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EDRD 317, Diagnosis and Remediation of

Reading Disabilities, Version 2

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Nancy Douglas

Instructor: Dr. Nancy E. Douglas

Dr. Douglas is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at The University of Mississippi.

She received her Bachelors degree in Secondary Mathematics and Special Education; Masters degree in Special Education; and Doctorate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading instruction, all from The University of Mississippi. On campus she teaches courses in reading and special education.

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

There is little disagreement among teachers, students, and parents about the importance of reading. Most school subjects require reading comprehension in textbooks and other printed materials. Success in adult life is often dependent upon individuals’ abilities to understand written . And, for many people at any age, reading is a source of recreation and entertainment.

These values underscore the importance of effective reading instruction. It has become a truism in education that “every teacher should be a teacher of reading.” Unfortunately, many teachers in elementary as well as secondary schools do not know how to determine which of their pupils are capable readers and which need additional individualized instruction.

This course will help the student become competent in the administration of informal classroom diagnostic instruments to assess children’s needs and in the use of that information to plan remedial activities.

Textbook Information:


Gunning, Thomas G. (2014) Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties, Fifth Edition

Boston, MA, Allyn and Bacon, A Pearson Education Company. ISBN 10: 0133388174

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to): 

  • apply information from the Mississippi Reading Reform Model (MRRM), Reading First, and the Mississippi Language Arts Framework (MLAF) to instructional planning (INTASC 4,7) (ACEI 5.1).

  • identify, discuss, and use selected informal tests of general reading assessment (INTASC 8) (IRA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) (IRA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) (ACEI 4). 

  • identify and use an appropriate informal assessment of writing (INTASC 8) (IRA 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) (ACEI 4).

  • identify and discuss intervention strategies for word identification (sight words, context clues, structural analysis), phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, the writing process, and comprehension skills (INTASC 4,7) (IRA 2.2, 2.3) (ACEI 2.1, 3.1).

  • develop and implement (in a tutorial setting) reading/writing interventions based on the identified individual reading needs of a diverse learner (INTASC 1,4,7) (IRA 2.3, 4.1) (ACEI 3.1,3.2).

  • demonstrate the use of the Internet to research and obtain reading strategies and assessments. (INTASC 4, 5, 6, 9, 10) (IRA 2.1, 2.2, 4.2)

Course Outline:

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson Zero

Literacy Activity

Article Critique

Lesson One

Chapter 1: Introduction to Literacy Difficulties

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Lesson Two

Chapter 2: Factors Involved in Reading and Writing Difficulties

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Three

Chapter 3: Overview of Assessment

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Placing Students and Monitoring Progress

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Lesson Five

Chapter 5: Assessment of Reading and Writing Processes

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Six

Chapter 6: Assessment of Cognitive, School, and Home Factors

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Seven

Chapter 7: Emergent Literacy and Prevention Programs

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Mid Course Exam

Proctored exam covering Chapter 1 through Chapter 7

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eight

Chapter 8: Teaching Phonics, High-Frequency Words, and Fluency

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Nine

Chapter 9: Syllabic, Morphemic, Contextual, and Dictionary Strategies

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Ten

Chapter 10: Building Vocabulary

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Lesson Eleven

Chapter 11: Building Comprehension

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Lesson Twelve

Chapter 12: Reading to Learn and Remember in the Content Areas

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 13: Building Writing Strategies

Lesson Assignment

Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 14: Tier II and III Programs

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Lesson Fifteen

Chapter 15: Organization of Early Intervention and Corrective Programs

Literacy activity, Lesson assessment

Final Exam

Proctored exam covering Chapter 8 through Chapter 15

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


92 - 100% = A
83 - 91% = B
74 - 82% = C
65 - 73% = D
Below 65% = F

Grading Information
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Lesson Assignments (15 @ 50 points each) and Literary Activities (8 @ 5 points each): 33%
Mid-course (100 points): 33% and Final Exam (100 points): 33%

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