A New Approach to Spelling Instruction

(Grades K-6) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 97T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41492


Course Description

Are you bored with teaching the same spelling lessons each week? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to teach essential spelling skills to their students. Spelling is an essential and complex skill and an important component of the overall language arts curriculum. Instead of looking at spelling as a memorization process, spelling should be thought of as a building block of literacy development. In this course, teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities. Strategies such as word families, mnemonics, and self-correction model will all be shared. Teachers will also understand the developmental levels of spelling and how invented spelling fits in. Teachers will also be introduced to a variety of technology resources that can be used to promote spelling and vocabulary development. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This is an excellent course! The readings and resources were informative and changed the way I will be teaching spelling in my classroom. I can honestly say that this has been the most effective and informative graduate level course I have ever taken." - Thelma Leister

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$149

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$379

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

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



Required Resource Book

This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List



UCSD Course Number: EDUC41492
Unit One
  • Introduction to Spelling Instruction
  • The Connection Between Spelling and Literacy
  • Spelling Assessments
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Common Core State Standards for Spelling
  • Invented Spelling
  • The Stages of Spelling Development
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Instructional Spelling Groups
  • Simple Spelling Games to Use in the Classroom
  • Mnemonics and Other Strategies
  • The Connection Between Vocabulary and Spelling
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Word Families
  • Technology and Spelling
  • Websites that Promote Spelling and Vocabulary Development
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Spelling Self-Correction Model
  • Integrating Spelling Instruction with Writing
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Commonly Misspelled Words
  • Spelling Principles to Know and Teach
  • Spelling Homework
  • Assignment #4: Develop two spelling lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)


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