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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Research-Based Reading Instruction and Interventions: Elementary Level

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Online Professional Development Certificate

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The course focus is on reading instruction for struggling readers.

The goal is to bring a variety of research-based pedagogical strategies into classroom. The course consist of ten modules, and each module contains a variety of research-based pedagogical strategies. Each module is an individual entity. You can take all modules or individual modules.

Clock hours include (a) watching the video mini-lectures, (b) taking notes, (c) planning and implementing two strategies, (d) observing and analyzing the effectiveness of the strategies, and (e) completing the Report and Analysis Form (see below).  A professional development certificate can be earned by completion of the modules.


  • Module 1: Reading and the Brain  (15 Clock Hours)
  • Module 2: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Planning (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 3: Word Identification (15 Clock Hours)
  • Module 4: Comprehension (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 5: Fluency (15 Clock Hours)
  • Module 6: Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 7: Voluntary Reading, Instructional Approaches, and Teaching Written Expression (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 8: Reading Interventions, Grammar, and Punctuation: K-6 (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 9: Action Research (20 Clock Hours)
  • Module 10: Dyslexia (20 Clock Hours)


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The course is designed for general education teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, and RTI specialists.

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