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RTI for Oral Language - Early Elementary

EDUC 600




Instructor: Valerie Barges

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Course Description:

This course is designed for school-based speech-language pathologists and classroom teachers who work with K-2 students.  The focus is on learning strategies and activities to help students develop and strengthen their oral language skills.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what Response to Intervention is, the three tiers of instruction and specific ways to foster language skills for students at each tier.


The primary learning objectives for this course are:

  • Understand what Response to Intervention is and be able to differentiate the three tiers of instruction.
  • Discover practical oral language based activities and materials based on the general education curriculum standards to help students build their skills in basic concepts, vocabulary, listening & speaking, phonological awareness and print knowledge.
  • Learn specific strategies to help speech-language pathologists and teachers modify their instruction.
  • Develop an understanding of the ways in which speech-language pathologists and teachers can collaborate in order to develop and enhance students’ oral language and literacy skills.


RTI in Action: Oral Language Activities for K–2 Classrooms, Authors: Froma P. Roth, Dorothy P. Doughtery, Diane R. Paul & Deborah Adamczyk (2010), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ISBN-10 1580412335.

About The Instructor

Valerie Barges
Valerie Barges

Valerie Barges earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her B.A. in Human Development/Human Resources was earned from Boston College. Valerie is a licensed speech pathologist in Massachusetts and Maryland. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working with children in speech-language pathology, ranging from public schools to hospital settings.

Special Instructions:

*The course textbook is not included in the cost of tuition.  Detailed instructions on how to purchase the textbook will be sent to you upon registering for the course.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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