Master of Arts in Education

MAE with WI Reading Specialist License

MAE with WI Reading Specialist License

The MAE with WI Reading Specialist 17 License program prepares educators to lead and supervise district-wide reading programs. Educators will increase their knowledge of assessment tools and diagnostic practices to plan and develop reading programs that increase student learning and achievement.  Coursework will focus on developing effective leadership, staff development coordination and planning, collaboration with stakeholders, and advancement of professional communication skills. Educators completing the license requirements will increase their marketability and opportunity to work in administrative literacy leadership positions. 

A Wisconsin Reading Teacher 316 license is a prerequisite for application to this program.  

This program consists of a minimum of 30 graduate credits.

  • 15-credits of core coursework.  Core course descriptions are provided on the Course Description menu.
  • 9-credits of coursework specific to the Reading Specialist 17 license.  Course descriptions, schedules, and licensing information is available on the Reading Specialist webpage.  The research requirement will be completed as a component of the core coursework. 
  • 6-credits of approved elective credits will be chosen from EDUC, EDUL, EDEL.  Educators typically combine coursework from the reading programs, special education programs, and elective (EDEL) coursework to fulfill the elective requirement. Your advisor will assist you in determining the correct course selection and sequence.

    NOTE: Candidates may petition for up to six (6) credits of graduate credit taken prior to beginning the MAE program may be used as electives in this program, either transferred in from other institutions or taken at Viterbo. Courses must have been taken at a graduate level within seven (7) years of applying to the program to be eligible, and official transcripts must be submitted at the time of application showing evidence of these courses. (Effective June 1, 2012, EDEX credits are no longer acceptable as transfer credits and as of 2017 EDUC/EDPD 510, 546, 547, 548, 549 courses are not eligible for transfer of credit)
    Viterbo EDUC/EDPD 510, 546, 547, 548, and 549 courses may not be used as MAE electives after the MAE program has started, and may not exceed 6 credits of the overall elective requirements.  

For questions regarding the MAE with WI Reading Specialist 17 License program, contact an advisor listed below. 

Susie Hughes
Master of Arts in Education Program Specialist/Advisor

Jeannette Armstrong
Reading Program Specialist/Advisor