Course Description

Review the skills needed to pass the Instructional Paraprofessionals exam as you explore creative ways to present reading skills to students. Learn how to help students at all levels get excited about reading and how to best assess their reading skills. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started

While there are many scientific claims as to the best way to teach reading, when it comes down to it, the best way is what works for you and your students. Explore different ways to improve your teaching and gain new set of tools to pick and choose from as you teach.

Lesson 2: Bonding and Sharing

Explore ways to bond with students, learning about them and their reading habits while sharing your stories and reading habits with them. 

Lesson 3: Teaching With a Sense of Urgency

Examine the Optimal Learning Model for teaching reading, which helps move students from dependence on the teacher to independent learning.

Lesson 4: Getting Ready

Working with students to create a classroom library is a good way to get them excited about reading. Helping them pick books that are appropriate for them will help them succeed and improve at reading. Explore guidelines for creating a classroom library and for helping students choose books to read. We'll also discuss partnered reading.

Lesson 5: Assessing Reading

Learn how to include reading assessment as part of your teaching process, including regular reading conferences and preparing students for standardized tests.

Lesson 6: Teaching Comprehension

Explore techniques for helping students improve their reading comprehension. 

Lesson 7: Shared Reading

Explore shared reading as a way to teach students to read and improve their reading comprehension. See how reading aloud can be helpful at all grade levels.

Lesson 8: Guided Reading

Explore guided reading and discover how to implement it in your classroom.

Lesson 9: Making the Most of Your Time

Discover how to give students more time to read in the classroom and how to keep your teaching skills sharp. The most effective teachers make time for their own interests, as well as for professional development.

Lesson 10: Putting It All Together

Look back at what you've learned, and create an artifact for your portfolio.


Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.

System Requirements

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience

Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280x720 or higher
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)

Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux distributions
    • NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari

Basic Software Requirements:

  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)
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Section Title
Teaching Reading (Online)
Jul 01, 2021 to Jun 30, 2022
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $375.00