Developmental Reading K-12

Learn evidence-based instructional practices for literacy development.
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Our online Developmental Reading course will show you the processes by which students learn to read and write within the context of today's diverse learning communities. 

Reading strategies will be utilized throughout the course that apply to a range of grade levels. 

Register now to reserve a spot.
There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

Online Course
Three semester hours of graduate credit 
Instructor: Dr. Paula Harms

Fall: September 16 - November 22, 2024
Tuition: $476 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,428 for a three-credit course)
Fall Tuition Due: TBA

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development.

Our online course allows you to complete your weekly assignments as they best fit your schedule. All discussion postings and projects are submitted online.

Our RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12 course includes:

Evidence-based instructional practices to promote

  • word recognition
  • fluency
  • comprehension
  • phonics instruction
  • procedures to assess children's development as they move from emergent literacy to learning to read and into reading to learn
  • the influence of research upon teaching procedures and the selection and use of reading materials for instruction

We invite you to enroll in our course to meet your professional development goals if you need license renewal, graduate credits, transfer credits to another university or reading certification program, or a refresher course.

Our students include:

  • 4K - Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teachers
  • Reading/Math Interventionists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • English Language Arts Teachers
  • Dual-Language Spanish Teachers
  • Academic/Instructional Coaches
  • Reading Resource Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • ELL/ESL Teachers
  • Bilingual teachers
  • Literacy Specialists
  • RTI Coordinators
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, Wisconsin #1316This license is a supplemental add-on teaching license that requires a bachelor's degree and an initial teaching license in Wisconsin.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This course is top-rated, and classes fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Course Description

Concepts, methods, research, and historical developments that form the foundations of teaching reading. Pedagogical considerations, including general conditions for learning to read and write; developmental phases of reading; principles of good reading instruction; development of a personal philosophy about teaching reading as a reflective practitioner.


Readings will be assigned from all of the following textbooks:

  1. Purchase this paperback:
    Blevins, W. (2023). Phonics from A to Z: A practical guide. (4th ed.) Scholastic.
  2. Free download:
    Armbruster, B. B., Lehr, F., & Osborn, J. (2001). Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read. (3rd ed).
  3. An e-textbook will be provided after you login to the course. 
    Temple, C., Ogle, D., Crawford, A., Freppon, P. (2018). All children read - Teaching for literacy in today’s diverse classrooms (5th ed.).  Pearson Allyn Bacon.
Our Students Say...

"I can honestly say, it has been one, if not, the most valuable class I have taken. It offered historical perspective, expertise, strategies, examples, and resources.The textbooks were also assets and will be useful resources for me."
Kelly K. Special Education Teacher, Wisconsin

"Not only do I have a better understanding of some of the basics of teaching reading, but I continued to learn new strategies through the research part of this class. "
Julie G. Title I Teacher, Wisconsin

"I appreciated the course structure and discussion deadlines and rubrics. I was concerned about knowing what to do since this was my first online course. The clear guidelines you established helped me know what was expected and helped me feel successful. I learned a great deal from my classmates' discussions and their assignments. Thanks for such a positive new experience!"
Erika D. Seventh and Eighth Grade English Teacher, Wisconsin

No travel to campus required - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.