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Graduate Certificate, Reading Teacher
Master of Science in Education, Reading Specialist

The graduate Reading Program at UW-River Falls prepares educators to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners, provide need-based literacy instruction, and create school and community partnerships that benefit all students.

Who Should Enroll

  • Educators in elementary, middle, and secondary schools who are seeking to become reading teachers or reading specialists.

Program Features

  • Curriculum reflects current theory, research and effective literacy practices.
  • Convenient schedule of classes with online coursework and face-to-face instruction on Saturdays and during the summer.
  • Engaging instruction includes field experiences, action research projects, and professional development opportunities.

 

Certificate Requirements for Reading Teacher Licensure

First Summer: Summer Reading Institute, 8 credits
READ 700 Foundations of Literacy, 2 credits
READ 761 Advanced Elementary Reading Instruction, 3 credits
READ 722 Secondary School and Content Area Reading, 3 credits

First Fall:
READ 705 Language Arts in the Elementary School, 3 credits
READ 765 Appraisal and Intervention, 3 credits

First Spring:
READ 750 Children's Literature in the Reading Program, 3 credits
READ 785 Research in Literacy, 3 credits

Second Summer:
READ 775 Clinical Practicum in Literacy Instruction, 1-3 credits

Completion of a certification portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Degree Requirements for Master of Science in Education, Reading Specialist

First Summer: Summer Reading Institute, 8 credits
READ 700 Foundations of Literacy, 2 credits
READ 761 Advanced Elementary Reading Instruction, 3 credits
READ 722 Secondary School and Content Area Reading, 3 credits

First Fall:
READ 705 Language Arts in the Elementary School, 3 credits
READ 765 Appraisal and Intervention, 3 credits

First Spring:
READ 750 Children's Literature in the Reading Program, 3 credits
READ 785 Research in Literacy, 3 credits

Second Summer:
READ 775 Clinical Practicum in Literacy Instruction, 1-3 credits

Completion of a certification portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (external site).

Second Summer:
READ 710 Language Acquisition and Disorders for Reading Teachers, 3 credits

Second Fall (courses taken concurrently):
READ 766 Supervision and Administration, 2 credits
READ 779 Field Experience, 2 credits
 

Research Paper (Plan B)
Oral Comprehensive Exam 

Completion of a certification portfolio for Administrator Standards as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Students are not required to begin the program in the summer. For information about alternate start times, contact the program coordinator.

For Minnesota Teachers

This program is designed to prepare teachers for Minnesota certification in reading; however, it is the student's responsibility to ensure state licensing requirements are met. Minnesota residents may qualify for tuition reciprocity and should apply through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or call (651) 642-0567.

Admission Process

In addition to the General Admission Process for graduate study at UWRF, applicants will also show that they are certified teachers with two years of regular classroom teaching experience.

For More Information

Amy Frederick
Program Coordinator
College of Education and Professional Studies
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