Save Your License: Reading

Welcome to The Reading Brain online course! Successful completion of this course will earn THREE clock hours that address the following MN teacher licensure requirement:

"Effective for renewal of professional licenses which expire on June 30, 2004, and after, applicants must also include in their 125 clock hours instruction or other professional development activities which evidence further reading preparation, consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.06, subdivision 4." For questions about licensure see this Minnesota Department of Education page.

Be aware that in order to obtain clock hour credit you’ll have to produce work in this course. The instructor will review your work to be sure it meets course requirements. You’ll have opportunities to resubmit your work until you succeed, but expect to set aside three solid hours of effort in order to successfully complete the course.

This online course requires the following modest hardware requirements. Please go to this test page to make sure that your computer can handle the content. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the requirements for the course.

In this three-hour learning session you will learn how and where reading occurs in the brain and what happens in the brains of learners who struggle. As you navigate through the session you will:

  • Listen to Richard Allington, a past President of the International Reading Association, attempt to define reading, which is easier said than done!
  • Use a flash graphic to explore areas of the brain involved in the reading process
  • Read a brief article about dyslexia to learn about a common misconception
  • Listen to an interview with Dr. Paula Tallal, a neuroscientist from Rutger's University, as she discusses what goes wrong in the brain when readers have diffuculty "breaking the code" of how letters translate to sounds and words
  • Read an article about new brain research that helps us to understand why so many people have difficulty with reading
  • Learn about how current brain research can inform what we do in the classroom

To complete this course:

1. Create an account and pay $25 with credit card on our Registration page. Registration is two easy steps, and you can begin working right away.

2. Complete your course.

3. Your instructor will verify that you have successfully completed the course, notify you, and provide access to print out your CEU certificate for 3 clock hours addressing the reading licensure requirement.

Thank-you for participating in this course. If you are interested in additional online courses, go to the PREP Center Homepage.

Questions about licensure requirements?

See this Minnesota Department of Education page.

Questions about registering for this course?

Contact Kristin Klobe at

Questions about logging in to your course?

Contact the Moodle Administrator if you have issues with logging in.

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