Course Description

This course draws on cutting-edge research in machine learning, linguistics, and early childhood development drawing from the books "Language at the Speed of Sight" and "Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching."  In this course, you will learn how children’s brains develop as they become readers and discover ways you can take concrete steps to promote this critical developmental passage.  Using a research-based framework of “brain words”—dictionaries in the brain where students store and automatically access sounds, spellings, and meanings—the course offers a wealth of information that will transform thinking and practice.


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: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching
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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:

Seidenberg, M. (2018). Language at the speed of sight: how we read, why so many cant, and what can be done about it. New York: Basic Books.

Gentry, R., & Ouellette, G. (2019). Brain words: how the science of reading informs teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Stenhouse Publishers.

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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