Introduction to Early Steps Small Group Intervention:
Instruction for At-Risk Beginning Readers

Early StepsSM Small Group Model

EDU 59/6930-030 / EDU 59/6930-040



This graduate course is designed to help educators develop theoretical and practical knowledge of effective, research-based assessment and intervention for beginners who are at-risk for reading difficulties. The course follows a "practicum model," in which participants build a conceptual framework for reading development and effective intervention through a mentored clinical experience.

The course is open to all educators, including but not limited to: university education students, classroom teachers, reading specialists, special educators, administrators, paraprofessionals, and English-Language-Learner (ELL) personnel.

The intervention model for this course, Early StepsSM Small Group, is a compilation of effective, research-based assessment and intervention techniques, designed for students experiencing reading difficulties.

Through tutoring, observations, readings, and attendance at clinical sessions, educators will be expected to extend their knowledge of the following topics: reading development, phonological awareness, concept of word, word identification, synthetic blending, automaticity, fluency, textual scaffolding, oral language development, building/activating background knowledge, comprehension strategies, and motivation.

Most importantly, participants will be expected to use their knowledge of these topics as they provide ongoing, one-on-one assessment and intervention for at least one struggling reader.

This course fulfills the Tier II USOE requirement for the Reading Interventionist Endorsement.


To reserve your spot in this practicum, you must provide all requested information below. Please be aware that practica spots are limited, fill quickly and are allocated on a "first come; first served" basis.

Scholarship Apllication Information:
EDU 5643-030/EDU 6643-030: $450, 3 credit/no credit grade. To view the course syllabus, click here.

EDU 5643-040/EDU 6643-040: $550, 3 letter grade credits. Participants who need a letter grade on their transcripts should register for this course [paper required]. To view the course syllabus, click here.

To determine if either of these courses applies to your school district salary schedule or to your university education program, please consult the appropriate district and/or university advisors.

Presentation of course completion on a university transcript to the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) yields 54 re-licensure points.

The UURC is located at:
        University of Utah Reading Clinic
        5242 South College Drive (approximately 480 West), Suite 100
        Murray, UT 84123

For driving directions, go here.


All persons working with students at our Murray site or in field schools where they are not employed are required to provide the UURC with documentation of clearing a criminal background check. You may provide this documentation to the UURC via email, land mail, or by bringing it to the office. Participants who do not meet this requirement by the course deadline will not be allowed to work with students. START THIS PROCESS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE; IT MAY TAKE WEEKS TO COMPLETE!

If you are practicing educator, it is likely that you have already completed this process and have a record of such on the USOE CACTUS system. Visit the following website to view your records and obtain documentation: If the CACTUS system states that you that you do not need a background check at this time, please provide the UURC with that CACTUS message, and a copy of your current Utah educator license.

If you are a University of Utah student, you should use the USOE Online License System because USOE clearance within the last 3 years is required for all University of Utah education coursework (e.g., EDU 1010, admittance to the teacher certification programs). Instructions are provided at

If you are neither a practicing educator, nor a University of Utah student, you must still provide documentation of clearance from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (UBCI). Please check the following websites for the application and directions to complete this process:

Thank you for your patience with this process that protects our students!


Your attendance is of the utmost importance because the UURC has recruited struggling readers to work with you every day. If you are absent, the child does not receive intervention.

Participants must be present for training (June 7, 8, and 11), the last 2 days of clinic (July 18 and July 19), and may not miss more than a total of 2 clinic sessions. No exceptions!

Participants who do not meet these attendance requirements will not receive credit for the course.


Dates & Times:
Training: June 7,8,11 (Wednesday/Thursday/Monday) from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Clinic: June 12 - July 19, Mondays through Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(no class on Wednesday July 4 & Thursday July 5)

University of Utah Reading Clinic
5242 South College Drive, Suite 100
Murray, UT 84123

Trina Robbins - 801-265-3951,
Grace Craig - 801-265-3951,

Note: Each participant will need to prepare materials that must be brought to the first and all subsequent sessions. See course syllabus for details.

*** The course is full. ***

If you sign up you will be put on a waiting list.
If a spot becomes available we will contact you,
but registration is not guaranteed.

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Phone*:      Email*:

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I am taking this course for a letter grade.
I am taking this course to fulfill a reading methods practicum requirement.


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