3 Credit Masters Course Online – General Information



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What is EBLI?

EBLI (Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction) is a comprehensive system of instruction that provides teachers with the research-based theory, skills, concepts, and practice to effectively and efficiently teach students how to read, write, and spell correctly and adeptly. EBLI provides systematic, explicit, multi-sensory, sequential instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing, and handwriting with guided practice and focused error correction. EBLI training includes highly engaging lessons as well as instruction and materials to infuse the strategies and activities across the curriculum, ensuring that all students are interactively learning in ways that enhance their literacy ability and performance.

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What is the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?

EBLI has partnered with Marygrove College to provide our revolutionary teacher training, taught in-person to thousands of teachers since 2003, in an online setting. The EBLI Online 3 Credit Master's Course is a 15-week course that provides the same background, assessment, and theory provided in an in-person training, but expands to include a bridge to practice with student instruction each week. Trainees are able to immediately implement activities that deliver the research-based EBLI skills, concepts and information they are learning in the training with their student(s). These activities can be infused into any literacy program and across the curriculum.

Who is the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course for?

This 3 credit reading course can be taken by those needing 3 credits to move to a Professional license. It does not meet the Michigan Department of Education requirement for a Diagnostic Reading Course.

This course may also be used to complete requirements in other master's degree programs at Marygrove and other colleges. If you have questions about this,  please check with your program advisor or call EBLI Headquarters at 810-732-4810.

It is geared toward those teaching 2nd–8th Grade and K–adult Remediation (Special Education, RtI, Title 1).

IMPORTANT: This course is primarily taught through video instruction and practical application (teaching student(s) in a classroom). Course participants must have access to students in a 1 on 1, small group, or whole class teaching environment for the duration of the 15-week course.

What are the contents and layout of the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?


The course contains video instruction from EBLI Founder Nora Chahbazi.


Along with theory and assessment, instruction includes the research-based EBLI system of activities and strategies delivered through non-rules based systematic, explicit, sequential instruction and application of:

  • Phonemic awareness and phonics through the letter/sound relationship
  • Concepts, patterns, and tendencies unique to the English language.
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Writing
  • Theory
  • Assessment

Instruction is multi-sensory as well as diagnostic and prescriptive with an emphasis on accuracy, engagement, and application. This course includes instruction in how to infuse activities and strategies cross curricular within all subject areas that require reading, writing, and spelling.
Course participants will learn to teach EBLI strategies to students in any instructional setting (1 on 1, small group, whole class).

How much time should be dedicated to the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?

Time Commitment: 15 weeks, 5 - 10 hours per week (time is split between online learning, teaching students, and completing assignments)

Some weeks have more videos and activities than others. We advise building in additional time for assignments, discussion board responses, facilitator questions, and additional practice with students. Module 1 can take more time since trainees are acclimating to Blackboard.

Payment and Registration

What is the cost of the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?


Along with the training, this includes (upon successful completion of the course):

  • EBLI Certificate
  • EBLI E-book, which includes:
    • Lesson plans
    • Lesson planning templates
    • Activity scripts
    • Support materials
    • Word lists
    • Thousands of EBLI-ized words
  • Lifetime Access to the EBLI Online Member’s Area, which includes:
    • Hundreds of instructional videos (including many from the course)
    • Support documents and resources
  • Access to optional EBLI Coaching

Payment is due on or before the first day of the course.

How do I sign up for the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?

Click here for registration information.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

  • Students have until the last day of the first week to Drop without penalty to grades.  They will get a refund of any money they have paid.  After the first week, students must Withdraw.
  • If a student withdraws during the 2nd week, they receive a 50% refund.
  • If a student withdraws during the 3rd week, they receive a 25% refund.
  • After the third week, there is no refund.

Materials and Access

What materials will I need?

Course participants will be required to print materials (up to 50 pages) each week.  In addition, they will need the following before beginning the course:

  • Book: Why Our Children Can't Read
  • Book: How the Brain Learns to Read
  • Book: Language at the Speed of Sight
  • Binder – 1.5 in
  • Binder Tabs – minimum 21
  • Whiteboard (12 x 18 inches) – one for instructor and each student
    • Recommendation: purchase a sheet of shower board or melamine from a home improvement store and have it cut into 12 x 18 inch rectangles
  • Dry Erase Marker – one for instructor and each student
  • Eraser – one for instructor and each student
    • Recommendation: use tissue, old socks, fingers from gloves, pom poms, felt cut into squares, or purchase mini eraser from The Markerboard People
  • Manila Folder – two for each student
  • Sticky Chart Paper – one pad – 25 x 30 in

Can instruction learned from the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course be shared with others?

No. Everyone who takes the course signs a contract before gaining access, agreeing to use the materials and information only for them and the students they teach.

How and when is access granted?

The EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course is hosted on the Marygrove Blackboard website. After registering, trainees receive log-in information in an email from Marygrove.
If log-in information is not received within a week of filling out online registration form, please call EBLI Headquarters at 810-732-4810 for further instructions.

Access to the course is granted one week before the official start date and is removed at the conclusion of the course.

Can trainees begin the course early?

Yes, and this is highly recommended. This allows for trainees to print and organize materials and student instruction materials, get acquainted with the Marygrove Blackboard website, and begin the course. Trainees can begin the course and submit assignments before the official start date.

Does it matter if I’m in a different time zone?

That is not an issue. Trainees choose which times they work through the course. The facilitator will have set ‘virtual office hours’ for trainees to connect and ask questions. These will be scheduled to accommodate EST through PT time zones. Different office hour time can be scheduled for trainees in other countries.

Pacing and Assignments

What types of assignments are included and how are they graded?


There are six types of assignments/practice in the course:

  1. Discussion Board Participation – Trainees will answer required discussion questions and respond to others
  2. Essays – Trainees will write two 3-page essays in the course
  3. Video Assignments - Trainees will video tape and write a response to their instruction four times throughout the course
  4. Authentic Lesson - Trainees will create one lesson in the course
  5. Practice Worksheets - Trainees are given extra practice for some of the activities
  6. Application – Trainees are expected to experience the instruction as if they were learning to read, and implement the instruction with their own students through structured practice sessions. This training happens through:

Emergent reader instruction

    1. Trainees go through the student instruction videos of each activity as if they (the trainees) themselves are the students in Nora’s classroom as she teaches each activity to a classroom, small group, or 1:1.
    2. Some modules/activities have practice worksheets for the trainee to do to practice and reinforce the skills, concepts, and information they learned. This allows the trainee to experience the activity as well as know about it.

Structured practice sessions

    1. When introducing each activity for the first time, trainees will show the Student Instruction video to their student(s).
    2. Later the same day or later in the week, they will teach this activity to their student(s) using different words that are provided and do a reflection activity after.


    1. This occurs through the Essays and Video Assignments.


Each trainee can earn up to 500 points throughout the course. Please see the Syllabus for more detailed information and grading breakdown. The facilitator will provide feedback and further assistance as needed in order for trainees to become proficient in learning and teaching all the activities.

What if I don't complete all of the assignments?

**Trainees who pass the course with a score of 75% or higher will receive the following and trainees with a score of 74% or lower will not receive the following:

  • EBLI Certificate
  • EBLI E-book, which includes:
    • Lesson Plans
    • Lesson planning templates
    • Activity scripts
    • Support materials
    • Word lists
    • Thousands of EBLI-ized words
  • Lifetime Access to the EBLI Online Member's Area, which includes:
    • Hundreds of instructional videos (including many from the course)
    • Support documents and resources
  • Access to optional EBLI Coaching

Trainees must inform their facilitator when personal circumstances prevent on-time submission of work. Facilitators offer flexibility and will work with students in such circumstances.

After Training

What happens after successful completion of the EBLI 3 Credit Online Master's Course?

EBLI Certification

Once a trainee has successfully passed the course with a score of 75% or higher, they will receive the following via email:

  • EBLI Certificate
  • EBLI E-book, which includes:
    • Lesson plans
    • Lesson planning templates
    • Activity scripts
    • Support materials
    • Word lists
    • Thousands of EBLI-ized words
  • Lifetime Access to the EBLI Online Member’s Area, which includes:
    • Hundreds of instructional videos (including many from the course)
    • Support documents and resources
  • Access to optional EBLI Coaching

Trainees should use these resources to continue teaching EBLI within any reading, writing, and spelling instruction.

Tell me about follow-up Instructional Coaching.

The optional coaching with EBLI staff is extremely powerful because it gives trainees a chance to get feedback while teaching EBLI with their own students.

Click here to see coaching options available to EBLI-trained individuals.

I have more questions – who should I contact?

Please feel free to contact us at EBLI Headquarters with any additional questions: