Read to Succeed legislation requires that all K-12 teachers in South Carolina complete the Read to Succeed Endorsement. One route to complete this endorsement is by taking four literacy graduate courses.
Why Read to Succeed Courses at SWU?
- SWU has a statewide reputation for preparing quality educators in South Carolina.
- Courses are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education to meet the R2S requirements (source)
- Courses can be taken fully online.
- Courses can be taken as stand-alone courses or as electives within the M.Ed. in Classroom Leadership program.
2022-2023 Course Schedule (PDF)
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R2S Endorsement Coursework
This is a R2S course designed to give an overview of reading and its curricular implications for Read to Succeed. Emphasis is placed on current theoretical and evidence-based foundations in place for the reading and writing processes and instruction. All participants will recognize theories in reading and writing; explain language and reading development; have knowledge and demonstrate understanding of proven strategies; exhibit affirmative dispositions related to their own reading and writing; and understand external influences on the policies regarding reading. The continued importance of professional learning and leadership as a career-long process is stressed. This course will emphasize the following SC Literacy Competencies for PreK-5th grade: Standard 1- Foundational Knowledge; 6- Professional Learning and Leadership. Includes a 12 hour practicum.
This is a R2S course designed to assist participants broaden and deepen their understanding of the reading and writing progression with assessment and evaluation of the reading and writing processes. Participants will have a repertoire of different types of assessments and their characteristics; formative and summative assessments and the administration and interpretation; the use of assessment information to plan, evaluate, and adapt instruction; and the communication of assessment results and implications to varied audiences. This course will emphasize the following SC Literacy Competencies for PreK-5th grade: Standard 3-Assessment of Reading. Includes a 12 hours practicum.
This is a R2S course designed to demonstrate to participants instructional approaches and materials that will assist with implementing an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing in K-5. The participants will be able to design and implement a complete and balanced curriculum while using content knowledge; implementing appropriate and a variety of instructional strategies; understanding the value of the K-5 student’s background and prior knowledge; making connections for reading and writing with other disciplines by integrating instruction; using a variety of texts and formats; organizing instructional time based on proven best strategies and scaffolding for both oral and written language; encouraging students’ communication by introducing and building vocabulary for K-5 students; encouraging fluency in reading through practice with varied texts. This course will emphasize the following SC Literacy Competencies for PreK-5th grade: Standard 2-Curriculum and Instruction. Includes a 12 hours practicum.
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This course is a R2S course designed so 6-12 teachers can acquire strategies to improve student reading comprehension and writing skills. Class members will participate in activities and strategies to help students be better able to read and understand information content area material and ideas and writing. This course will emphasize the following SC Literacy Competencies for Middle and Secondary: Standard 1: Foundational Knowledge; Standard 2 Curriculum and Instruction; Standard 3: Assessment and Evaluation; Standard 4- Diversity; Assessment 5-Literate Environment; Standard 6-Professional Learning and Leadership. Includes a 12 hour practicum.
This course is a R2S course designed so K-5 teachers can acquire strategies to improve student reading comprehension and writing skills. Class members will participate in activities and strategies to help students be better able to read and understand information content area material and ideas and writing. The participants will be able to recognize and build the instruction on the K-5 students’ cultural and linguistic diversity including special needs and dual language learners; be an advocate for impartiality; optimize the use of both print and digital media; support practices that foster reading; This course will emphasize the following SC Literacy Competencies for PreK-5th grade: Standard 4-Diversity; Assessment 5-Literate Environment; Standard 7-Dual Language Learners (English Language Learners). Includes a 12 hour practicum.