Continuing Education for Certified Teachers

Differentiated Instruction in Reading for K-12 Certified Teachers

Spring 2021

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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 17, 2021

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 College in Richardson Center, RAC 117 on Saturdays, 12–3 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 23rd
  • February 6th
  • February 20nd
  • March 20st
  • April 3rd

The course shell will open January 22, 2021 to students enrolled in the course.
Class begins January 23, 2021 and runs through April 24, 2021.

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.

Dedicated Program Coordinator & Instructor

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Karen Gelardi

Educational Specialist in ESL/EFL

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  • Experienced classroom teacher in urban and suburban school districts
  • Serves on MDE Title 3 Advisory Committee
  • ESL Consultant/ Director in Warren Consolidated and Rochester Community Schools
  • Developed ESL Program Curriculum for English learners, Levels 1-4
  • State presenter at MITESOL
  • Presented at TESOL Conferences
  • Serves on AdvancED team site visits
  • Oakland Schools Consultant for ELL using Marzano’s Research
  • Summer Institute Teacher at Michigan State University