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Course SummaryUse this comprehensive study guide to prepare for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Reading Specialist exam. Our short video lessons and quizzes on language, literary genres, spelling and more can aid you in reviewing material and successfully answering exam questions.
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About This Course
Use this course to help you review topics related to reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary in preparation for the MTTC Reading Specialist exam. Michigan uses this test as a condition for adding a reading specialist endorsement to a teacher's certification. Our study guide offers comprehensive lessons that will help you prepare for exam questions on topics such as emergent language, vocabulary development, planning curriculum and more.
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Syllabus & Course Information
All of the materials that are assessed on the MTTC Reading Specialist exam can be found in the lessons included in this course. Work at your own pace as you study literacy research, reading issues and legal issues in education. Once you finish this course, you should be able to:
- Describe language development and acquisition
- Identify literary genres
- Teach spelling effectively
- Discuss oral and written communication
- Plan and create assessments
- Explain legalities in education
- Use strategies for teaching reading, listening and speaking
- Develop successful curricula
- Ensure classroom diversity
- Outline tools for professional development
Made up of 236 lessons in 27 chapters, this test prep course is accessible on any mobile device or computer 24 hours a day. To make sure you've understood what you've learned, take the lesson quizzes and chapter tests to assess yourself.
MTTC Reading Specialist Exam Information
The MTTC Reading Specialist exam is used to assess the knowledge of prospective reading specialists in the state of Michigan.
- Number of Questions: 100 questions
- Question Type: Multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: Two hours and 30 minutes for the computer-based test
- Exam Cost: $130
MTTC Reading Specialist Exam Breakdown
|MTTC Reading Specialist Exam Concept||Percent of the MTTC Reading Specialist Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Meaning & Communication||16%||16 questions||17|
|Genres and Craft of Literature and Language||14%||14 questions||54|
|Skills and Processes||16%||16 questions||17|
|Professional, Program & Curriculum Development||20%||20 questions||60|
MTTC Reading Specialist Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide gives an overview of many of the topics that may appear on the MTTC Reading Specialist exam. You probably encountered most of them in your college classes, but there may be a few new facts presented, too. Our instructors will help you refresh your knowledge of how children develop language skills, ways to teach reading and how to promote an enjoyment of reading in your students. You'll look at the structures of language, go over ways to help students with learning disabilities and see how to promote professional growth in yourself and your colleagues. After each lesson is a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your learning.
This test is offered four times a year at locations throughout Michigan. The regular registration date is about six weeks prior to the test day; you can register later, but there will be additional fees. To register, you must create an account at the MTTC website. You'll be asked some personal information, including your Social Security number, and the names of any institutions you wish to be notified of your scores. You must choose a test site and make payment at this time, too.
After your registration has been processed, you will be e-mailed an admission ticket. Print it and bring it with you on test day, along with a government-issued photo ID and several sharpened #2 pencils.
MTTC Reading Specialist Exam Scoring
Your score report will be available on the MTTC website about four weeks after you take the test. You can also ask to have your scores e-mailed. The institutions you chose at registration will also be notified at this time. The passing score is 220.
Meaning and Communication
Percentage of test questions: 16%
Exam topics covered: The reading process, the nature of language, systems of language, language use in various settings, language acquisition, reading development, the relationships between the English language arts and factors that influence language development and literacy
What you'll study: Our comprehensive study guide looks at the definition of language, development of language skills in infants and children and the impact of environment and culture on language development.
Genres and Craft of Literature and Language
Percentage of test questions: 14%
Exam topics covered: Children's and young adult literature, ways to incorporate literature in reading instruction, how to teach students to interpret literature, characteristics of various genres and methods of using textual aids and mechanics to determine meaning
What you'll study: These video lessons explore topics including the history of children's literature, literary motifs, narrators in literature, steps in analyzing a literary passage, characteristics of various types of literary genres, fantasy literature, epic poetry, and comedy and tragedy in literature.
Skills and Processes
Percentage of test questions: 16%
Exam topics covered: Ways to encourage students to read on their own, technologies that support literacy, stages of oral language, steps in second language acquisition, how to promote literacy as a lifelong skill, strategies for reading comprehension and study tips
What you'll study: Our study guide looks at phonological development in children, ways to teach phonics, pragmatics, how to encourage a love of reading, tips for setting up a classroom library, methods for helping students improve study skills, media literacy and time management.
Percentage of test questions: 20%
Exam topics covered: Methodologies to teach reading, writing, listening and speaking, how to enhance student reading, oral and written comprehension, promotion of vocabulary development and ways to create an environment that empowers literacy learners, including students with special needs
What you'll study: Discover how to establish an environment that supports literacy development and explore steps for learning to read. Learn more about the alphabetic principle and absorb strategies for helping students develop reading habits, teaching reading comprehension, organizing the classroom, teaching vocabulary words and listening skills, highlighting the stages in the listening process and teaching students to write clear sentences.
Percentage of test questions: 14%
Exam topics covered: Basic assessment methods and instruments, how to align assessment practices with curriculum and literacy goals, ways to evaluate students' ability to read, state assessments, how to discuss student progress with parents, colleagues and the students themselves and how to show students ways to assess their own abilities
What you'll study: Our study guide examines topics including types of assessments, how assessments can be used and misused, phonics assessments, phonemic awareness, methods of assessing reading comprehension, how to analyze data for assessments and testing bias.
Professional, Program and Curriculum Development
Percentage of test questions: 20%
Exam topics covered: Ways to teach students with reading difficulties, how to help with individualized education plans for students with severe learning problems tied to literacy, how to encourage students to appreciate other cultures and languages, ways to promote community involvement in literacy programs, advantages of joining professional organizations, how to implement professional development programs for teachers and paraprofessionals, ways for reading specialists to participate in curriculum development and how to analyze and apply literary research findings
What you'll study: Differentiated instruction, ways to teach reading to special needs students, how to utilize community resources to promote reading, the role of a reading specialist, how to maintain records and reports, professional organizations, curriculum design, ability grouping and gifted education are among the topics our practice guide.
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