Supporting Phonemic Awareness with State Standards











One of the most important tasks for children in the first five years of life is the development of language. Children enter preschool and kindergarten with immense differences in stages of development, and educators can meet this challenge by providing assessments and activities that support children’s phonemic awareness. The National Reading Panel found that “teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to PA.” Students who understand the correspondence between sequences of sounds in spoken words have a better base for becoming independent readers, making direct phonemic awareness instruction invaluable to a child’s future education.

This course, aligned with the State Reading Standards, will provide educators with an understanding of phonemic awareness and appropriate approaches for promoting phonemic awareness skills in their classrooms. Participants will focus on effective methods for assessing and analyzing student phonemic awareness skills and will learn to create activities to build children’s phonemic awareness. This course, the first in a six-part reading certificate program, will culminate with the development of individual plans to incorporate phonemic awareness activities into the curriculum.

Additional information

Credit Offering Institutes Information

Once you have completed the registration, which includes paying CLOI's courses fees, you will be provided information to register and pay for the graduate credits or PDPs.

Credit offering institute fees*:

•Gordon College: $75 per credit plus $50 registration fee
•Westfield State University: $300 for 3 graduate credits and $125 for 36 PDPs
•MidAmerica Nazarene University: $205 for 3
graduate credits

*Credit card processing charges, if applicable, are not included.