Course Description

The current emphasis on the body of research known as the "Science of Reading" has renewed the reading wars and raised challenging questions for balanced literacy teachers about the best way to teach reading. Instead of fueling the debate, this course organizes essential educational theory and effective instructional practices under a complete, layered intervention model. The course focuses on scientifically sound shifts reading teachers can make to strengthen their approach to early reading instruction.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create aligned texts
  • Evaluate classroom literacy programs that strengthen reading instruction
  • Create lesson plans that use a layered intervention model.
  • Identify what a teacher needs to do to help students learn to read successfully


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: The Comprehensive Intervention Model
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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:

  • Dorn, L. J., Soffos, C., & Klein, A. F. (2021). The Comprehensive Intervention Model. Stenhouse Publishers.
  • Burkins, J. M., & Yates, K. (2022). Shifting the balance: 6 ways to bring the science of reading into the balanced literacy classroom. Hawker Brownlow Education.
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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