Course Offerings


Upper Division

542. Seminar in Reading Education
Intensive study of topics and problems in education. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes and with consent of instructor. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. (1-4 units)


May not be taken by undergraduate students.
620. Foundations of Reading and Writing
Examination of theories of how children learn to read and write. (4 units)
622. Basic Materials and Approaches to Reading and Writing
Investigating, creating and making critical judgments about curriculum approaches and materials, including software, appropriate to different theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 640 and 658. (4 units)
624. Socio-psycholinguistics and Literacy
Social and linguistic processes of literacy learning and the implications for instruction. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 625, 631, 632, 640, 642, 643 and 658. (4 units)
625. Practicum in Reading and Writing
Supervised application of reading and writing strategies with children at two or more reading levels in grades 1-3 in individual and small group settings. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 640, 642 and 658. (4 units)
629. Special Topics in Literacy
Relevant issues, techniques and topics in literacy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ERDG 620. (2 units)
630. Practicum for Leadership in Reading and Writing
Investigation of the various roles of leadership, including clinical skills required for work at site and district levels in reading and writing. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 624, 625, 631, 640, 642, 643 and 668 and consent of coordinator. (4 units)
631. Curriculum Perspectives in Reading and Writing
Examination of theoretical approaches that affect reading and writing curriculum. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 625, 640, 642 and 658. (4 units)
632. Assessment/Evaluation in Reading and Writing
Review of formal and informal reading and writing assessment instruments, methods of data collection, and analysis. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 625, 640, 642, and 658. (4 units)
633. Multi-modal Meaning Systems in Literacy
How various meaning systems, including the arts, affect literacy learning. Prerequisite: ERDG 620. (4 units)
640. Early Reading: Assessment and Intervention
Investigation of reading intervention assessments and strategies appropriate for use in the primary classroom. Prerequisites: ERDG 620 and 658. (4 units)
641. Multicultural Perspectives and Issues of Literacy
Understanding multicultural perspectives and issues within the contexts of literacy with diverse populations. Prerequisite: ERDG 620. (4 units)
642. Images of Culture through Children's Literature
Review of children's literature of diverse cultures and organizing this literature for curriculum implementation. Exploration of concepts of diversity and culture as they affect literacy learning. (Also offered as ENG 535. Students may not receive credit for both.) Prerequisites: ERDG 620 and 658. (4 units)
643. Critical Issues in Intermediate Reading and Writing
Critical issues that affect the teaching of reading and writing to students in grades 4-8. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 625, 631, 632, 640, 642 and 658. (4 units)
658. Literacy and Language Processes
Methods for integrating the language development processes that underlie effective literacy curriculum. Prerequisite: ERDG 620. (4 units)
679. Field Work: Reading/Language Arts Specialist
Field experiences including demonstration of leadership roles in curriculum planning, inservice presentations and professional development. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: ERDG 620, 622, 624, 625, 630, 631, 632, 640, 642, 643, 658, and consent of reading program coordinator. (4 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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