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Inquiry for Transformational Reading Instruction (with Endorsement)

UNF Graduate Certificate

Purpose:

The University of North Florida's (UNF) Inquiry for Transformational Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate (ITRI) is a collaboration between UNF's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) and the UNF Professional Development School Network. The certificate is configured to build on the unique strengths of in-service teachers while simultaneously completing the requirements of the state approved Reading Endorsement course sequence needed to obtain the Reading Endorsement in the state of Florida.

Description:

The Certificate represents leading-edge, research-based customized professional development and graduate coursework designed for a cohort of PDS mentor and in-service teachers (minimum 15 students). Teachers will be prepared as exemplary reading instructors equipped with standards-based core professional competencies and an inquiry stance towards their teaching. Teacher inquiry will be integrated throughout the professional development experiences.

Goals:

  • Teachers will implement and inquiry into classroom practices that address core FEAP and CAST competencies (e.g., inquiry-based teaching, problem-based instruction, effective accountability measures, TESOL strategies, and literacy instruction).
  • Teachers will utilize research-based professional learning practices (e.g., explicit analysis of practice through teacher inquiry, facilitation of research-supported teaching practices) in order to positively impact student outcomes.

Upon completion of the Inquiry for Transformational Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate, admitted participants may apply the credits completed towards a COEHS master degree.

Certificate Components

Component 1

The first component provides a professional development experience that is centered on high quality teacher instructional decision-making. This professional development will be facilitated by University of North Florida COEHS faculty at the PDS site of choice. The professional development will occur over five on-site sessions in the early Fall of 2018 and will serve as the foundation for the certificate. UNF facilitators will hold a preliminary planning meeting at the PDS site with leadership and teachers prior to the professional development. The purpose of this meeting will be to gain a sense of the PDS candidate specific school contexts, backgrounds of the participants, student populations, and other relevant data that will help to inform the design of the professional development and course content. Teacher inquiry will be utilized as the vehicle for participants to systematically and intentionally examine their practice around scientific-based literacy instruction and multi-sensory input reading instruction. The Florida Department of Education guidelines for Reading Competencies will inform all aspects of this program.

 

Teachers will engage in an inquiry around one of these key aspects of their practice. Successful completers of this initial professional development will earn a Teacher Inquiry Badge and may apply for graduate study as a part of the second component of the program.

Component 2

The second program component involves graduate coursework in the Inquiry for Transformational Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate. Participants (unless they are registered as post-baccalaureates) must meet Graduate School requirements of a 3.0 GPA.

 

Program of Study: 12 credit hours (All courses will build upon the knowledge and skills developed in the fall semester teacher inquiry professional development.)

Fall 2018 (3 credits)

RED6000: Language and Cognitive Foundations for Reading

Competency Area A: Understanding reading as a process of student engagement in both fluent decoding of words and construction of meaning.

Spring 2019 (6 credits)

RED6546: Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities

Competency Area B: Administration and interpretation of instructional assessments to include screening, diagnosis, and progress monitoring with the purpose of prevention, identification, and remediation of reading difficulties.

 

RED6656: Advanced Foundations of Reading

Competency AREA A: understanding reading as a process of student engagement in both fluent decoding of words and construction of meaning;

Summer 2019 (6 credits)

RED6548: Remediation of Reading Disabilities

Competency Area C: Understanding how to prescribe, differentiate instruction, and utilize appropriate strategies and materials based upon scientifically based reading research in order to address the prevention, identification, and remediation of reading difficulties in order to increase reading performance.

 

READ5846: Practicum in Reading

Competency Area D: Supervised practicum to obtain practical experience in increasing the reading performance of a student(s) with the prescription and utilization of appropriate strategies and materials based on reading research to address the prevention, identification, and remediation of reading difficulties.

 

August 2019 Inquiry for Transformational Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate Completed

 

Conversion to Masters Degree - Upon successful completion of the certificate, participants will have completed approximately 1/3 of the coursework within a masters degree and the participants will be eligible to seek enrollment into and complete an aligned UNF masters degree (e.g., Master of Education in Professional Education, Master in Advanced Teaching and Learning, or Master of Arts in Teaching).