Wednesday, May 10, 2017

RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties


RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Mary Beth Crum
Summer: May 30 - August 11, 2017

Who Should Enroll

  • Classroom teachers
  • Title I teachers
  • Reading interventionists
  • Special education teachers
  • Reading specialists
  • School psychologists
  • Curriculum directors
Enroll in this course to meet your goals for
  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credit electives
  • transfer the credit to another university or reading certification program
  • refresher course
  • reading teacher certification
This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316. This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Description

Integration of psycholinguistic theory into an interactive model of remedial interventions based on literacy acquisition research. Practical suggestions for integrating reading, writing and spelling into an effective program for struggling readers and special populations including the learning disabled.

Required Textbooks

Readings will be assigned from the following textbooks. (The same textbooks and resources will also be used as textbooks in the Assessment and Evaluation of Reading and Language Development course.)
The books are available from online bookstores and can be ordered online from the publishers. Note: Specific editions are indicated by the ISBN number listed.

  1. Blevins, W. (2006). Phonics from A-Z (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Scholastic. ISBN:978-0-439-84511-3 Available from
  2. Caldwell, J.S., & Leslie, L. (2013). Intervention strategies to follow informal reading inventory assessment: So what do I do now? 3rd edition. New York: Pearson Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13: 9780123907088 Available new and used from
  3. Fox, Barbara. (2012). Word Identification Strategies: Building Phonics into a Classroom Reading Program, 5th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 9780132611282. Be sure to order the 2012 edition. Available from
  4. This e-textbook will be provided after you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device and is not compatible with a Kindle Reader. 

    McCormick, S & Zutell, J (2015). Instructing students who have literacy problems. ( 7th edition) Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13:9780133830934 
    If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from or an online bookstore such as  Be sure to allow for delivery time, and note the ISBN number and 7th edition.

Field Testing

During the course, you will learn specific reading strategies, are required to field test these strategies with live subjects in your classroom, and will complete field experience reports describing the results. If you are not teaching, please refer to the list below to assist in finding an alternate source of struggling readers.
  • A student in your neighborhood
  • Student in a religious youth group
  • Girls Scout or Boy Scout
  • Student who is being tutored
  • A family member (but not a significant other or a spouse)
To meet the course requirements, you will work with a struggling reader in Modules 6, 8 and 11. 
  • You may select different students, as these activities do not require working with the same student.
  • In Module 6 you will work with any age struggling reader who has difficulty decoding multi-syllabic words.
  • In Module 8 you will construct and apply techniques to teach word meaning to a struggling reader.
  • In Module 11 you will assess and teach strategies to a struggling reader who needs assistance in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension or fluency.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast recent reading initiatives (No Child Left Behind, Response to Intervention, Common Core State Standards) and research-based reading methods/approaches to address the needs of struggling readers and children with learning disabilities. 
  2. Articulate and synthesize information about evidence-based strategies for remediating phonemic awareness, phonetic and structural analysis, vocabulary and background knowledge, fluency, and comprehension.
  3. Analyze and interpret background and assessment information in order to select instructional interventions for individual students with reading and learning disabilities. 
  4. Evaluate and select a variety of quality multimedia materials, including assistive technology, to be used for instruction at various reading and writing levels.
  5. Design an effective intervention plan, including evidenced-based methods and approaches, to serve the needs of an individual learner.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:

Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
International Literacy Association's Standards for Reading Professionals (IRA 2010) and the Content Guidelines for Reading Teachers State of Wisconsin - DPI (p. 180)
No travel to campus is required.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
This is not a self-paced class.

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Contact Us: School of Education
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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
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