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From Elizabeth Liptak‘s article in IDA Perspectives, Fall 2012:
One of the goals of the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (IDA Standards) is to provide a comprehensive framework for course content and to highlight those programs that meet the criteria.
IDA selected programs for review whether or not they were undergraduate, graduate, general or special education programs. Only two of the nine programs recognized are undergraduate programs, four are in special education departments, and only one is available online (others incorporate some online delivery).
The review process was conducted from January through April 2012. Teams of three reviewers evaluated the programs, according to whether each item of the IDA Standards was included in the course syllabi, assigned readings, activities, projects for application (observations, data collection, role-play, or criteria, or critique of materials or instruction), and assessment of knowledge through exams, quizzes, and papers.
Programs were graded on 74 items (criteria) in the IDA Standards. These criteria are grouped into six sections that include knowledge of oral and written language; the structure of language; dyslexia and other learning disorders; assessment; and structured language teaching (phonology, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and written expression).
Programs were also rated on the supervised practicum they provide their students.
“The review process was such a powerful, reflective experience with knowledgeable partners that allowed us to step back and get a global view of our program,” says Amy Murdoch, PhD, and assistant professor at the College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati — one of the programs recognized by IDA.
An exemplary program is grounded in science-based research, balanced with practical application, delivered by knowledgeable faculty members who keep up with research and continually update their courses.
These faculty members continually look for new offerings that enrich and broaden student experience as they prepare for their professional lives. The quality of the student experience factors into the best programs.
The programs recognized by IDA actively engage in innovative partnerships that offer a variety of professional development options.
Nine Programs Recognized by IDA
- College of Mt St Joseph, Cincinnati OH — Programs reviewed: MA in Reading Science; Reading Endorsement. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree (MA in Reading Science), OH teaching license (Reading Endorsement). Website: http://www.msj.edu
- Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO — Programs reviewed: Master of Arts in Teaching; Literacy Intervention Specialist Program. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree. Website: http://www.coloradocollege.edu
- Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ — Programs reviewed: Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree. Website: http://www.fdu.edu
- MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA — Programs reviewed: MS in Speech-Language Pathology: Reading Concentration; and Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree (MS in Speech-Language Pathology); MA teaching license (Certificate in Advanced Study in Reading). Website: http://www.mghihp.edu
- Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA — Programs reviewed: MS in Special Education. Prerequisites: Teaching License. Website: http://www.sju.edu.
- Simmons College, Boston MA — Programs reviewed: MS in Education: Language and Literacy; and Education Specialist Degree: Language and Literacy. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree (MS Ed); MA (Education Specialist Degree). Website: http://www.simmons.edu
- Southeastern University, Lakeland FL — Programs reviewed: BS in Elementary Education; and BS/MEd in Exceptional Student Education. Prerequisites: none to apply. Website: http://www.seu.edu
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX — Programs reviewed: MEd in Reading and Writing. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree. Website: http://www.smu.edu
- University of Colorado, Colorado Springs CO — Programs reviewed: BA in Special Education; and MA in Special Education; and Dyslexia Specialist Certificate. Prerequisites: None (BA, MA); and Teaching License (Dyslexia Specialist Certificate). Website: http://www.uccs.edu
Source: article by Elizabeth Liptak, MA in IDA Perspectives in Language and Literacy (Fall 2012). Find the entire article there, pp.36-39.
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