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Implementing the Science of Reading
in Higher Education

NOTE: This work is part of a larger, on-going effort to strengthen reading coursework in Higher Education in Ohio and across the nation. We would love your feedback and ideas! If you have suggestions please contact Dr. Amy Murdoch at Thanks!


Our Mission

 The aim is to inspire faculty to view their courses as a bridge between what is known (science) and what is done (practice).  University professors have autonomy in the selection of course topics, objectives, readings, assignments, and field experiences. This set of syllabi demonstrates one collaborative example of how the 12-hour Ohio Reading Core in teacher preparation can be organized and coordinated to teach key knowledge and skills based in the science of reading. It is key that faculty work together to create a coordinated reading core that builds the knowledge and skills of our future teachers within a consistent model built on the science of reading. The model syllabi and supporting documents were collaboratively developed by three faculty of Mount St. Joseph University’s Reading Science Program. All three faculty members (two full-time faculty and one adjunct) involved in this work have extensive knowledge of the science of reading as well as a wealth of experience in both K-12 public schools and teaching undergraduate and graduate students.


About Us

The documents presented on this webpage were created to support higher education faculty as they work to fully incorporate the science of reading in their teacher preparation programs. The work includes an introduction document explaining the construction of the model syllabi, model syllabi, and a planning checklist to aid faculty as they revise their courses. Through sharing this work (and welcoming feedback) we hope to further our combined efforts to strengthen how we prepare future teachers.



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Faculty Resources

The definition of The Science of Reading used in Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and systematically used to guide the development of these model syllabi includes:

  • How Students Learn to Read: research from cognitive science on how children learn

  • Essential Elements of Reading: the skills that support literacy and how student needs change across development

  • Essential Elements of Effective Instruction: instructional approaches that are based in research and best practice

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: the application of data-based decision making to the creation of systems of support for all students. 

About the Resources

​The documents presented on this website were created by higher education faculty for use by higher education faculty to evaluate and enhance the alignment of educator preparation with the reading research.


Register for future HE Webinars Here:

February 2024


Use of Dyslexia Modules in HE

March 2024


Exploring Reading Universe

April, 2024

Webinar: Explicit Instruction in HE

May, 2024

Webinar: Deans for Impact

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