergent reader and writer are included. (Offered also as CDEV 4351, EDEC 4351/5351, and EDSP 4351/5351 .)

EDRE 5352 Literacy in the Secondary Schools
This course provides students with opportunities to use literacy as a tool to meet a broad range of personal, social, and curricular functions as well as real-world applications. It stresses comprehension strategies, metacognition, reflection and positive attitudes toward literacy. (Offered also as EDRE 4352.)

EDRE 5381 Special Topics
This is a service course designed to permit offerings of topics of current interest and special workshops. It may also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study are required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDRE 6181 Special Topics
This is a service course designed to permit offerings of topics of current interest and special workshops. It may also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study are required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDRE 6281 Special Topics
This is a service course designed to permit offerings of topics of current interest and special workshops. It may also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study are required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDRE 6305 Reading: A Linguistic Perspective
This course examines reading within the framework of literacy development. Linguistic and psychological perspectives toward reading as well as their relationship to the comprehensive process are emphasized.

EDRE 6381 Special Topics
This is a service course designed to permit offerings of topics of current interest and special workshops. It may also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study are required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.