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Course SummaryUse our extensive study guide to help you prepare for the UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School proficiency exam. You can refer to this course to help familiarize yourself with literacy instruction strategies and approaches and classroom management techniques.
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About This Course
This comprehensive study guide is filled with video and text lessons that are designed to help you fully prepare for the UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School exam. In as little as two weeks, you can learn details that you can expect to be asked about on this exam. This is a quick and efficient way you can help yourself earn six transferable college credits.
In these lessons, you can review techniques and methods for guiding students toward developing writing, vocabulary, reading and language skills. You'll also find lessons devoted to children's literature, learning theories, classroom management practices and assessment methods. Detailed examples and definitions can lead to better understanding and retention of this material.
Syllabus & Course Information
Once you have completed your review of this study guide, you should have developed a deeper understanding of the teaching methods and strategies described in the objectives below.
- Examine different approaches to the learning process. Get to know some of the theories at the foundation of cognitive development.
- Explore various methods of educational instruction including top-down, bottom-up and whole-to-part strategies. Learn about the use of balanced literacy and schemas in education.
- Take a look at how language comprehension is developed and retained in a classroom setting. Explore environmental and cultural effects on language. Identify language terminology like phonics and phonemic awareness.
- Learn about the relationship between the different language arts. Discover the significance of written work including scribbling and print awareness.
- Examine the effects of culture on language development in the form of dialectical differences, bilingual and multicultural education, along with the ability of children to acquire additional languages.
- Engage in activities designed to enhance emergent reading. Understand the role of literature in learning to read and how to utilize lettering in teaching methods.
- Discover the use of context and vocabulary in understanding definitions. Learn about cueing systems and different reading techniques.
- Get to know different influences and literary genres and how they relate to meaning construction. Study the various instructional tools to construct meaning of words.
- Study vocabulary acquisition, the connection between vocabulary and reading comprehension, and techniques for teaching vocabulary.
- Learn the connections between reading and writing. Find some activities and strategies to encourage writing development.
- Examine the different approaches to literacy instruction including language experience, explicit and implicit phonics and literature-based approaches.
- Study ways to manage and organize a classroom setting. Learn about utilizing groups in literacy education, learning centers, and time-management strategies.
- Take a look at the methods available in the selection of instructional resources such as textbooks, technology and teacher-made materials.
- Learn the best ways for individualized instruction. Discover how to adapt learning to each student, evaluate students with special needs, and the reciprocal teaching approach.
- Find out how to cooperate with parents and the community-at-large to encourage development outside of the classroom
- Determine the methods and significance of educational assessment. Learn about evaluating writing samples and standardized tests.
- Examine examples of chapter books in children's literature.
- Take a peek at some illustrated children's books.
This is an upper-level course and students should have taken some previous lower-level education courses such as those covering topics in educational psychology, educational foundations and instructional planning. Classes addressing child development topics are also suggested.
This study guide consists of about 18 individual chapters that discuss theories, strategies and concepts in short, engaging video and texts lessons. Expert instructors guide you easily through the material and you can take self-assessment quizzes in each lesson that determines how much you have learned and retained. A final exam helps you measure your readiness in successfully completing the UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School exam.
UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School Exam Information
The UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School exam is designed to address all of the topics you would cover in courses taken over a two-semester period. Students can use the credit earned by passing this exam toward satisfying requirements in an educational degree program.
- Number of Questions: 130 questions
- Question Type: Mostly multiple choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Number of Credits: 6 credits
- Exam Cost: $470
UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Theoretical Frameworks||15%||20 questions||15|
|Emergent Literacy/Beginning Reading||15%||20 questions||22|
|Identifying and Understanding Words||15%||20 questions||9|
|Constructing Meaning: Comprehension and Response||15%||20 questions||10|
|Writing Instruction||15%||20 questions||9|
|The Teacher as Reflective Decision Maker: Implementing a Classroom Literacy Program||15%||20 questions||30|
|Assessment and Evaluation||10%||13 questions||12|
Earn UExcel Credit
You can earn six transferable college credits toward your earning your degree in education when taking the UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School exam. This can help you save money on tuition costs and even complete your particular program in a shorter amount of time.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School Exam
This course consists of about 13 hours of instruction. Study at your own pace and convenience with lessons that are accessible 24/7. Determine when you'll be ready for the exam by using the time table below.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||about 1.5 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 day a week||2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||4 weeks|
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