Course Description

Credit Validation for Slingerland Participants Only

This course offers 50+ hours of Explicit, Structured, Sequential, Multisensory Instructional Strategies for teaching Reading, Spelling, Handwriting, and Written expressions. Rationale and instructional techniques in the Slingerland® Adaptation for classroom use of the Orton-Gillingham Approach will be presented in an engaging, hands-on format.

Course Details

Number of Units: 4.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for classroom teachers, resource teachers, tutors, educational therapists, speech/language therapists and RTI 3 teachers interested in meeting the needs of students with specific language disability who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling.

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Prior experience in education is helpful but not required.

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the principles of Structured Literacy Multisensory Instruction as supported by science
  • Understand the development of oral language skills as they relate to written language
  • Understand the history, purpose, and research for handwriting skills instruction
  • Implement strategies for putting handwriting to functional use
  • Create language arts lesson plans in the Slingerland® Approach
  • Identify major characteristics of dyslexia and other language-based reading disabilities
  • Understand the organization of the English language and application of morphology to decoding spelling and written language
  • Understand the application of the Slingerland® Approach to existing classroom curriculum programs


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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.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.