This course examines the philosophical frameworks of a variety of reading theories and instructional approaches. The course defines sequential reading instruction from decoding print to comprehension with emphasis placed on initial and developmental literacy instruction. State and local standards for literacy curricula are addressed in choosing effective practices and making optimal use of available literacy resources. Principles of teaching reading are applied to actual classroom practices. Field Block 1 course taken concurrently with EDUC 304 and EDUC 310.