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Offered each Fall Semester

ADTED 456:  Introduction to Family Literacy introduces the concept of family literacy within the home and by programs that provide family literacy services, with a focus on examining key components of family literacy: adult education, early childhood education, parent education, and interactive literacy activities among parents and children. The course also attends to issues such as racial/ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity among families; program improvement; and professional development. The course is informed by numerous research studies.

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

  • Understand the family literacy concepts, models, and components supporting families.

  • Develop a family literacy program that provides each family with literacy services that meet their family goals.

  • Appreciate the diversity of families who receive family literacy services.

  • Understand the value and importance of case management.

  • Understand the need for data and how it can inform professional development and program improvement.

  • Understand the need for strong community collaborations to support advocacy and policy.

Course Topics

  ~  Introduction to Family Literacy
  ~  Research in Family Literacy
  ~  Models of Family Literacy
  ~  Early Childhood Education and Adult Education
  ~  Parent Education
  ~  Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA)
  ~  Case Management
  ~  Data, Professional Development, and  Program Improvement
  ~  Collaboration, Advocacy, and Policy
  ~  Diversity