Metro RESA

Endorsements

Reading Endorsement

Reading P-12

DESCRIPTION
(150 contact hours)

Metro RESA offers a PSC approved add-on Reading Endorsement.  The Metro RESA Reading Endorsement prepares educators to demonstrate competency at assessing students literacy needs and planning appropriate for the needs of students in Georgia Public School classrooms.  Candidate admission to the Metro RESA Reading Endorsement Program requires the following:

— A valid Professional Georgia Teaching Certificate (copy of teaching certificate must be included)
— Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in education
— Minimum of three years teaching experience (exceptions may include NCLB highly qualified requirements)

The Endorsement is divided into three courses consisting of 50 contact hours each. Completion of the three courses is required in order to add to the base certificate.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Course 1: Foundations of Teaching Reading in a Pluralistic Society (1 of 3)
(50 contact hours)
This course is designed to provide and extend candidates knowledge of the reading process by examining theory and research as a foundation for making instructional decisions for planning and implementing effective literacy programs. In order to inform such decision-making, candidates will explore current issues, materials, strategies, and approaches to teaching reading to P-12 children in our pluralistic society.

Required Texts:

  • Thompkins, G. E.  (2009). Literacy for the 21st century/ (5th ed.) New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall. 
  • National Reading Panel (2000).  Report of the national reading panel.  Bethesda, MD:  National Reading Panel.  [Also available online at http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org]
  • Georgia Performance Standards (2004) www.gadoe.org
  • ** (Optional) Thompkins, G.E. (2009). Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth Through Eighth Graders. (2nd ed.)New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall

Course 2: Reading Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention/Evaluation (2 of 3)
(50 contact hours)
This course is designed to provide candidates with knowledge of theoretical models, methods, and materials of literacy assessment. Such knowledge will provide candidates with the framework needed to administer assessments, and use the information from formal and informal measures to develop appropriate literacy instruction that meets the needs of every student in P-12 classrooms. Critical to this course is the candidate need to reflect on personal beliefs about reading assessment and the relationship to their own teaching and learning. This course requires a 15 hour practicum experience.
 

Required Texts:

  • McKenna, M.C., & Stahl, Katherine.  (2008).  Assessment for Reading Instruction. (2nd ed.) New York:  Guilford Press.
  • Thompkins, G. E.  (2009). Literacy for the 21st century/ (5th  ed.) New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall.  
  • Leslie, L.  & Caldwell, J.  (2010) Qualitative Reading Inventory- 5. Pearson: Allyn and Bacon, ISBN-13: 9780137019236.
  • Georgia Performance Standards (2004) www.gadoe.org

 ** (Optional) Thompkins, G.E. (2009). Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth Through Eighth Graders. (2nd ed.)New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall 

                                                  

 

Course 3: Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 of 3)
(50 contact hours)
This course is designed to provide candidates with a conceptual and instructional framework based for teaching reading and writing in the content areas. Realizing that much of what is read involves informational texts (e.g., books, magazines, newspaper, instructions, directions, textbooks, guides, and other content sources), this course will provide candidates with research-based strategies to help readers comprehend such text structures. Essential to this course is the interrelationship between reading and writing in all grades K-12.

Required Texts:

  • Robb, Laura.  (2003). Teaching reading in social studies, science, and math: Practical ways to weave comprehension into your content area teaching.  New York: Scholastic.
  • Allen, Janet.  (2008).  More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy.  Stenhouse Publishers.
  • Portaloupi, Joann. & Fletcher, Ralph.  (2001)  Nonfiction Craft Lesson: Teaching Information Writing K-8.
  • Georgia Performance Standards (2004).  www.gadoe.org

CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM’S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OR CONTENT AREA COORDINATOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMS.

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