Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Literacy Studies: Reading (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year



Research reiterates how instilling a strong reading foundation in young students is vital to their growth in the future. Today, students in early elementary need continuous support in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. In order to meet the needs of students, teachers must incorporate a systematic phonics program into their daily reading instruction.

A systematic phonics program uses a scope and sequence to teach reading skills to students. It begins with phonemic awareness and evolves into basic decoding skills, as well as word recognition. Teachers teach new skills through whole group instruction, and alongside students through intentional small group instruction. Students work in a social setting, building on skills with support from the teacher working to their full potential. Systematic phonics allows students sufficient practice with their foundational skills, and develops reading confidence, fluency and word recognition to successfully reading for meaning in the later grades. Systematic phonics is part of a successful reading curriculum and teachers must understand its importance and its place in the classroom. Persuasive information and providing examples will inspire teachers to incorporate the instructional strategy that is grounded in providing the best instruction to each individual child.

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