VESi COmmon Core Courses

Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards have become a national focus with 45 states having already adopted these standards. School districts and teachers alike are being required to develop and teach academic curriculum that aligns with these new standards. Virtual Education Software's "Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually" and its three-course "Reading Fundamentals" series present the skills and concepts necessary for educators to teach these essential skills to their students.

How to Get Started

Simply choose a university that offers our courses for the appropriate type of credit that you are required to take. Each university page will provide you with the type of credit and courses offered through that particular university. Follow the registration directions on that university's page or give us a call at 1-800-313-6744.

VESi recommends that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.

VESi Courses that align with Common Core Standards


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Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

Graduate Credit Syllabus  | Undergraduate - CEU - Clock Hours - PLU - PDU Syllabus

  • Course Description
    The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.

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Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

Graduate Credit Syllabus  | Undergraduate - CEU - Clock Hours - PLU - PDU Syllabus

  • Course Description
    Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction.

Offered Online Offered via CD

Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

Graduate Credit Syllabus  | Undergraduate - CEU - Clock Hours - PLU - PDU Syllabus

  • Course Description
    This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions.

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Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

Graduate Credit Syllabus | Undergraduate - CEU - Clock Hours - PLU - PDU Syllabus

  • Course Description
    This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.

About Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

Information about Common Core Standards provided by NGA Center, CCSSO and Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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