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Reading ClinicReading Clinic

The Reading Clinic is located on-site in the School of Education and Social Sciences (Nicholson 4th Floor) and consists of two rooms for assessment and intervention and one observation room with video and audio capability.  The Reading Clinic is the final clinical experience for students training to be reading specialists and/or completing a Master’s degree in Literacy at RMU.  Children and adolescents from the local community are seen in the clinic and are given diagnostic assessments and interventions for reading problems.  The Clinic also screens young children entering school and provides parents with an assessment of readiness skills.

Assistive Devices CenterAssistive Devices Center

The Assistive Devices Center is onsite in the School of Education and Social Sciences (Nicholson 4th Floor) and consists of a room which houses special equipment and software to promote the communication skills of children with special needs and training materials for students and teachers.   The Assistive Devices Center is used throughout the special education training programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Students use available iPads with communication software to design individualized communication programs for students.  Other specialized communication equipment is also available for students to design communication programs for children on the Autism Spectrum or for children with a variety of conditions which interfere with communication such as cerebral palsy or hearing impairments.  Outreach to teachers in partner school districts and in schools for children with special needs is available through the Center.

The RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP

The RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP is located on the third floor of Patrick Henry.  This space is funded by a grant from the Grable Foundation and is operated through the Ohio River Consortium.  The purpose of the RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP is to further the knowledge and skills of our education majors on the integration of Maker Education into the daily pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum.  The RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP houses materials in a fashion that will allow pre-service teachers practice Maker activities and to assemble materials to take out into their field or student teaching assignment.  To learn more about the RMU Teacher Education MakeShop, Maker Education and what is happening in and around Pittsburgh please visit the following sites: 
MakeShop: http://makeshoppgh.com/
Remake Learning: http://remakelearning.org/

Education Computer LabEducation Computer Lab

 The Education Computer Lab is located on the third floor of Patrick Henry Center adjacent to the library stacks.  It houses 24 computers used by undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students.  Advanced qualitative and qualitative statistical programs are available.  Initial and advanced teacher education candidates are also able to receive assistance from a graduate assistant in compiling required e-portfolios and in reviewing various licensure test preparation programs in the lab. 

Children's Book Collection Children’s and Young Adult Book Collection Located on the 3rd Floor of the Patrick Henry Center adjacent to the library stacks is the Children’s and Young Adult Book Collection.  Over 5,000 books of fiction and non-fiction for pre-school, school-age, and teen readers are available to RMU students.  Students use the books for lesson planning across all discipline areas.  The room has space for student collaboration and review of materials. Books in the Collection support RMU Recommends, a new initiative launched by the Department of Education, which provides a listing of excellent books and reading applications for children and adolescents. Each year at our spring Education Conference the list is updated and expanded. 

Oral History Center

Oral History Center The Oral History Center is currently onsite in the School of Education and Social Sciences (Nicholson 4th Floor) and consists of a room which houses the archives of the Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians and transcription equipment and furniture that allow the recording of oral histories by students and faculty.  Most recently, faculty and students have been active in a project to record the memories of workers in the ship production sites on Neville Island during World War II who lived in the Mooncrest Housing Development.