Course Description

Provides a practical way to study words with students, based on the research on invented and developmental spelling. Uses the framework of the five stages of spelling or orthographic development. Complements the use of any existing phonics, spelling, and vocabulary curricula using this developmental format. Covers the stages and necessary assessments to determine students' levels, the particular stages of literacy development, and developmentally appropriate activities to accompany these stages.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Words Their Way
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction by Donald Bear, Pearson, ISBN: 978-0133996333

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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