Reading Licensure Programs for Wisconsin
Wisconsin #17 Reading Specialist Licensure
1. State issued teaching license
2. Master's degree in education and research in the area of reading
3. Wisconsin Reading Teacher 316 License
4. A minimum of three years of successful, regular (non-substitute) classroom teaching experience is required for state licensure. You may apply to and begin coursework at Viterbo University before this requirement for licensure is fulfilled.
5. The following courses taken in this order:
EDUC 590 (formerly 801): Supervision and Staff development (3 credits) Examines effective strategies for supervision and staff development in district and school programs.
EDUC 639: Directing and Supervising K-12 Reading Programs (3 credits) The reading specialist license, issued by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in Wisconsin, is an administrative license. Therefore, this course builds upon general leadership addressed in EDUC 801 and emphasizes specific leadership skills for K-12 literacy programs. The course addresses roles of a reading specialist, leadership in professional development and program development, development of communication skills, and conflict resolution.
EDUC 597 (formerly 785): Seminar in Reading Research (3 credits) This course is waived if reading research has been completed within seven years in a master’s program. Send research to program coordinator for review.
EDUC 596 (formerly 780): Practicum (3 credits)
- Performed in one’s own school district with permission of administration.
- May have up to two academic years to complete.
- Submit a case study documenting competence in teaching and administrative standards.
- Two site visits by the university practicum supervisor.
- A completed fieldwork portfolio is required.
6. Reading Test - Act 166 NEW DPI required test beginning Jan 1, 2014 http://www.wi.nesinc.com/
7. Each student will complete a portfolio of their practicum as evidence that all standards have been met.
8. Upon completion of the program the student is required to fill out an Application for Certificate. Please fill out the form and send it to the program Coordinator. This form is needed for transcripts to reflect a new license.
9. These courses are available on-line. To register for a course call 1-800-234-8721.
For questions about our Reading Specialist Program contact:
Program requirements - Chris Valenti - 1-800-234-8721
Records and file status - Graduate Studies Office - 608-796-3090
Course listings - Programs in Education -1-800-234-8721
Course registrations - Registration - 888-484-0111