Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (21-22)

The purpose of this training is to give teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities the information and tools needed to provide meaningful literacy instruction and experiences.

The needs of students with a significant cognitive disability require specialized adaptations and modifications to traditional literacy strategies.  This training series will explore many different strategies to teach a wide variety of literacy skills.

The chapters in this training series will focus on reading and writing skills, along with literature activities for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 

The chapters and supporting resources serve as on-going support for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Teachers for this student population may be one of the only teachers on campus with the specialized skills to support this population of students. 

  1. Introduce processes of literacy and their relationship to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

  2. Help professionals recognize literacy skills and written language development in students with significant cognitive disabilities.

  3. Describe a range of intervention strategies that address pre-early emerging to early conventional literacy needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities.


As you move through the course, you will participate in many reflection and application activities. You should provide high-quality responses and upload relevant evidence that shows you are engaging with and internalizing the content. Additionally, throughout the modules, you will participate in “Knowledge Checks” to reinforce key concepts and important terminology.

This is a facilitated course. You will complete one module at a time, with feedback provided by your instructor before the next module becomes available to you. Expected cumulative time to complete is 18 hours.

Writing, Special Education, Differentiation, Literacy, Diverse Populations, Instructional Strategies, LIFE skills
1 - Planning, T-TESS 2 - Instruction, T-TESS 3 - Learning Environment, T-TESS 1.2 - Planning: Data and Assessment, T-TESS 1.3 - Planning: Knowledge of Students, T-TESS 1.4 - Planning: Activities, T-TESS 2.1 - Instruction: Achieving Expectation, T-TESS 2.2 - Instruction: Content Knowledge and Expertise, T-TESS 2.4 - Instruction: Differentiation, T-TESS 2.5 - Instruction: Monitor and Adjust, T-TESS 3.3 - Learning Environment: Classroom Culture
Online Course, Facilitated

CPE Credits: 18.00  
Registration Closes: 8/15/2022 11:59 pm
Starts: 8/16/2021
Ends: 8/30/2022 11:59 pm