Continuing Education for Certified Teachers

Differentiated Instruction in Reading for K-12 Certified Teachers

Spring 2022

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Course Description – RDG 4913 Diagnosis & Differentiated Instruction in Reading

Explores varied dimensions of literacy that dynamically interact to influence literacy learning. Includes a practicum experience in a classroom setting in which participants develop a case study that presents an analysis of literacy strengths/weaknesses of actual students. Course meets the MDE requirement in diagnostic reading in accordance with MCL 380.1531 (4). PR: RDG 4313 or RDG 4403 or Teacher Certification.

Registration Deadline – January 14, 2022

Q: Do you sometimes feel something is missing in how to meet the individual needs of your students to help them become strategic, enthusiastic readers?
Q: Do you want to know more about best instructional practices in diagnosis, intervention and differentiated instruction in reading?
Q: Are you ready to move from the Standard to Professional level of certification but still need the reading course required by the State of Michigan?
A: RDG 4913 – Diagnosis and Differentiated Instruction in Reading*

This course is designed to be a “hybrid” learning experience, with some assignments being completed online while retaining the benefits of several in-person class meetings on campus.
Class meetings take place on the main campus of Rochester University in Richardson Center, RAC 117 on Saturdays, 12–3 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 22nd
  • January 29th
  • February 5th
  • February 19th
  • March 5th
  • March 19th
  • April 9th
  • April 23rd

The course shell will open on January 21, 2022, to students enrolled in the course.
Class begins January 22, 2022, and runs through April 23, 2022.

Elements of the course include:

  • Collaboration and sharing knowledge with other educators
  • Adapting course curriculum to teachers’ classroom instructional needs
  • Small size class sessions grounded in participants’ questions, inquiry and experimentation, as well as research.
  • A required literacy practicum where students are assessed and provided with differentiated literacy instruction. A written case study is developed from this experience. Each teacher is responsible to find his or her own students for the practicum.

Tuition for this three semester hour course is $1,188.
*Beginning July 1, 2009, all teachers advancing to the Professional Education Certificate must have completed 3-semester credits of reading diagnostics and remediation, which includes a field experience, in accordance with Michigan Revised School Code MCL 380.1531(4)

For additional course information or questions, please contact Robin Zwiez at or at



Note: This course is offered only in the spring semester.

ESL Endorsement - Teacher Education

The ESL endorsement is a 24 credit hour program designed specifically with K-12 certified teachers in mind.

The growth of business and immigration to the U.S. has created a critical need for Michigan’s growing population of students with limited English proficiency. The Michigan Department of Education reports there were 90,000 English learners enrolled in Michigan’s school system in 2017. Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County account for 66,000 of these students.

Rochester University is now offering an ESL Endorsement in response to this critical need in southeast Michigan.

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About the Program

  • Blended learning cohort program of online and on-ground courses; five online and three on-ground
  • Complete the ESL endorsement in two years
  • Competitive tuition rate
  • Dedicated ESL instructors currently teaching in ESL programs
  • Small class and cohort size for individualized support

Why get an ESL Endorsement?

An ESL Endorsement will equip you to meet the diverse language instruction needs of your students. Schools and districts are actively looking for, or even requiring, the ESL Endorsement. Earning an additional certification is also advantageous during staff reductions, and depending on your district,
you could be eligible for BA +20 or MA pay increase.

What ESL Teachers Do

  • Deliver lessons and assess students on their progress, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach an entire class or teach students in small groups
  • Organize activities and administer and grade tests
  • Work with children or adult students from diverse backgrounds
  • Possess a flexible teaching style that adapts to varied student needs
  • Practice excellent communication skills
  • Prepare lesson plans
  • Complete related paperwork
  • Stay informed with changing teaching methods and standards
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computers and various classroom technologies
  • Grade papers, plan their lessons, conduct activities, meeting with faculty and parents

An ESL class is unique because it will often include students who speak a variety of languages. The teacher must use techniques that all of these students will understand.