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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: $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 or the entire sequence.

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

Textbooks not included in the tuition fee.

 

How long will it take?

Many students enroll in a single course for license renewal and do not enroll in all six of the courses.

If you enroll in all six courses, you may complete the certification in six semesters. 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.

 

Apply Now


Where is the application form for students who are enrolling in all six courses for certification and when is the deadline?

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

If you plan to enroll in all six courses, then download the reading teacher certification program application form.
Apply early to reserve a spot. The program fills a month or more before each term begins.

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

Reading Program Admission Requirements


Registration


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

Register Online for individual courses to renew a teaching license or to transfer credits to another university's program.

There is no registration fee to reserve a class. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date.

All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer and fall).

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 a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or two weeks before the course begins.

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…” are required to take and pass a Foundations of Reading Test. The Practice Test website provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the item types that will appear on the assessment. This test requirement applies to all students who enroll in the Spring 2014 RDGED 707 Practicum.



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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.

Recommended Course Sequence

Answers to additional Frequently Asked Questions

 

Register Online


If you are registering for one course (not the entire reading course sequence), then simply complete the secure, no-hassle online registration form.
NOTE: RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties requires completion of prerequisites.

 

Benefits


  • Complete your Wisconsin reading teacher certification in 6 semesters
  • All courses are offered spring, summer and fall
  • Expert facilitation by experienced K-12 reading educators
  • Small, highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring
  • 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 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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