Course Description

Learn How to Combine Two Reading Approaches to Best Leverage Literacy within the Classroom

Research has shown that there are benefits to both Phonics-based and Whole Language theories of reading instruction and that most students are most successful if a combination of the two approaches are integrated into instruction. In this course you will develop a deep understanding of both teaching practices, evaluate your classrooms needs and create an approach that you think will be most beneficial. Examining the grade-level learning goals, you will determine how you will address each learning goal and map out instruction.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explain the elements that make up Phonics-based Instruction and the Whole Language Approach
  • Recognize the advantages of Phonics-based Instruction
  • Recognize the advantages of the Whole Language Approach
  • Identify learning goals and blend the reading techniques to best address them
  • Design an appropriate assessment to show mastery of learning goals

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers that want to utilize a balance of Phonics-based Reading and the Whole Language Approach.

Course Materials:  No textbook requirement.

Technical Requirements


"I love how I can do the work on my timeline." -- Beth Roth, Self-employed Tutor

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $317 credit (2 units) $317.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
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