This course focuses on promoting and understanding the development of literacy among a wide range of learners in the primary grades, including but not limited to those identified as English Language learners, delayed readers, or students with special needs. Students are expected to develop a working knowledge of the scientific and theoretical bases for current approaches to teaching and assessing literacy learners in accordance with state and national standards. Emphasis is placed on examining the curricular, instructional and evaluative elements to various approaches to literacy, and the ways in which they address the areas of phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and composition specifically. Students will examine a variety of instructional and assessment techniques through discussion, critique, and administration. Students will also explore the use of literature to enhance literacy learning for all students. A seven-hour field experience is required. Students must obtain fingerprint clearance prior to beginning field experiences.