The course will address the research, theory, and instructional practices related to learning, teaching, and assessing literacy in the elementary classroom. Emphasis will be given to assessing students and classes and using assessment to inform instruction, using literacy with content material, and incorporating technology and literacy. Focus is on the teacher as decision-maker in the elementary classroom. Candidates will learn specific strategies for helping students with diverse learning needs (ELL, learning disabilities, academically gifted) extend their understanding of literacy. Candidates will also learn how to collaborate with school specialists and families to meet the literacy learning needs of all students. Approximately eight hours of daytime focused field experiences (observations, student assessments, and lessons) at a partner school are required. Prerequisites: ENG-320, EDU-310. Corequisite: EDU-404.