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Instructional Approaches for Literacy Development (PreK-3)/Flex Course


Are you looking for fun ways to engage your emergent or early readers and writers? This online course addresses emergent literacy skills for grades PreK-3. The instructional strategies focus on early reading and writing strategies for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum, the connection to oral language, the development of reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Assessment strategies and techniques will be thoroughly discussed. Strategies for working with struggling readers are also included. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I found this course to contain lots of ideas and strategies that really enhance literacy learning. I also really appreciated how many websites and other sources were listed." - Karen Savage


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


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.

Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work” by Debbie Diller

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


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 94T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41490

Unit One

  • Teaching Reading in PreK-3: The Big Difference
  • Common Core Reading Standards
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Early Reading Strategies
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics and Decoding
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Guided Reading
  • Word Recognition Techniques
  • Oral Language
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Reading Fluency
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Comprehension
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Literacy Work Stations
  • Emergent Writing
  • Literacy Assessment
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Struggling Readers
  • Getting Parents Involved: Reading at Home
  • Resources for Emergent Literacy
  • Assignment #4: Develop a lesson that uses rhyming, chanting, or singing
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)