The Reading Teacher's Top Ten Tools

The course design leads teachers through updated research and guides them to make connections to practice: How to transfer the knowledge to everyday practice in their classrooms.

Course Description

The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools offers research supported guidance, coaching and strategy across ten areas of reading instruction. There are ten tools, or units, which feature easy to listen to narratives with engaging interactives; classroom lessons that demonstrate how to bridge knowledge to practice; and downloadable documents and guidance for planning and applying what teachers learn. The course, all ten tools, supports the use of any reading program benefiting both teacher and student.

The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools is developed around ten units, or tools, each reflecting a component of reading instruction that has been neglected, misrepresented, or one that needs updating with new information that’s been released over the past few years. Teacher knowledge is the primary tool that will impact instruction and student achievement. In this course, the use of the term tools refers to a combination of both knowledge and practice.

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Approximately 45 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



3 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Authentic assessments    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify all five components of reading (phoneme awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency) and best practices for explicit and systematic instruction
  • Develop knowledge about the skills students need to be successful readers and methods for how to teach those skills effectively

The ten tools covered in the course are:

  • Knowledge – A Reading Teacher’s Foremost Tool
  • Oral Language – A Foundation for Literacy
  • Phonemes – Paving the Way to Print and Meaning
  • Phonics and Spelling – Effective Decoding and Encoding Instruction
  • Vocabulary – The Blueprint of a Word
  • Comprehension – The Text and the Mental Model
  • Fluency – Understanding Practice and Automaticity
  • Writing – Write! Written Responses to Reading
  • Read Alouds – A Tool for Building Language Comprehension
  • Collaboration – Two Heads are Better Than One

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-6 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.


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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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