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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.




Bringing the Science of Reading to Teachers

This 30-35 hour online course is designed for educational professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of effective reading and spelling instruction. The content is appropriate for:

  • general education, special education, reading teachers
  • school psychologists
  • speech-language pathologists

Participants may earn 3 graduate credits from Castleton University by completing extra coursework (10 extra hours). The program includes visual presentations with accompanying narration, teaching demonstrations, video excerpts from national experts, supplemental materials, and pre- and post-tests that assess understanding. Individuals may take the course:

  • independently
  • as part of teacher preparation and professional development programs

Reading is language in print. Reading science has confirmed the essential components of effective instruction. Good reading instruction is based upon a deep understanding of these components as well as a deep knowledge of how our language works.

By taking this course, you will:

  • elevate your knowledge and expertise to increase students’ reading and spelling skills
  • develop an in-depth understanding of language structure – how our English language works
  • understand and be able to implement strategies from current reading research
  • understand what it means to provide systematic and explicit reading and spelling instruction
  • learn strategies to enhance all aspects of reading performance, including phonological awareness, decoding, fluency, grammar, vocabulary and comprehension

This course:

  • addresses many of the IDA Standards for Teachers of Reading. The MindPlay Understanding Dyslexia course addresses additional standards
  • supports teacher preparation programs – as an online course
  • provides comprehensive professional development for teachers and professionals who work with developing or struggling readers
  • can provide Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or credit through Castleton University
  • provides example lessons and instructional activities



Course Modules

  • Phonology
  • Reading & Spelling Development
  • Phonics Fundamentals
  • Advanced Phonics Fluency
  • Grammar Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension


Call 1-800-544-4863 for more information

Before going to the Stern Center, I struggled with reading and my mind was focused on the fact that I couldn't do it. The Stern Center not only helped me improve my reading skills, but I was able to build confidence in my learning.

- Stern Center Student