UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Reading

Now Accepting Applications For Fall 2017

The graduate Reading Program at UW-River Falls prepares educators to meet the needs of all readers in their classrooms. Students gain knowledge and skills in effective literacy classroom methods with a focus on using assessment data to guide differentiated instruction. The small cohort of graduate students become a close-knit community, sharing insights and teaching experiences while working with practiced instructors and teachers.

Students may complete a certificate for Wisconsin reading teacher license or a master of science in education degree and Wisconsin reading specialist license. Both options meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements for licensure. Course curriculum follows the standards of the International Literacy Association.

Who Should Apply

  • Educators with at least two years of experience in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms who want to strengthen their skills in developing literacy.

  • Educators seeking to become reading teachers or reading specialists.

Program Features

  • Convenient schedule of classes with online coursework and face-to-face instruction on one Saturday per month and during the summer.

  • Small cohort of peers, learning practical teaching strategies through in depth discussions with each other and expert faculty.

  • Curriculum reflects the needs of educators who want to implement effective literacy practices into their classrooms.

  • Complete the reading teacher certification within one year or continue on to earn master's degree and reading specialist license.


Program Curriculum

Reading Teacher Certificate

Certificate Requirements for Reading Teacher Licensure

READ 700 Foundations of Literacy, 2 credits
READ 705 Language Arts in the Elementary School, 3 credits
READ 722 Secondary School and Content Area Reading, 3 credits
READ 750 Children's Literature in the Reading Program, 3 credits
READ 761 Advanced Elementary Reading Instruction, 3 credits
READ 765 Appraisal and Intervention, 3 credits
READ 775 Clinical Practicum in Literacy Instruction, 1-3 credits
READ 785 Research in Literacy, 3 credits

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

Master of Science in Education

Degree Requirements for Master of Science in Education, Reading Specialist

READ 700 Foundations of Literacy, 2 credits
READ 705 Language Arts in the Elementary School, 3 credits
READ 710 Language Acquisition and Disorders for Reading Teachers, 3 credits
READ 722 Secondary School and Content Area Reading, 3 credits
READ 750 Children's Literature in the Reading Program, 3 credits
READ 761 Advanced Elementary Reading Instruction, 3 credits
READ 765 Appraisal and Intervention, 3 credits
READ 766 Supervision and Administration, 2 credits
READ 775 Clinical Practicum in Literacy Instruction, 1-3 credits
READ 779 Field Experience, 2 credits
READ 785 Research in Literacy, 3 credits

Research Paper
Oral Comprehensive Exam 

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

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.

"I loved the monthly in-person meetings; it's what sets River Falls apart. The ability to share questions and concerns with one another built a support system I came to rely on."

"The program was well designed to accommodate our full-time careers and families."

Ashley Zierl
Elmwood School District, Wisconsin 


Quick Response

 
 

For More Information

Amy Frederick

Dr. Amy Frederick
Program Director
College of Education and Professional Studies
Email

Pamela Bowen
Outreach Program Manager
Email
715-425-3738

Contact Us

Admissions Office
graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu
715-425-3500
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112 South Hall