Early and Emergent Literacy

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Course Description:
This course familiarizes students with early literacy development and conditions promoting total literacy from birth through lower elementary grades. All aspects of literacy are explored: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 10 hours of practicum and practice teaching are required; restricted to grades K-2 only.

Course Details




Casey Dowgul



Required textbooks/ course materials:

McGee, Lea & Richgels, Donald.  Literacy’s Beginnings: Supporting Young Readers and Writers, Pearson, 6/e, 2011.  ISBN: 9780132617659


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify strategies and practice instructional methods of research-based strategies for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension

Examine and understand the developmental nature of literacy and oral language

Explain the connection between oral language development and later success in learning to read and write

Explore organizational models for and within classrooms to promote early literacy development

Familiarize self with materials and assessment tools for early literacy        






Task 10.15A - RU
MA 1-5 Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignment
MA 7 Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignment
MA 8 Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignment

Task CC4B - RU
MA 6 Writing Assignment

MA 6 Writing Assignment

Task 10.15A – RU
Task CC4B – RU
MA 8 Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignment

Task 10.15A - RU
Task CC4B - RU
MA 1-5 Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignment


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and on-line (Canvas) materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K – 6 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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