Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers

(Grades PreK-2) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 82T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41676


Course Description

Do you ever wonder what you can do to help young students gain a better foundation in reading? This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading for each of their students from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundational skills into everyday practice. The course begins with building a solid understanding of such concepts as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Teachers will then strengthen their toolbox of strategies for teaching spelling, word families, decoding, sight words, vocabulary, and fluency. Teachers will also learn assessment strategies such as story retelling and asking students to answer questions using textual evidence. Teachers will learn how to help their students choose “just right” books for their individual reading levels while balancing the types of text they read. To help in this regard, teachers will gain strategies for teaching students the features of nonfiction text. Finally, strategies for making the most of classroom read-alouds will be shared. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their students master the foundations of reading, and will have gained valuable classroom ideas to incorporate into their everyday teaching. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I thought the content and resources from this course were amazing. I will be incorporating many new strategies into my instruction." - Tamara Moskowitz

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC41676
Unit One
  • Overview of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Concepts of Print
  • Phonological/Phonemic Awareness
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Phonics
  • Spelling and Word Families
  • Decoding Strategies
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Sight Words
  • Fluency
  • Text Types and "Just Right" Books for Emergent Readers
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Building Vocabulary
  • Genre Matters: Balancing Types of Text
  • Writing with Reading in Mind
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Making the Most Out of Read Alouds
  • Asking and Answering Questions with Evidence
  • Effective Story Retells
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Features of Nonfiction Texts
  • Making Connections
  • Assignment #4: Create lesson plans based on the scenarios presented in the course
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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