Graduate Credit InformationSB


All participants in Brainspring’s courses are eligible for graduate credits from Ashland University (Ohio). Participants that apply for graduate credit must attend all scheduled course sessions and sign the attendance form each day. Additionally, participants must actively participate in class sessions and complete all assigned activities. No additional assignments are required for graduate credit beyond those completed during the course sessions or assigned as homework during the course. The number of available graduate credits varies by course, which is outlined below.

Application Deadline

Participants may only apply for graduate credits during the same calendar quarter in which their course ended. This requirement cannot be waived and extensions cannot be granted. Grades will not be processed for applications submitted after the deadline.

Calendar Quarter Last Day to Apply for Graduate Credit
First Quarter (January to March) March 31
Second Quarter (April to June) June 30
Third Quarter (July to September) September 30
Fourth Quarter (October to December) December 31

How to Apply

After your course has ended, use the links in the grid below to apply for graduate credit. You will be redirected to Ashland University’s website to register. Be sure to select the course that you attended. If you are unsure which course you attended, contact for assistance.

Your course must end between July 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 to apply for graduate credit using the links below. If your course ends on a future date, you must wait to apply for graduate credit until your course concludes.

In-Person & Livestream Courses Course Length (hours) Available Graduate Credit(s)
Phonics First® Level l 30 2
Phonics First® Primary 18 1
Phonics First® Kindergarten 18 1
Structures Level 1 30 2
Level ll (4-day) 24 1
Level ll (5-day) 30 2
Science of Reading 12 1
Self-Paced Courses Course Length (hours) Available Graduate Credit(s)
Phonics First® Level l 32 2
Phonics First® Primary 14 1
Structures Level 1 30 2

Once on the Ashland University webpage, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Register for this Course” button. Next, follow the prompts to register and pay for your graduate credit(s).

Note that the course dates displayed on the Ashland webpage will be for the calendar quarter and not specific to your course.

Grades and Transcripts

Grades for Brainspring courses are processed at the end of each calendar quarter. For additional information about accessing your grade or transcript, please refer to your Brainspring Course Manual.

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"Our students showed remarkable progress and our M-STEP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary

"The most common feedback we received is that teachers wished that they have been trained by Brainspring before starting their educational journey."

Erica Keen, K-12 District Dyslexia Coordinator

Arkansas Virtual Academy

"Not only did our students continue to advance in their reading skills as evidenced by a full year’s growth, but 39% of our students made more than one year’s progress in reading."

Jeanine Cyrwus, Director of Outreach & Literacy

Oakwood School

"Feedback from teachers after implementation has been very positive. Since switching to Phonics First, teachers felt like their instruction has been better and they have seen student growth."

Tracy Hinty, Supervision of Federal Programs

Rockbridge County Public Schools

"Thank you for creating such an excellent and diligent phonics program. If schools and families implemented this program to children at a young age, there would not be such a reading epidemic across our nation. Phonics truly is the answer!"

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"I wish I would have found Phonics First earlier in my teaching career. Our students across the country would be stronger readers and writers if a balanced program such as Phonics First was being implemented."

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"I strongly believe after completing this training that EVERY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER should have this!!! Our student reading success would improve if all teachers knew how to teach this material."

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"I learned so much. I now have complete confidence in using the program and teaching the material. I can now implement the material as it was designed. Thank you for a great week!"

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"I feel like I’ve learned more from this PD than any PD I’ve participated in before!"

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"Awesome training. It was my first exposure to Structures, and it is fabulous! I am recommending that each of our elementaries has at least one interventionist trained to use with our 5th and 6th grade struggling readers! Thank you!"

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"I have been hoping for this type of instruction since I have been back in the classroom! The push in many elementary schools is comprehension when children cannot write or read fluently. So excited to move forward with Phonics First! Thank you!!!"

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"Our trainer was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the program and was able to share real world examples. She was also incredibly helpful with answering everyone’s specific questions."

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