Response to Intervention in Reading

(Grades K-6) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 24T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41449


Course Description

Are you in need of strategies to help your struggling readers? Do you want to know more about the Response to Intervention (RtI) model? This online course is designed for teachers who want to effectively and successfully implement the Response to Intervention model in reading. The course begins with the basics of assessment including screeners, progress monitoring, and informal assessment techniques. This data is then used to develop a plan for each student to determine where skills need to be strengthened. First, the basics of reading instruction are shared along with research-based practices for building phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Specific interventions are shared for each of the big five components of literacy to use while simultaneously using progress monitoring to gauge success. Interventions for struggling readers and English language learners will also be presented. Additionally, interventions for reading math content are included. A variety of scheduling models are also shared so that teachers can find the necessary time to implement the RtI strategies. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more comfortable and confident in assessing students and then establishing an approach for proper intervention. 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.

"The content of this RTI course was relevant to the needs of my classroom. The lessons addressed the current trends I've seen in my district and have provided me with useful tools and lessons that will support me as I implement RTI." - Jodi Piazza

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329

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: EDUC41449
Unit One
  • Understanding Response to Intervention
  • RTI is Good Teaching
  • Further Your Understanding
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Basics of Assessment
  • Screeners and Progress Monitoring
  • Informal Assessments
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • The Basics of Reading Instruction
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
  • Understanding Interventions
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • The Concept of Intervention
  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Interventions
  • Auditory Discrimination
  • Progress Monitoring for Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Interventions for Fluency
  • Progress Monitoring for Fluency
  • Interventions for Vocabulary
  • Progress Monitoring for Vocabulary
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Comprehension Interventions
  • Progress Monitoring for Comprehension
  • Response to Intervention for Special Populations
  • Response to Intervention for Math
  • Scheduling Models
  • Assignment #4: Design an intervention plan
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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