ADTED 458: Early Literacy Development

Offered each Fall Semester

ADTED 458:  Early Literacy Development focuses on young children’s language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development; research related to how children acquire language, reading, and writing skills; how to encourage language and literacy development through play and technology; and the role of assessment in the classroom.

Learning Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the development of early language and literacy, and the important role parents have in influencing children’s transformation into successful readers and writers.
  • Describe how teachers can support children’s language and literacy development by:
    • Understanding children’s language and literacy development
    • Learning how to create a classroom that supports children’s learning
    • Providing support to all learners.

Course Topics

  • Children’s Early Language and Literacy development
    • Oral Language Development, including vocabulary development, phonological awareness, and alphabet knowledge
    • Print Knowledge
    • Comprehension and Fluency
    • Emergent Writing
    • Impact of Read Alouds
    • Family Partnerships Between Home and School
    • Influence of Play
    • Working with Diverse Learners
    • The Role of Technology
    • Assessment in the Classroom