NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Using Phonics to Enhance Reading

EDUC 600




Instructor: James Coomber

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Friday, December 18, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375 + textbook

Course Description:

This practical course for teachers defines phonics instruction and its methods, then enables teachers to build a teaching plan for incorporating phonics and related decoding strategies into their classroom reading.


This course will take you through a process that

  1. Reviews research showing the efficacy of phonics
  2. Provides activities to demonstrate classroom practice, and
  3. Analyzes student difficulties and appropriate responses.

Upon completion of the course, you will have the background and practical strategies to meet requirements in many states regarding knowledge of phonics.


Textbooks for the above course can be ordered by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). North Dakota State University Phonics Course Package include:

  • Phonics & Major Decoding Strategies
  • Learning & Applying Phonics
  • Phonics Plus Book B
  • Phonics Plus Book C
  • Word History: A Guide to Understanding The English Language

Cost for the textbooks is $49 including shipping. Credit cards are not accepted.

About The Instructor

James Coomber
James Coomber earned his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum & Instruction and his M.A. from University of Wisconsin in English. He earned his B.S. from Wisconsin State College, Platteville, WI in Secondary Education. James received many awards including the National Teaching Fellowship (1970), Who's Who in Education (1980), Bush Foundation Faculty Development Research grant (1984), Midwest Book Achievement Award to name a few. James comes with over 50 years teaching experience.

**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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