University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Online Professional Development
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
UW-Stout can help you achieve your goals.
Advance your career and earn graduate credits via online courses to meet your professional development goals as a literacy coach or reading specialist.
2016-2017 $435 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,305 per course)
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
eTextbooks are included in the tuition fee.
Totally online. No travel to campus is required. No weekend, summer or night classes.
If you are teaching full-time, enrolling in one course per term is the recommendation of the reading faculty. Course assignments require posting responses on the discussion board, reading and replying to other participants' discussion postings, readings, assignments, and field experiences.
RDGED 720 Leading and Directing the Reading Program
RDGED 721 Supporting Literacy Instruction
RDGED 722 Reading Specialist Field Experience
(Prerequisites: completion of RDGED 720 and RDGED 721 and instructor approval)
If you have not completed a Master's degree, you may combine two credits from the reading teacher certification with the reading specialist courses (9 credits) to fulfill the electives requirement in our online Master of Science in Education graduate degree.
View the degree program plan.
If you have completed a Master's degree, simply enroll in the three courses for the reading specialist certification (Wisconsin #17).
There is no fee to register for a class.
Registration is available until each session is filled or five days before the course begins.
RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12
RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12
RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program
RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program
RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development
RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties
RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties (requires completion of prerequisites including instructor approval)
Email the application to Emily Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience as a reading teacher (i.e. Title I, intervention, etc) with an emergency license, also counts towards the three years of experience required for the reading specialist license (WI#17).
If you have questions about your current Wisconsin teaching license, obtaining a Wisconsin reading teaching license, or the verification of your teaching experience, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at (608) 266-0452 or (608) 266-2386.
Eligibility is determined by reviewing:
No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning the Masters of Science in Education degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by your state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) provision for this requirement can be found on pg. 10 herein:
Contact your state's accrediting agency, State Board of Education or other certifying agency and obtain a statement regarding the coursework requirements in your state. They will assist you in verifying the applicability of this reading specialist certification to your state's requirements. Each state has different certification requirements.
A reading specialist license is required for any person who directs early childhood through adolescence reading programs or works with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading or literacy coach.
What are the job responsibilities of a reading specialist?
Per s.118.015(3), Wis. Stats., a reading specialist shall: develop and implement a reading curriculum in grades kindergarten to 12, act as a resource person to classroom teachers to implement the reading curriculum, work with administrators to support and implement the reading curriculum, conduct an annual evaluation of the reading curriculum, and coordinate the reading curriculum with other reading programs and other support services within the school district.
“This course opened my eyes to the all-encompassing responsibilities of the reading specialist. I feel that I can be a person who can lead change, who can develop and support a reading program through collaboration and communication, and who will make data driven decisions based upon best practice.”
~ Caryl Kidd, Title One Teacher
“This course was a great opportunity for me to reflect on myself as a reading specialist/literacy coach and has given me more confidence.”
~ Jaimie Howe, Literacy Coach
“The skills I gained will allow me to provide valuable coaching and staff training to make our reading program an effective program for all students. I would like to say that after completing this course I feel much more confident in what I can offer our school district. We know that we have a lot of challenges ahead in regards to our reading program such as reviewing our current program to align with Common Core state standards and preparing our teachers for the RtI requirements.
~ Karen Thoen, Reading Teacher