Professional & Continuing Studies

Boy taking an online reading skills class at home

Five-week classes available throughout the spring and summer

Continuing to help prekindergarten to adult students learn from anywhere they have an internet connection, the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) is increasing its spring and summer offerings of live-online reading skills programs.

Designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide provider of reading skills instruction since 1970, IRD has conducted thousands of live-online programs to more than 50,000 students of all ages.

“Our experienced and inspiring teachers know how to provide effective instruction in the live-online format, which allows students to connect with each other while building strong skills and developing a deep love of reading,” said Josh Kizner, CEO and vice president, partnerships for the Institute of Reading Development.

Participants see, hear and speak with their instructors and classmates in real time as they read and discuss books and learn age-appropriate reading skills. Between each class, they complete independent assignments and interactive online skills lessons. From 4-year-olds and kindergartners to college students and adults, programs are presented for nine age groups.

“Parents can feel confident that their kids will continue to grow by building skills and immersing themselves in some of the best books written for children at every age,” said Kizner.

Beginning in April, the live-online reading skills classes meet once per week for five weeks. Classes with start dates through early August are open for registration. For more information, or to enroll, visit or call 800-903-2173.