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Our Mission

Our Reading Education program is designed to prepare reading specialists, reading teachers and other reading practictioners by providing specialized training in the field of reading. The program was developed in correspondence with the Conceptual Framework of Old Dominion University College of Education & Professional Studies, and strives to develop Professional Educators - those who have mastered content and pedagogy, and have a commitment to a high degree of professional involvement in the school and community. As such, the program aims to develop professional reading educators who are knowledgeable and competent about reading and the reading process; who are able to develop reading programs at the elementary and secondary level; who can serve as expert models and literacy coaches in a community of educators; who utilize their knowledge in the teaching of reading to students of diverse backgrounds; who demonstrate the ability to adequately assess students and provide appropriate instruction; who are able to conduct and disseminate research; and, who display dispositions that reflect a dedication to teaching and learning, and respect for professional growth.

*Reading Endorsement only is no longer offered at ODU




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  • developing a sound understanding of the theories and research that serve as the foundation for literacy processes and instructional practices for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • applying to classroom settings a basic understanding of the reading process and its relationship to the total language development of the child;
  • applying recent research findings to the teaching of reading;

  • integrating reading skills and strategies into content-area instruction;

  • organizing a school reading program as part of the larger elementary/secondary school curriculum;

  • organizing and conducting literacy staff development;

  • developing leadership and coaching skills for working with paraprofessionals and teachers;

  • using various types of media and educational technology;
  • creating a literate environment that encourages and supports literacy instruction and learning;

  • creating instructional materials for use in classroom and clinical settings;assessing needs, diagnosing problems and providing remediation for students experiencing reading difficulties;
  • relating to the needs of children of differing ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and,

  • recognizing the characteristics of developmental stages, learning styles and special needs of students.


Core Faculty


Abha Gupta

Abha Gupta

Professor and Graduate Program Director

Dr. Abha Gupta, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Her research focuses on literacy learning in culturally diverse environments and innovative interventions to promote literacy. She has been the recipient of over half-a-million dollars in grants for service and research. Her publications have appeared in leading journals. Her most recent research is on therapeutic breathing techniques and mindful breathing interventions in educational settings.

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Thomas Bean

Thomas Bean

Professor

Thomas W. Bean is considered a leading scholar in content area literacy with over 25 books, 31 book chapters, and over 100 articles in refereed journals. He is a senior author of the widely used text, Content Area Literacy: An Integrated Approach (10th ed). His most recent book is Teaching Young Adult Literature: Developing World Citizens, co-authored with Dr. Judith Dunkerly-Bean and Helen Harper.

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Jamie Colwell

Jamie Colwell

Associate Professor

Jamie Colwell received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy from Clemson University in 2012. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, pre-service teacher education in literacy, and the uses of technology to promote literacy. Dr. Colwell has published in journals such as Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. She also works as an affiliate advisor for the Carpi, Italy Summer Study Abroad program for education majors.

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Judith Dunkerly-Bean

Judith Dunkerly-Bean

Associate Professor

Dr. Dunkerly-Bean's research focuses on the intersection of human rights, social justice and critical literacy through a transnational feminist and cosmopolitan framework. Her work has been published is prestigious journals as well as featured in several edited volumes and a research handbook. Dr. Dunkerly-Bean co-authored the methods text, Teaching Young Adult Literature: Developing Students as World Citizens.

Lea Lee

Lea Lee

Professor

Dr. Lee is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University. Dr. Lee earned the Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University of Minnesota in 1993 in the area of Literacy and Early Childhood Education. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After she completed her Bachelor's degree, she moved to the United States of America 21 years ago to pursue her graduate education.