Phonics: Theory, Research, Differentiated Instruction, and Assessment Microcredential

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations


1 year


This course is designed for teachers, speech pathologists and other professionals working with developing readers of all ages. Upon completion, you will be able to confidently teach foundational reading skills to children learning to read (K-1) and to older students struggling with foundational reading and spelling skills.   

Critical to learning to read words accurately is the ability to automatically connect a letter or sequence of letters (graphemes) to speech sounds (phonemes). Modern educators working with developing readers need to understand what phonological awareness and phonics are and how to design systematic, explicit, and evidence-based phonological awareness and phonics instruction. In this course, you will learn how to design and implement effective phonological awareness and phonics instruction for developing and struggling readers. You will also learn how to use assessments to continuously evaluate and adapt instruction to maximise its impact. 

This microcredential consists of two units that cannot be completed singly. The first unit, EDER530 Phonemes and Phonics: Instruction and Assessment, provides you with a foundational knowledge of phonics and phonemic awareness, enabling you to teach and assess these areas effectively. You will discover the importance of phonics in early reading and will learn how to adapt instruction for students of different levels. The second unit, EDER531 Phonics: Effective Intervention in Primary and Secondary Schools, provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to address this issue through the development of effective phonics instruction and assessment for primary and secondary students who experience difficulty in learning foundational reading and writing skills.

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Topics in Unit 1: EDER530: Phonemes and Phonics: Instruction and Assessment include:

  • Phonological and phonemic awareness and their role in learning to read 
  • The English writing system and how phonemes are represented in alphabetic writing systems  
  • Phonics and its role in learning to read 
  • Evidence-based approaches to teaching phonics 
  • Assessment and progress monitoring 

Delivery: 150 hrs

Assessment: Quizzes and Written Assignment

Topics in Unit 2: EDER531 Phonics: Effective Intervention in Primary and Secondary Schools include:

  • Phonics and its role in literacy intervention 
  • Intensification of support 
  • Elements of systematic phonics instruction 
  • Assessment and progress monitoring 

Delivery: 150 hrs

Assessment: Quizzes and Written Assignment

This course combines interactive and asynchronous learning components that are flexible and accessible, designed to meet the needs of busy professionals.

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in Education; or a Bachelor's degree and a recognised teaching qualification


Course costs

Total cost : $1000

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Important Note on Fee

Special discounts are available for selected government, catholic and independent schools, Australian Catholic University alumni, and groups of 10 or more.

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