NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Literacy & Learning: The Building Blocks

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

This course provides creative and practical strategies that can be used to create a literacy-rich environment for the young learner. Explore ways to promote phonemics, phonetic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and fluency. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or child-care professional, this course will provide a multitude of interesting and meaningful ways to support and provide literacy to the youngest children in your care.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1.  Apply the latest research on emergent literacy in their classrooms

2.  Understand the role that efficacy and social-referencing play in literacy development

3   Understand the role dialogic reading plays in literacy development

4.  Understand ways they can help children build firm literacy foundations through   emotional, social, and familial support


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Bardige, B. and Segal, M. (2005). Building literacy with love. Washington, DC: Zero to Three press.


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