This course presents the fundamentals of reading theory, instruction and assessment. Teaching strategies based on current special education methods and materials will be presented. Emphasis is placed on the development and utilization of a broad spectrum of pedagogical methodologies designed to foster reading literacy. Diagnostic, prescriptive and evaluative techniques appropriate to the child with disabilities are addressed. Critical assessment of commercial reading and other language arts programs/materials is included. A minimum of 10 hours of field experience required.