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General Course Information for TED621B: Reading/Lang. Arts Methods

Course: TED621B - Reading/Lang. Arts Methods
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Multiple Subject Candidates use research-based theories and strategies to design and implement a balanced and comprehensive program of instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening based on state adopted Content Standards and Reading/Language Arts Framework for California Public Schools. Prepares candidates for TPAs and RICA. It is strongly recommended students take RICA examination after completion of this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the ability to select, administer, and interpret a variety of informal and formal oral language, reading and language arts assessment instruments for planning, organizing, managing, and differentiating classroom instruction and to communicate assessment data to students, parents, guardians, school personnel (e.g., school counselor, reading specialist). (Unit 1)
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, and manage reading instruction by ensuring timely interventions, selecting and using instructional materials to create a learning environment that promotes reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. (Unit 1) (Unit 2) (Unit 3) (Unit 4)
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan implicit, explicit, and systematic instruction for all learners in (a.) phonemic awareness and oral language development addressing listening and speaking skills; (b.) concepts about print and letter recognition addressing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills (Unit 1) (Unit 2) (Unit 3) (Unit 4)
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan explicit and systematic instruction for all learners in phonics and other word identification strategies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan explicit and systematic instruction for all learners in vocabulary, and fluency.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide explicit instruction and guided independent practice in developing lifelong independent readers by engaging students in using comprehension skills and strategies that are determined by the purpose for reading different types of material and texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess students' responses to a variety of literary works representing a wide range of genres and to model and explicitly teach comprehension strategies that can be used to clarify the meaning of texts.
  • Given assessment information about a variety of students, plan and implement appropriate instructional strategies to improve each student's reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and submit into electronic portfolio as signature assignment.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures