Rochester College’s new reading course, Diagnosis and Differentiated Instruction in Reading, has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education to fulfill requirements allowing students to advance to a Professional Education Certificate. In accordance with the Michigan Revised School Code, the class explores varied dimensions of literacy that dynamically interact to influence literacy learning.

The class will offer opportunities to develop analytic and assessment practices such as interest inventories, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and writing assessment tools. The course facilitates discovery and implementation of the best instructional practices in intervention and differentiated instruction related to: English language learning, phonemics, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing and in all areas of literacy.

A practicum experience n a classroom setting is required for participants in the course. Participants will develop a case study presenting an analysis of the literacy strengths and weaknesses of actual students. Using diagnostic assessments, they will determine the best method of instruction for these students’ individual literacy learning needs.

The course will be offered on the main campus of Rochester College, beginning on March 7, 2012 and ending on May 16, 2012. Classes run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays during that time. Tuition for this three-credit course is $570. To register, visit www.rc.edu/reading.