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Literacy (Reading)

Non–Literacy Graduate Students

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Literacy (Reading)

35 W. Rosedale Ave
108B Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Phone: 610-436-2877
Fax: 610-436-3102

Department Chairperson:
Dr. Carol A. Smith
108B Recitation Hall

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Diane Santori
108B Recitation Hall

Graduate Students

Literacy graduate courses emphasize the importance of assessing students’ literacy strengths and needs. As a graduate student in a non–Literacy program, you will gain expertise in developing and implementing successful literacy and language interventions for students needing extra support in strengthening their reading skills.

Literacy graduate courses will enhance your graduate work by teaching you the development of language competencies: writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visual representation, as well as:


  • how to design appropriate literacy instruction
  • comprehension
  • how to help learners develop 21st Century literacy skills
  • word–level knowledge
  • major theories of language and literacy
  • content area literacy for students with disabilities
  • response to intervention
  • literacy acquisition and development for students with disabilities
  • fluency
  • literacy instruction in children’s literature
  • vocabulary development
  • how to honor learners’ multicultural diversity
  • the link between language, learning, and literacy


Graduate Students in Non-Literacy Programs

If you are a graduate student in a program other than Literacy, please read about EDR Course Offerings for Non–Literacy Graduate Students . This sheet provides course information about EDR offerings for non-Literacy graduate students, such as:

  • course descriptions
  • prerequisites
  • when each course is typically offered
  • course attributes
  • important course–specific enrollment tips/procedures