Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration with Endorsement Option

The Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration focuses on reading theory and pedagogy in a wide range of contexts, from fostering emergent literacy development to working with readers who struggle and to supporting the literacy skills of English Language Learners.  Certified Washington State teachers in any endorsement area may earn a Reading Endorsement by successfully completing additional coursework beyond the 16 credits for the concentration.  

Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration Requirements:

The curriculum for the Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration at UW Bothell is comprised of four (4) courses for a total of 16 credits.  Any graduate level student may take one or more of these courses, however, check course description first for prerequisites.  Click here to review the Degree Requirements for all M.Ed. Students.


B EDUC 508 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3cr)

Builds an understanding of how young children (ages 4-8) develop literate behaviors, and how teachers can support this development. Explores emergent literacy behaviors, oral language development, building a literate identity, phonemic awareness, decoding, reading comprehension, spelling, and writing.

B EDUC 510 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (5 cr)

Helps teachers meet the educational and linguistic needs of students with diverse needs or limited English language skills. Emphasizes instructional strategies consistent with a variety of approaches to curriculum adaptation and second-language learning. Examines strategies for classroom adaptation.

B EDUC 511 Reading Practicum:  Responsive Small Group Instruction (5 cr)

Examines theory, research, and practice in relation to elements of responsive reading instruction including assessment, word identification, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and ownership. Applies learning to practice through small group reading instruction for elementary-grade children at local, school-based summer reading program. (Offered in Summer)

B EDUC 517 Working with Readers who Struggle Grades 3-8 (3 cr)

Develops the strategies and understandings necessary for effective assessment and instruction of struggling readers in grades 3-8. Focuses on classroom-based assessments and their benefits for informing individual or whole class reading instruction.

Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration with Reading Endorsement 

The curriculum for the Literacy Assessment and Instruction Concentration with Reading Endorsement at UW Bothell is comprised of seven courses for a total of 25 credits.  In addition to completing the four courses for the concentration, students must choose three of the five electives for the Reading Endorsement Option.

B EDUC 521 Using Multicultural Literature in the Classroom (3cr)

The dimensions of multicultural education serve as a framework for educators to review and compile bibliographies of books and compile bibliographies of books that can be used with students in the classroom. Discusses books for children and adults. Discussion and reflection on concepts such as essentialism and representation. Selection and evaluation of books to infuse multicultural content into the curriculum.

B EDUC 534 Current Issues in Literacy Research (3 cr)

Explores current research examining issues of literacy development and instruction. Considers research design, data analysis, study findings, and classroom implications from a critical practitioner-oriented perspective.

B EDUC 535 Writing Across the Curriculum (3 cr)

Explores instructional strategies designed to guide students in acquiring and developing writing skills across the curriculum. Emphasizes preparing materials to use in single subject-area teaching as well as developing as a writer to effectively model and scaffold writing instruction.

B EDUC 537 Assessment (3 cr)

Analyzes the development, use, and interpretation of classroom-based assessments, including student self-assessment. Explores concepts of validity, reliability, and appropriate use in relationship to both classroom-based and commercial assessments. Critiques use of assessment in relation to goals of equity, educational quality, and accountability.

B EDUC 538 Adolescent Literacy (3 cr)

Examines current issues, research, and innovations in adolescent literacy research and practice. Considers the issues of motivation, comprehension, vocabulary, and multiple literacies including technology and home-school connections. Examines articles by research and teacher leaders in the field.


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