Reading Teacher (WI 1316)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

An online program that brings educators from across the state to share and unite through a progressive, modern approach to teaching and learning. Educators will develop a deep understanding of authentic instruction and assessment that focuses on the students’ lived experiences, literacies, and funds of knowledge. Asset-based approaches to understanding the influences of Global Englishes, family and community literacies, and social justice will provide educators with the ability to design instruction and assessment, and create spaces of possibility for students.

  • 15-credits (5 courses) - fully online

The Reading Teacher licensure program can be taken as an area of emphasis as part of the MA in Education for a total of 30-credits (10 courses) - online culminating with a four day on-campus residency and graduation ceremony. 





Admission Requirements for all Graduate Programs in Education (degree, license, endorsement, or certificate) include the following, but may include additional program-specific admission requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution in order to be admitted in good standing
  • Earned teaching or administrative license
  • One academic reference contact required for Wisconsin and Iowa Educational Leadership programs

All requirements for any graduate program in education must be completed within seven years from the date of application to the graduate program. Coursework must have been taken within the last seven years from the date of application to be applied to program requirements, with the exception of Iowa Educational Leadership programs which is limited to five years. 

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to complete any graduate program in education and a grade of C or higher earned in all Viterbo University coursework. 

Students who have completed any Viterbo University graduate program within the last seven years may use up to 15 credits of eligible graduate level courses to satisfy the elective requirements for degree candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education Program

Students who have completed the Viterbo University Post-baccalaureate program within the last seven years may use up to fifteen credits of eligible graduate level courses toward the elective requirement for degree candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education Program

Wisconsin Reading Teacher License, PK-12 (WI 1316)

  • Possess a current Wisconsin Teaching license
  • Demonstrated two years of regular full-time teaching experience
  • Earn a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Transfer Credit

Wisconsin License (Reading 1316/ Cross-categorical Special Education)

Upon acceptance, student may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate credit taken within seven years of application date. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Foundations of Reading/Literacy Development: Students will convey knowledge of the theories and research in early literacy to evaluate and integrate best practices.
  • Development of Reading Comprehension: Teachers will identify the multiple strands of skills and strategies that build comprehension in the K-12 learner.
  • Reading Assessment and Instruction: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of assessments and differentiate appropriately based on instructional needs.
  • Integration of Reading/Literacy Knowledge & Understanding: Students will implement authentic literacy instruction across the curriculum.
  • Standard Alignment: Students will identify curricular standards and determine best practices to implement for literacy instruction of the K-12 learner.