An Introduction to Structured Word Inquiry

2.5 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Dyslexia Training Institute Participants Only

Have you ever tried to teach a word and heard yourself utter the phrase, “Well, English is just crazy; you will have to memorize that word”? If you have, we have good news for you, English is not crazy and there is a way to investigate words along with your students (dyslexic and non-dyslexic) to learn the true underlying structure, and never utter those words again!

Course Details

Number of Units:  2.5 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers who teach reading and spelling or for anyone who would like a better understanding of how English orthography is organized.



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Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X704J – 043 16 Sep 202425 Oct 2024 2.5 $197

Structured Word Inquiry

16 Sep 202425 Oct 2024
Credit Validation
Online (fixed date)

Students must be registered for the Dyslexia Training Institute's course prior to registering with USD for credit:

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation courses after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: September 16 – 26, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Learn that English is not crazy and how to find the sense in it
  • Identify how to investigate the sense of so-called ‘sight words’
  • Conduct word hypothesis and create word sums
  • Examine the interrelationship between morphology, etymology and phonology
  • Recognize the difference between spoken and written syllables
  • Examine why teaching spelling and reading via a syllable model for written words can be problematic
  • Determine how Latin, Greek, Old English and Old French impact English
  • Participate in weekly online discussions in between webinars where you can ask questions and work as a community to answer those questions


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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