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AIM First Steps Modules

Launch your journey in the Science of Reading with

AIM’s new First Steps to Literacy Knowledge modules

AIM First Steps modules, which can be taken individually or as a three-course bundle, provide an overview of the Science of Reading, and an introduction to Phonological Awareness, and Decoding & Spelling, the first steps towards understanding Structured Literacy.

Each module is ideal for PK-12 teachers or university education students interested in professional development in small units, as well as parents interested in the acquisition of reading and the research-based literacy methods that support reading development.

Module Cost for Individuals:

$99 per module

$249 for 3-course bundle

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Certificate of Completion Provided for Each Module

If you are interested in AIM First Steps Modules for a large group of participants (26 or more) or for a school or district, start a conversation with to learn about options to tailor programming to meet your needs.

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Overview of the Science of Reading Module

The term “Science of Reading” refers to the research that cognitive scientists, literacy researchers, and expert practitioners have conducted on how individuals learn to read. This body of knowledge has been building for decades and has helped educators understand methods of reading instruction that are aligned to evidence-based practices.

Hours: 8.5

Phonological Awareness Module

Phonological Awareness is a meta-cognitive skill defined as one’s ability to attend to, discriminate, remember, and manipulate the sound structures of language. Phonological awareness, most specifically phonemic awareness, is an essential skill that underlies a student’s ability to learn to read and spell.

Hours: 5

Decoding & Spelling Module

Phonics and spelling instruction are essential components of any comprehensive literacy program. Teaching students to decode and encode requires not only a systematic scope and sequence but also explicit instructional practices that engage students and provide multiple opportunities to practice tasks until students can complete them at a high criterion level of performance.

Hours: 6.5


Courses are completed asynchronously online and take approximately 5-9 hours each to complete.

Certificate of Completion available for CEU credits.

Who: Each module is ideal for PK-12 teachers or university education students interested in professional development in small units without IDA accreditation or graduate credit. Also ideal for parents interested in the acquisition of reading and the research-based literacy methods that support reading development.

What: Three-course modules (taken individually or as a three-course bundle) are the first steps in understanding the Science of Reading, Phonological Awareness, and Decoding & Spelling. Each course is taken entirely online and takes approximately 5-9 hours to complete. Access to course content is available for 1 year. Certificates for CEU credits are available upon completion.

Why: Each First Steps Module provides teachers with engaging learning opportunities organized in a “learn, practice, apply” introductory cycle, and contains teaching techniques, videos and printable resources from our comprehensive AIM Pathways courses to develop participants’ knowledge and their transfer of new techniques into classroom practice.


Interested in IDA-Accredited Literacy Training with AIM Coaching?

AIM Pathways courses put diagnostic and prescriptive tools at your fingertips with on-demand, mobile-friendly access. It provides unique research-driven, IDA-accredited courses that can transform instructional practice with 45 CEU credits available and the opportunity to receive 3 graduate credits from Arcadia University.

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Who uses AIM Pathways?

  • Classroom Teachers K-5
  • Learning Specialists
  • Special Educators
  • Administrators
  • University Education Programs
  • State Departments of Education