NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Stacy Duffield

Grading: Letter

Monday, June 08, 2020 - Friday, July 03, 2020

Course completion July 10, 2020

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250 + textbook

Course Description:

Introduction to the relevance and need for incorporating reading and developing reading skills in middle and high school classrooms.


The candidates will:

  • understand basic reading and writing processes as they relate to content literacy.
  • know how writing can be used to promote and assess content learning.
  • know how to use various assessment techniques to support selection of the best methods for teaching content materials that meet the needs and interests of diverse students.
  • know how to select text and support students in using all forms of text in the content classroom.
  • identify and classify content area vocabulary and select appropriate strategies for supporting student learning.
  • know the characteristics and practices of successful and struggling readers.

"Excellent course, very well designed."

"The objectives made it easier to focus on needed material when I read and took notes."

"It was a great course and I learned a great amount."

"Course covers lots of materials that can be applied across several disciplines; it really puts reading in the classroom at the forefront of learning."

"The assignments followed the lessons perfectly. I was able to apply what I was learning."

"Having to use what I had learned to produce an activity for students was helpful."

"Thank you for a great first online class experience! Instructor was super accommodating - very glad to have had her."


Vacca, R. T., Vacca, J., & Mraz, M. (2017).  Content area reading: Literacy and learning across the curriculum, 12th edition. Boston: Pearson. 

About The Instructor

Stacy DuffieldStacy Duffield

Stacy Duffield earned her Ph.D. in Secondary/Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. Her M.Ed. In Reading Education was awarded from the University of North Dakota.  Dr. Stacy Duffield is a Professor for the School of Education and has been at NDSU for 16 years. Stacy teaches undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation courses, coordinates the Teacher Education program, coordinates the School of Education assessment and accreditation efforts, supervises student teachers, and researches scholarly writing for publication. Stacy taught in public high schools schools for nine years before starting her career in higher education. Stacy's work has been published in numerous scholarly publications including the Journal of Chemical Education, Middle School Journal, Innovative Higher Education, The Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Journal of Education for Business, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The Encyclopedia of Rural America, Teacher Development, and Current Issues in Education. 

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