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ED 309 Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to offer the prospective Early Childhood teacher a developmental overview of methods, assessments and instructional techniques to support and develop early literacy and the teaching of reading and language arts in and integrated manner. Emphasis is given to both theoretical and practical development as students work in a primary classroom applying various methods and instructional techniques. A field experience of thirty hours in a primary classroom is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of a C (2.00) prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: ED 132. Cumulative GPA of 2.70 prerequisite or corequisite of ED 232. (Fall semester, junior year).


The Mount Mercy Education program prepares reflective teachers and leaders informed by scholarship, grounded in best practice, enriched by caring, and committed to responsive service in the “Mercy Tradition.” In order to achieve this mission, Mount Mercy provides for each prospective teacher a program of core curriculum, concentration in a major field of learning, varied field based experiences and a sequence of education courses leading to professional licensure by the State of Iowa. The curriculum for the Education majors, including endorsement areas, is under regulation and accreditation from the Department of Education in Iowa and is subject to change upon changes in regulation made by the State.