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Improving Reading in the Content Areas†
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades 6–12
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6908
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
Literacy development does not end in the elementary grades. As middle and secondary textbooks become more specialized, and the vocabulary and concepts contained in them become more abstract, students need more sophisticated reading comprehension strategies. With this graduate-level course, you will gain practical strategies that can be used across grade levels and subject areas to build your students’ literacy skills, and to help them both to succeed in your content area and to become independent lifelong learners.
- Learn techniques to help students learn and retain information.
- Develop writing strategies to deepen student understanding of your subject matter.
- Create lessons that integrate literacy development with your subject matter to meet standards.
- Use integrated strategies that address the pre-, during-, and post-reading phases.
- Discover assessment methods that give a continuous view of student progress in literacy skills and in your subject matter.
Maryland Teachers: This course meets the Maryland State Board of Education requirements for coursework credit in Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas I.
†Credits for up to four of these courses may be applied toward a Walden University M.S. in Education program. Please call 1-866-492-5336 and speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more details.
Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Kathleen A. Hinchman, Ph.D.
Dr. Hinchman is associate professor and chair in reading and language arts at Syracuse University. She sits on the steering committee of the International Reading Association (IRA) Commission on Adolescent Literacy, and she is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Literacy Research, published by the National Reading Conference. Dr. Hinchman is co-author of Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading and Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents’ Lives.
Carol M. Santa, Ph.D.
Dr. Santa is coordinator of language arts and science for School District 5 in Kalispell, Montana. She is also currently co-director of Project CRISS, a federally funded program that focuses on reading, writing, and studying across the curriculum. Project CRISS is currently being used by school districts in 37 states and five European countries. Dr. Santa is past president of the International Reading Association. She was a contributing writer to Adolescent Literacy: A Position Statement.
Linda Lambert, Ed.D.
Dr. Lambert is professor emeritus at California State University, Hayward, and president of Lambert Leadership Development. She has served as a teacher, principal, district director, and coordinator of leadership academies. Dr. Lambert is the author of The Constructivist Leader, Who Will Save Our Schools?, and Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Her major research areas involve constructivist leadership, leadership capacity, teacher leadership, school and system improvement, and women in leadership.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you.:
- Textbook: Reading at the Middle and High School Levels: Building Active Readers Across the Curriculum, published by Educational Research Service
- DVD: Improving Reading in the Content Areas
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive the following.*:
- Study guide: Improving Reading in the Content Areas
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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