PhD in Literacy Course Listing

ELTL 710: Literacy as Social Practice (3)

This course introduces students to an array of theoretical frameworks within which contemporary scholars define, study, and explain literate actions as simultaneously individual and collective. These traditions include but are not limited to: critical literacy; socio-cultural theories; activity theory; ethnography of communication; technologically mediated literacies; narrative theories.

ELTL 711: Literacy as Social Reproduction and Transformation (3)

Students will explore theoretical explanations of the relations between literacy practices and social reproduction and transformation. Key elements of critical cultural studies (including the Frankfurt School, British cultural studies, and 20th Century French sociology) will be introduced and related to literacy studies, dating from Paulo Freire to the present.

ELTL 715: Analysis of Written Discourse (3)

Focuses on contributions of different traditions in discourse analysis to social and educational research. Topics include conversational analysis, narrative analysis, analysis of multi-modal texts, and analysis of institutional settings. Particular attention to the study of language use in home and community settings, and the characterization of authoritative discourse about knowledge.Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 731: Theory and Research in Teaching Writing (3)

Examination of current research in the field of writing. Readings include class papers as well as significant recent research in the various domains of research in writing. Examination of studies from various fields including psychology, linguistics, anthropology, and education.

ELTL 732: Theory and Research in Teaching Literature (3)

Presentation of a theoretical overview concerning the teaching of literature K-12 together with a review of the latest research in the reading of literature. Emphasis on crucial issues that need to be researched and on the various methodologies that might be used in research.

ELTL 734: Oral and Written Language (3)

Overview of the social and psychological factors that underlie patterns of oral and written discourse in classroom settings as they support or impede literacy learning. Basis of the belief that literacy learning is socially based and that this foundation affects cognitive behavior and communicative interactions during instructional events.

ELTL 742: Literacy Mentoring and Coaching (3)

Involves mentoring in association with the clinical practicum course. Mentors will be required to work with teachers in the master's program and school personnel associated with children being tutored. Includes detailed examination of teaching and mentoring interactions, facilitative structures in schools, and communication with other personnel and parents.

ELTL 743: Practitioner and Participatory Action Research (3)

Explores the theory, practice, and epistemologies underlying practitioner research and participatory action research.  Students read and analyze examples of published accounts of practitioner and participatory action research conducted across a range of settings.  Within a community of inquiry, students pursue individual research projects related to teaching and learning in their particular settings; learn how to situate their work within broader research traditions and theoretical frameworks; craft research questions; collect and analyze data; and consider ways to represent their research to various audiences.  Additional topics include teacher inquiry communities, research ethics, and the contested terrain of practitioner and participatory action research within academia

ELTL 744: Teacher Leadership (3)

The focus of this course is teacher leadership-broadly defined and practiced. The course includes a focus on: (a) definitions of teacher leadership, (b) teacher leadership in practice, and (c) policy and research implications of teacher leadership. The course includes implications for teacher leaders in education such as literacy coaching, mentoring, professional development, administration, and advanced certification.

ELTL 756: Texts and Teaching in Literacy Learning (3)

Examines research on the classroom instruction associated with literacy teaching, includes readings about: (a) historical and theoretical review of classroom instruction and materials, (b) analysis of current research on literacy instructional settings and processes, and (c) teacher knowledge and professional growth. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 757: Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers (3)

The focus of this course is the examination of historical and current research on literacy teacher preparation and continued development, including teacher change, teacher beliefs, and institutional constraints and affordances related to literacy instruction in schools.

ELTL 758: CAS Research Project (3-9) CAS ONLY

Preparation and presentation of an inquiry project. Students work independently, with guidance from an advisor or other faculty member.

ELTL 762: Current Research in Literacy (3)

Analyses of research in literacy, and the implications of these studies for the teaching of reading and writing. Selection of appropriate research methodology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 770: Diagnostic Reports and Case Studies in Reading (3)

Preparation and discussion of diagnostic reports and case studies. Students diagnose and report a number of cases. Prerequisite: ELTL 666.

ELTL 771: Clinical Experience (3)

Designed for students not intending to work in a clinical setting but who would like exposure to more severe cases than encountered in ELTL667. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 772: Advanced Clinical Practices (3)

Designed for students desiring to increase their clinical skills. Fall semester devoted primarily to diagnosing, treating, and evaluating the needs of a severely disabled reader who may have multiple handicaps. Spring semester involves continued casework, plus mainstreaming the reader. Seminars and other course requirements tailored to student's interests and needs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 773: Seminar in Reading Disability and Related Disorders (3)

Examination of classical and current issues in the causation, diagnosis, and treatment of reading disability. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 777 (ETAP 777): Qualitative Research Methods (3)

Qualitative research methods and issues with focus on ethnographic techniques; participant observation and interviewing: analyzing, interpreting, and collecting data. Attention to problems generic to fieldwork; emphasis on formation of research questions (entry into field settings, ethical issues in fieldwork, qualitative analysis and theory building).

ELTL 779: Quantitative Methods in Literacy Research (3)

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to quantitative methodology as applied to literacy research. A primary objective of the course is to help advanced students, who have fairly sophisticated understanding of literacy and literacy development, to become more sophisticated consumers of quantitatively based literacy research. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing in Reading/Literacy Program and/or Permission of the Instructor.

ELTL 781: Literacy Learning & Development Across the Lifespan (3)

This course explores theory and research related to literacy learning and development from preschool through elementary/middle school. It examines the experiences, processes, knowledge, and attitudes that influence and are influenced by literacy development.

ELTL 782: Language Foundations for Learning (3)

This course examines the reciprocal relationships among language and literacy development. Varied theoretical lenses will assist students in understanding the diverse factors that shape language and literacy learning, paying particular attention to malleable environmental factors.

ELTL 783: Literacy Learning & Development in Adolescence and Adulthood (3)

This course explores literacy learning and development in adolescence and adulthood. It examines theories of adolescent and adult learning and development; literacy theory; policy influencing literacy instruction; research on literacy learning and development in sites such as families, peer groups, communities, workplaces, K-12 schools, prisons and other adult education settings.

ELTL 887: Institute in Education (1-9)

A Special course, not part of the pattern of regular offerings, designed to meet non-recurring needs.

ELTL 889: Readings in Literacy (3-6)

For students in the Literacy Teaching and Learning PhD/CAS programs who are preparing for comprehensive and specialization exams.

ELTL 890: Research and Independent Study in Reading (2-6)

Projects designed to meet needs of students in advanced programs. Prerequisite: Consent of the department

ELTL 891: Research Practicum (3)

Designing, conducting, interpreting, and reporting research studies. Students work directly with faculty in an on-going project. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 892: Practicum in College Teaching (3)

Preparation and presentation of course content, and evaluation of student achievement. Student works directly with the faculty member who is teaching a 500-level or 600-level course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ELTL 893: Advanced Studies Research Project (3-9)

Individualized research project for student completing an Advanced Studies certificate in the Literacy Teaching and Learning Department. Project may involve conducting and writing a research report, literature review, or position paper. Students may take this course for up to 9 credits. Prerequisite: Methodology coursework and consent of department.

ELTL 895: Internship in Reading (4-8)

Planned experiences which emphasize the students' professional objectives. Includes a seminar. Prerequisite: Consent of department.

ELTL 897: Proseminar: Dissertation Preparation (3-12)

Development of the specialization exam and/or dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: completion of Comprehensive Exam, and approval of advisor.

ELTL 899: Doctoral Dissertation (1 Credit--Load Only)

Required each semester of all candidates working on their doctoral dissertations. Prerequisite: Consent of the department. Registration for this course is limited to doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy.