Video Courses

Foundations of Learning to Read

IACET Accredited
0.50 CEUs 5 Training Hours

Before a child can conquer reading, they need to conquer three foundational areas: phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and concepts of print. You can help them master these skills in a fun and exciting way with a little trick we call “PAC” Time.

100% Free
Time to complete
5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for


  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and pre-k

  • Families with children ages 3-5

  • People who want to help young children build foundational literacy skills

  • Childcare program and site directors

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To

After completing the course the learner will be able to:  

  • Formulate a three part teaching strategy for teaching children specific skills. 
  • List the components of phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and concepts of print. 
  • Modify how you teach these concepts at different developmental stages.
Why It Matters


  • You will see statistical improvement in key reading preparedness skills

  • Your children will be on the path to literacy, and soon ready to learn phonics and how to decode words

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

    Show Me, Guide Me, Let Me Try: A Strategy for Teaching Skills to Children

     Duration 16  minutes
    This lesson will introduce teachers to the three recommended teaching stages: modeling, guided practice, and independent practice.
  2. Lesson 2

    Introduction to PAC Time

     Duration 40  minutes
    The importance of PAC Time will be demonstrated by showing real student improvement data and learners will also be instructed on PAC Time components and key terms.
  3. Lesson 3

    Learn More: Path to Literacy

     Duration 5  minutes
    This lesson provides an overview of research on the two main parts of literacy: decoding skills (learning to read) and comprehension (reading to learn).
  4. Lesson 4

    Phonological Awareness Part 1: 3-year-olds

     Duration 37  minutes
    This lesson will help teachers understand the P in PAC Time by presenting the components of Phonological Awareness and the implementation plan for 3-year-olds.
  5. Lesson 5

    Phonological Awareness Part 1: Pre-K

     Duration 35  minutes
    This lesson will help teachers understand the P in PAC Time by presenting the components of Phonological Awareness and the implementation plan for Pre-K children.
  6. Lesson 6

    Learn More: More About Onset-Rime

     Duration 9  minutes
    Goes into detail about onset-rime, a sometimes confusing concept. Through video and examples, Mary brings this concept to life.
  7. Lesson 7

    Phonological Awareness Part 2

     Duration 40  minutes
    This course will build on the concepts of Phonological Awareness taught in part 1 and focus on correctly modeling these concepts for children.
  8. Lesson 8

    Learn More: More About Teaching PAC Time

     Duration 5  minutes
    Provides support for choosing words for phonological awareness activities. Tips for working with English Learners and Bibliography included.
  9. Lesson 9

    Developing Alphabet Knowledge

     Duration 44  minutes
    This course will demonstrate what alphabet knowledge is and is not. It will help learners mindfully prepare activities and follow a teaching process to ensure children have strong alphabet knowledge.
  10. Lesson 10

    Developing Concepts of Print

     Duration 28  minutes
    This course will demonstrate how to model concepts of print for children. It will show learners how to take advantage of opportunities to reinforce concepts of print and employ functional text throughout the classroom.
  11. Lesson 11

    PAC Wrap Up

     Duration 20  minutes
    This course will show learners how all three components of PAC Time can work together to increase student understanding and achievement.
  12. Lesson 12

    Learn More: Response to Intervention

     Duration 5  minutes
    Provides an overview of the tiered approach to meet children's learning needs.
  13. Lesson 13

    Responsive Instruction for PAC Time

     Duration 24  minutes
    This course shows learners how to use checklists in order to be responsive to children and help them progress in PAC Time skills.
  14. Lesson 14

    Foundations of Learning to Read End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  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

Kate Fleetwood, M. Ed.
Rollins Center eCoaching Facilitator
Kate Fleetwood is a Birth to 3rd Grade eCoaching Facilitator for the Rollins Center. 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 get excited with teachers when we observe students using Tier 2 words spontaneously in their conversations."
    Pre-K Coach, Consultant, & Speech-Language Pathologist
  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher
  • "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


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.