Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Literacy Studies: Reading (M.Ed.)

Degree Program


First Advisor

Nancy DeFrance, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Mary Bair, Ph.D.

Academic Year



Children bring a wide range of vocabulary knowledge and prior experiences with them when they enter school. Research suggests that in order to bridge childrens’ word knowledge and the word knowledge needed for academic success, teachers must take on a multimodal instructional approach to foster vocabulary development and reading comprehension in students. This project explores how word knowledge develops in children as well as various research based features of vocabulary instruction to support word learning in the classroom. The project is designed to offer teachers professional development that works to grow teacher expertise for what effective vocabulary instruction is, the time and space to plan for instruction, as well as an opportunity for job embedded feedback and support in a collaborative community of professionals.