Foundations of Early Literacy: Alphabetics, Grades Prek - 2

Topic: Reading/Literacy
Instructor: Carey Regur
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

Learning to read is biologically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and culturally transformative. Literacy serves as a pathway to acquiring knowledge, community engagement, cultural connection, and career fulfillment (Castles et al., 2018). Illiteracy perpetuates inequity. According to the World Literacy Foundation (2021), low literacy correlates to poor physical and mental health outcomes, workplace accidents, misuse of medication, participation in crime, and poor economic outcomes, all of which have substantial additional social and economic costs. Illiteracy and low levels of literacy cost the global economy approximately $1.19 trillion annually.

Psychological science and neuroscience provide an extensive, converging body of research about how children learn to read, how reading changes the brain, and proven instructional methods. This course is grounded in such scientific evidence. The course begins by framing causes of illiteracy through a lens of equity, inclusion, and access. Subsequent modules will focus on evidence-based practices to support the development of letter knowledge, phonological awareness, phonics, and word analysis. Applying credible reading research to classroom practice provides students with a solid foundation to grow more advanced literacy skills and develop a passion for reading. A special focus of the course will be scaffolding support for neurodiverse students with dyslexia, multilingual learners, and speakers of African American Languages.


ADDITIONAL NOTES: TNKL courses receive letter grades. 



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Within 1-2 business days of your Ashland registration, you will receive an email from your course content provider, Teach & Kids Learn, containing instructions on how to access your course materials. A note, their emails are sometimes forwarded to junk or spam folders. 

You'll work with TNKL, using their LMS, to complete the course, at which time, your instructor will post your final grade here to your AU transcript. You'll receive an email notification from Ashland PDS when the grade posts, with instructions on how to view and order transcripts. 

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Course Documents:
Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024
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Course Number: EDU*6130*E5
Academic Term: 24/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU