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Undergraduate Special Education Program


Spring 2013 - Program Rating - Early Reading - Earned Score 4 stars

The research based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials, such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of the program's required reading courses-not just some courses-should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program meets the standard because its coursework covers all five of the components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies.


The following courses constitute the Special Education literacy requirements in:

  • Phonemic Awareness (EDR 308, EDR 441)
  • Phonics (EDR 308, EDR 441)
  • Fluency (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDR 407, EDR 441)
  • Vocabulary (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474)
  • Comprehension Strategies (EDR 308, EDR 311, EDR 344, EDU 345, EDU 346, EDR 407, EDR 441, EDR 474).

EDR 308. Early Literacy Instruction I: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 311. Early Literacy Instruction II: (3 hours) A study of concepts, materials, and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 344. Literature for Children: (3 hours) A study of the classic and current literature for children in print and non-print media. The integration of literature into the elementary school curriculum is emphasized. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 407. Communication in the Elementary school: (3 hours) Emphasis is placed on helping the elementary teacher develop skill in teaching oral and written communication skills. The use of an integrated approach with an emphasis on children's literature is stressed. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDU 311, EDU 345, EDU 346. This class may be online enhanced. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

EDR 441. Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disability: (3 hours) A study of the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities. Students diagnose and evaluate the skills of an individual child in a clinical setting and develop and carry out a plan of remediation based on the diagnosis. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and admission to teacher education. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDR 474. Reading in the Middle and Secondary School: (3 hours) The development of reading skills in the content areas is explored. Emphasis is on helping the middle and secondary school student read more effectively. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

CONTENT PEDAGOGY COURSES meet literacy requirements in:

  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension.

EDU 345. Social Studies in the Elementary School: (3 hours) The scope and sequence of the elementary social studies curriculum is examined. An emphasis is placed on the development of concepts and generalizations appropriate for the elementary child. A field experience in an elementary school is a component of this course. Prerequisites: social science core. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg

EDU 346. Science in the Elementary school: (3 hours) An integrated approach to teaching science through discovery and hands-on experiences. A field experience in an elementary school is a component of this course. Prerequisites: Science core. Link to Syllabus (Hattiesburg)

EDU 440. Kindergarten Education and Practicum (3 hours) A study of appropriate educational practices and programs in kindergarten with an emphasis on Mississippi guidelines. The class includes seminars and teaching experiences in a local kindergarten class. Prerequisites: EDR 308, EDR 311, and Admission to Teacher Education. Link to Syllabus Hattiesburg