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RDG 5340 - Connecting Reading and Writing in the Classroom

Note:  This is a hybrid course consisting of in-class meetings AND online coursework.

This course includes an in-depth study of the interrelationship between reading and writing and their connections to oral language and thinking.  We will explore the complexities of reading and writing as they are orchestrated in a classroom that develops, celebrates and extends the language and literacy abilities of all students.  Topics to be covered include: the development of writing, appropriate instructional strategies to teach reading and writing to all students including ELL, formal and informal procedures for assessing and supporting students’ writing development, the writing process, writing for a variety of audiences, purposes and settings, and the benefits of using technology for teaching reading and writing to facilitate written communication.   

Instructor: Dr. Lori Czop Assaf

In-class Meetings:  Exact days, times and location will be announced by the course instructor. 

Approval:  This course will be offered to students accepted to attend the Writing for Texas and Central Texas Writing Project’s Yearlong Institute with Region 13.

Note:  For additional course information including CRN, semester start & end dates, and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Attention Students Applying for Graduate Courses:  All applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course(s) should first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Applying and Registering:  Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course, contact Dr. Lori Czop Assaf.

For more information about applying and registering for this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.


RDG 5370A - Special Topics:  New Literacy Studies

Note: This is an online course that requires no on-campus class meetings.

This course focuses on the field of New Literacy Studies.  The course will include an examination of diverse ways in which new technologies broaden and change the demands on what it means to be a literate citizen of the 21st century.  Emphasis will be on what educators define "digital writing" and how digital writing is addressed in school settings.  Recommended readings may be adjusted depending on the experience, teaching context, and needs of the CTWP Summer Institute participants.

Instructor: Dr. Liz Stephens

Note:  For specific course information including CRN, start & end dates, times, locations and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Attention Students Applying for Graduate Courses:  All applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course(s) should first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Applying and Registering:  Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course, contact Dr. Liz Stephens.

For more information about applying and registering for this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.


RDG 5370E - Writing Pedagogy in the P-12 Classroom

Note:  This is a hybrid course consisting of in-class meetings AND online coursework.

In this course, students will examine theories, research, and practice in writing instruction in P-12 classrooms. Students will write and reflect on their writing process and subsequently use this information to contribute to their students’ growth as writers. They will also examine and develop writing standards and curricula classroom at the district, state and national levels.

This course is intended for already certified classroom teachers and administrators and will be offered as an elective. This course will offer students the opportunity to become writing experts on their campus by studying research, theory, pedagogy, and curricula in writing for P-12 schools.  This class will consider how principles and practices in teaching writing apply across the life span, with specific attention to classroom instruction Pre-K through twelfth grade. This course will add to students’ advanced understanding of the writing process, writing in the content areas, and writing assessment. This course will provide an elective option for students who want to become experts in writing instruction and writing assessment.

Instructor: Dr. Lori Czop Assaf

In-class Meetings:  Exact days, times and location will be announced by the course instructor. 

Approval:  This course will be offered to students accepted to attend the Central Texas Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute.

Note:  For additional course information including CRN, semester start & end dates, and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Attention Students Applying for Graduate Courses:  All applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course(s) should first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Applying and Registering:  Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course, contact Dr. Lori Czop Assaf.

For more information about applying and registering for this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.


RDG 5380 - Independent Study in Reading Research

Important: Instructor Approval is Required to Register

This course focuses on the special needs of individual readers within the classroom setting, especially those with a diagnosis of dyslexia.  It includes a critical analysis and review of multisensory intervention programs for students diagnosed with dyslexia.  Prerequisites: Matriculated Reading Education graduate students, completion of Scottish Rite Language Foundations course.

Instructor: Dr. Gwynne Ash

Note:  For specific course information including CRN, start & end dates, times, locations and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Attention Students Applying for Graduate Courses:  All applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course(s) should first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Applying and Registering:  Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course, contact Dr. Gwynne Ash.

For more information about applying and registering for this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.