Examines the complex factors that shape reading competence and reading instruction for students with disabilities. Candidates will learn a wide range of comprehensive, research-based strategies and methods for the instruction of reading. Focus on methods of comprehending informational text, vocabulary acquisition, writing for content-specific purposes and integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking across the disciplines. Emphasis will also be placed on assessment strategies and professional resources available to assist the teacher in providing appropriate intervention for students with modification needs for individualizing instruction.