Video Courses

Early Literacy: Print Awareness, Phonological Awareness, and Alphabet Knowledge

IACET Accredited
0.30 CEUs 2.5 Training Hours

Developed with expert contributor, Dr. Deborah Glaser, Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools. Through this course, learners understand how a child’s spoken language, including phonological awareness, must be combined with alphabet knowledge and print awareness to build a solid foundation for learning to read. Teachers observe actual classroom instruction and practice some of the skills themselves along the way. In addition, each person taking the course gains access to instructional tools to help them teach these essential elements to the children in their classrooms.

100% Free
Time to complete
2.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • K-3 teachers
  • Nonprofit staff and Volunteers
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Learners will understand the different print awareness skills and apply this knowledge to their teaching practices.
  • Learners will understand the different phonological awareness skills and apply this knowledge to their teaching practices.
  • Learners will understand the different alphabet knowledge skills and apply this knowledge to their teaching practices.
  • Learners will be able to plan for teaching early literacy skills in their classrooms.
Why It Matters

We know from decades of research how students learn to read, how to assess to identify those at risk, and what and how to teach so that the majority of our students can be successful. The approaches used to teach children in many of our schools apply methods that do not teach our most vulnerable students the skills they need to be successful. This course will lead you into a world of knowledge and instructional practice that will make it possible for you to be the difference in your students’ lives.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    An Introduction to the 3 Domains of Early Literacy

     Duration 13  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn why print awareness, phonological awareness, and alphabet knowledge are important for early literacy development.
  2. Lesson 2

    Print Awareness

     Duration 10  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take a deeper dive into print awareness. You will learn about the three categories of print awareness and see how to teach it in the classroom.
  3. Lesson 3

    Phonemic Awareness

     Duration 53  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take a deeper dive into phonemic awareness. You will practice pronouncing phonemes and learn about each of the phonemic awareness skills. Plus, you will see real classroom examples
  4. Lesson 4

    Phonological Awareness

     Duration 23  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn about the different levels of phonological awareness. You will also practice skills at the word, syllable and onset-rime levels. Plus, you will see real life classroom examples.
  5. Lesson 5

    Alphabet Knowledge

     Duration 29  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take a deeper dive into alphabet knowledge. You will learn about the connection between letters and sounds. Plus, you will see real classroom examples.
  6. Lesson 6

    Instructional Practices

     Duration 19  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn about different instructional methods you can use to teach these early literacy skills. You will also learn about the gradual release method. In addition, you will get ideas you can use in your classroom.
  7. Lesson 7

    Early Lit End of Course Assessment

     Duration 18  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Makini Coleman
K-3 Content Specialist
Makini is a Content Specialist at the Rollins Center focusing on kindergarten through the third grade. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.