Course Description

How do you ensure all students are engaged each day in meaningful, challenging, and joyful work and have equal opportunity to learn? Literacy Essentials addresses this central question: such an outcome is only possible within a culture of empowerment in which all students and teachers feel encouraged and supported to let their voices be heard, explore their passions and interests, develop deep knowledge, and become their fullest and truest selves. The course provides practical and easy-to-implement tools to help students develop as self-determining readers, writers, and learners. Guided reading strategies are covered in-depth, including the teacher’s role, instructional reading levels, text gradients, balanced instruction, integrated processing, and assessment. Authors of the course texts are pioneers in the field of reading instruction, and you will be learning from the best.


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
Literacy Essentials to Prevent Misguided Reading
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $350.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Preventing Misguided Reading.  Miller Burkins, J., & Croft, M.M. (2017).  Stenhouse:  Portland, Maine.

Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners, Routman, R. (2018).  Portland, Maine. 

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: Withdrawal requests 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 at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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