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Reading Teacher Certification (316) Early Childhood through Adolescence K-12

Advance your teaching career and earn graduate credits via online courses to meet your professional development goals for license renewal or to complete the Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher certification.

Tuition


How much will it cost?

2014-2015: $415 per semester hour graduate credit  ($1245 per course)

Each reading course is 3 graduate credits.

Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

NOTE: Tuition for students enrolled in University of Wisconsin-Stout's online Master of Science in Education degree will be billed at the degree program credit hour rate. You may select individual courses as electives or the entire sequence.

Payment options: e-check, check, money order, employer purchase order, or credit card.

Textbooks are not included in the tuition fee.
 

When can I begin?

You may begin the program in September, January or June. Courses are offered three times each year.

How long will it take?

If you enroll in one course per term, you may complete the certification in six semesters (two years). If you are teaching/working full-time, enrolling in one course per term is the recommendation of the reading faculty.
Recommended Course Sequence

Courses require posting responses on the course discussion board, reading and replying to other participants' postings, readings, assignments, and field experiences.

Can I transfer in credits?

Review the transfer credit policy for the reading teacher certification program regarding previous graduate level literacy or reading coursework.

 

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When is the deadline to apply and register?

The program is very popular and is full a month before each term begins. Apply early to reserve a spot.

Where is the application form?

Download the Reading Teacher Certification Program Application Form if you plan to enroll in all six courses.

Email the form to Emily Hines at hinese@uwstout.edu

Reading Program Admission Requirements

No application is required if you are enrolling in a single course for license renewal or professional development. Simply register online.


Registration


If I only want to enroll in one or two courses, how do I register online?

Complete the secure, no-hassle Online Registration Form for an individual course to renew a teaching license or to transfer credits to another university's program. NOTE: RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties requires completion of prerequisites.

There is no registration fee to reserve a class.


Courses


All reading teacher certification courses are 3 graduate credits and offered online. No travel to campus is required.

In addition to those who are seeking the Wisconsin 316 reading teacher certification, the reading courses also serve the needs of community and technical college instructors, K-12 teachers living outside of Wisconsin, and others in the field seeking knowledge in the area of literacy education.

  1. RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12

  2. RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12

  3. Choose one literature course:
    RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program
    or
    RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program

  4. RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development

  5. RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties

  6. RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties (requires completion of prerequisites including instructor approval)

  7. According to the Wisconsin State Statute ACT 166:
    SECTION 21. 118.19 (14) (a) any person applying for a teacher license “…to teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or an initial license as a reading specialist…” is required to take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test.

    The test requirement applies to all students who apply for Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher Certification. It is recommended that students wait to register for the test until the RDGED 707 Practicum has been completed.

    Information about the test fee, test dates, a list of the Pearson Test Centers located in Wisconsin, and how to register for the test.

    The Practice Test website provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the item types that will appear on the assessment. 



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Reading teacher certification (Wisconsin 316) is required for the following teaching assignments:

  1. A reading assignment for more than one class per day
  2. A reading assignment in a Title I program identified as a reading program
  3. A reading assignment in a reading recovery program, if not part of a self-contained classroom


Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a reading specialist certification online program available?

Yes, if you have completed the reading teacher certification program, check out the reading specialist certification program.

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

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. We welcome non-master's degree students. The prerequisite for enrolling is completion of an undergraduate bachelor's degree and a teaching license. 

May I enroll in one of the reading courses without taking the entire course sequence and without getting a Masters degree?

Yes, you may register for individual courses to renew a teaching license, to transfer credits to another university or another state's licensure program, or for personal professional development. NOTE: RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties requires completion of prerequisites.

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Benefits


  • Complete your Wisconsin reading teacher certification in 6 semesters
  • All courses are offered January, June, and September
  • Expert facilitation by experienced K-12 reading educators
  • Small, highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Highly competitive tuition
  • Credits may also apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
  • No travel to campus is required
  • Field-based teaching experiences in your own school/community for early integration of meaningful fieldwork with your coursework
  • Individual courses may be taken to meet professional development goals or to renew a teaching license or to transfer credit to another university
  • Accreditation

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If you have specific questions or need more information about the application and registration process, request information online. One of our program advisers will be in touch with you shortly or you may phone (715) 642-0209.

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Our Students Say...

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I know the rigor of the UW- Stout program was key to my success in being offered a reading specialist and literacy coaching position with the DeForest Area School District. 

The interview team was clearly impressed when I presented items from my portfolio. I feel well prepared to take on this new and exciting challenge.”
~ Kathy Williams
DeForest, Wisconsin


 

"In addition to Reading Practicum RDGED 707, I also successfully completed 701 Developmental Reading K-12 and 706 Assessment and Evaluation. At the completion of the practicum, I will be awarded Reading Specialist certification through the state of Maryland.

Each of the UW-Stout reading courses has been extremely thorough and well-organized. I have gained invaluable insight into struggling readers and practiced a multitude of strategies in real-life context.

I know, without a doubt, that I will return to the course textbooks and print resources to guide me as I work with meeting the individual needs of my students. I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes and would recommend them to any of my colleagues interested in certification."

~ Patricia Muller
Reading Specialist - Centreville Middle School
Centreville, Maryland

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