The UNI Literacy Education Clinic is part of the Literacy Education program within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The clinic serves children and adolescents (grades 1 to 12) with literacy learning needs. The clinic serves as an after-school program at specific school sites in fall and spring semesters and as a morning clinic program at school sites in the summer.
One-to-one remedial tutoring is provided to clients by UNI students enrolled in the course Advanced Literacy Practices and the corequisite course Experience in Literacy: Tutoring.
All reading tutors are supervised by University faculty and graduate assistants. The tutors conduct assessments and then implement an individually designed instructional program for each client. Tutoring involves 30 contact hours with the client. Clients are referred by participating schools. To participate in the clinic, a client must have the following:
- school application on file
- family application on file
- medical release on file
- parent permission on file
- materials fee submitted
Literacy Education Clinic courses are part of a UNI student's coursework, at the undergraduate or graduate level, related to the Iowa state reading endorsement (for both K-8 and 5-12 reading endorsements).
For practicing teachers across the state, the UNI Literacy Education program offers graduate courses toward the endorsement that include: Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy, Advanced Literacy Practices, Experience in Literacy: Tutoring, Language Development and Variablity, and Ideological, Cultural and Socio-Political Issues in Children's Literature.These graduate-level endorsement courses are offered in a series, typically over a two-year period of time.