Scholastic RED Professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators

PLEASE NOTE: Register for graduate credit only after you have started your online course. All participants must register within 10 days of starting their course in order to qualify for graduate credit.

Graduate credit from Ashland University may be earned upon successful completion of Scholastic RED course requirements. Credit hours per course are listed on the table below. Graduate credits may be used as electives in select Ashland University M.S. Education programs and/or to meet local salary or State of Ohio licensure requirements.

Each RED course is worth three semester hours of graduate credit. (Students who enroll in RED courses for credit must pay for their own credit hours. Credit hour costs are based on semester hour rates established by the university.)

Graduate Credit Costs
Fee per 3 credit hour RED course $405
Fee per 2 credit hour RED course $270

Online Course Registration
To register go to the Ashland University site by clicking on or cutting and pasting this link to your browser: Click "ONLINE CLASSES" (in the purple bar) and select Scholastic Red.
Click on the appropriate course link to register.

Adjunct Professor of Record:
Tom Lavinder

Ashland University Contact:
Tom Lavinder
Ashland University
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805-3702
Telephone: 800-882-1548 or 419-289-5350

Course Title Course Number Credit Hours
Developing Foundations for Early Childhood 6130 M3 3
6 Traits: Building a Foundation for Writing 6130 A1 3
Putting Reading First in Your Classroom 6130 P1 3
Building Fluency 6130 E1 3
Building Vocabulary for Reading Success 6130 F1 3
Reading Success for English Language Learners 6130 T1 3
Guided Reading: Making It Work in Your Classroom 6130 G1 3
Building Foundational Skills: Phonics, Word Study, and Comprehension 6130 Y8 3
Exploring the Lexile Framework for Reading 6130 C1 3
6 Traits: Assessing and Teaching Writing 6130 B1 3
Improving Reading Comprehension 6130 L1 3
Building Decoding Skills and Strategies 6130 D1 3
Improving Fluency 6130 K1 3
Strategies for Teaching Striving Readers 6130 U1 3
Supporting Secondary Teachers in Literacy Instruction 6130 V1 2
Leading a Literacy-Focused School 6130 M1 2
Middle School Literacy: Improving Text Comprehension 6130 N1 3
Improving Decoding Skills and Strategies 6130 J1 3
High School Literacy: Comprehension Through Active, Strategic Reading 6130 H1 3
READ 180: Best Practices for Reading Intervention 6130 R1 3
READ 180: Making It Work in Your Classroom 6130 S1 3
Course Requirements
  • Participate in and complete all required online and face-to-face sessions.
  • The result on the Course Review (end of course assessment) will determine your final grade. Upon completion of the Scholastic RED course, you must send your Scholastic RED Course Record to Ashland University.
To send a copy of your RED Course Record, go to and log-in using your user name and password. From the My RED Homepage, click the My Course Record button on the left side of the page. Click the Email My RED Course Record link and follow the instructions. Be sure to check the box for Ashland University.

The grading criteria are:

A 18-20
B 16-17
C 14-15
D 12-13
F 11 and below

Transcripts from Ashland University are available at Click on "TRANSCRIPT REQUEST" (in the purple bar).

Graduate Credit for Scholastic RED Professional Development Courses
Effective professional development requires that teachers reflect on their learning and refine their teaching based on that reflection. Teachers enrolled in Scholastic RED courses study and apply the research-based components of effective reading instruction and reading strategies. Over a period of several weeks, teachers implement and refine these strategies as they work towards transforming their online coursework into classroom practice.

Participants applying for graduate credit for RED courses must adhere to the following requirements:
  • Scholastic RED participants will be allowed to enroll in and earn graduate credit for only two Scholastic RED courses per semester/quarter (corresponding to university Fall (September-December), Winter/Spring (January-May), and Summer (June-August) semesters/quarters).
  • Each RED course must be completed in no fewer than 5 weeks and no more than 15 weeks.
  • Participants must register for graduate credit within 10 days of logging-in to their Scholastic RED course.
Graduate credit requirements and policies may vary by university. Check with the university where you are applying for graduate credit to ensure that you meet its requirements.