School Based Literacy Leadership – EDRS 650

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/03/2022

Course Description

An investigation of research-based intervention for reading programs. The role of the reading specialist to the total school program is also examined. Field experience required.


EDRS 659


Leadership in literacy is vital in every school.  The focus of this course is to develop reading specialists who lead the way through demonstrating multiple leadership roles and guiding stakeholders to ensure all students will reach their potential in literacy development.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Apply theories and models of programs in chosen program area.
  2. Evaluate materials for teaching programs in chosen program area.
  3. Formulate instructional strategies to enhance the success of all learners in programs in chosen program area.
  4. Analyze current professional literature regarding developmental programs in chosen program area.
  5. Utilize technology to enhance program effectiveness in chosen program area area.
  6. Integrate Christian and professional principles throughout the course.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, presentations, and specialist standards

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Quiz: Course Overview

A short quiz is presented to establish the expectations of this course. A list of overview questions will be provided.

Discussions (3)

Each candidate will participate in 3 Discussions. Each thread must be 350–400 words, and the 2 replies must be at least 150 words each. (MLO: A, B, C, E)

Essays (4)

The candidate will write 4 essays of 2-3 pages each in current APA format. There will be 1 essay for each of the 4 reading assignments. (MLO: A, B, C, E, F)

Projects (4)

There are 4 projects to complete, 1 for each of the 4 reading assignments. Topics will be assigned according to the candidate's reading specialty. Each project must include a practical application that could be used in a school as a program specialist. (MLO: A, B, C, E, F)

Field Experience (2 five-hour different placements)

Field Experience Plan Form – The candidate will create a plan for interviewing two different reading specialists. Each placement will be five hours in length and include an interview, observation, and curricula analysis. The plan will identify all of the information of the field placement.

Field Experience: Interview with Questions and Answers & Curricula Analysis (2) – Each candidate will conduct an interview using the questions program for two different reading specialists and record the interview in writing. Each candidate will also analyze one or two curricula used by the reading specialist at each placement. A full analysis of the 2 interviews will be a part of the final Synthesis Essay. (MLO: A, C, D, E)

Specialist Competency Reflection

The candidate will complete a two-paragraph essay reflection on the competencies and standards utilized in the course which demonstrate professional expectations. The reflection must answer the questions posed in the Assignment Instructions folder.  (MLO: A, B, C)

Synthesis Essay

Each candidate will write a 6-9 page essay on the roles of a reading specialist. This paper must follow current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)