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 teaching career and earn graduate credits via online courses to meet your professional development goals, renew a license, or as a refresher course.
2016-2017: $435 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,305 per course)
Each reading course is 3 graduate credits.
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
No travel to campus is required.
The courses are not self-paced. Specific assignments are due each week.
Yes, enroll in a course to meet your goals for
Each course is offered three times during the year.
Courses begin in September, January or June.
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
Yes, you may enroll in the courses as a beginning teacher. In addition to successful coursework completion, you may apply later for the reading teacher license, after you have met the two years teaching experience requirement.
You may combine the reading teacher certification courses to fulfill the electives requirement in our online Master of Science in Education graduate degree.
Review the transfer credit policy for the reading teacher certification program regarding previous graduate level literacy or reading coursework.
The reading teacher (WI #316) license is a supplemental/add-on teaching license, which requires at least two years of teaching experience and or eligibility of another teaching license.
Library media specialists, special education teachers, and speech-language pathologists may apply for add-on reading teacher licensure because they hold another teaching license.
School counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers (i.e. pupil services) may not apply for add-on reading teacher licensure unless they hold another type of teaching license.
The years of teaching experience do not have to be completed in Wisconsin.
A long-term substitute teaching assignment, in Wisconsin or out-of-state for the minimum time of an entire semester, may count towards the total number of years in teaching experience for the reading teacher certification.
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 608-266-3390 or 800-441-4563.
No application is required if you are enrolling in a single course for license renewal, transfer to another university, or professional development (not the entire six-course sequence for certification).
Complete the Online Registration Form. There is no registration fee to reserve a class.
Email the form to Emily Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants may apply for the Wisconsin 316 reading teacher license upon successful completion of the six courses and after taking and passing the Foundations of Reading Test. The reading courses provide numerous opportunities for students to become familiar with the test item types that will appear on the assessment.
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 (FORT).
It is recommended that students wait to register for the FORT 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.
Yes, check out the reading specialist certification 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.
Reading teacher certification (Wisconsin 316) is required for the following teaching assignments:
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.
“I know the quality 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
"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."
~ Patricia Muller
Reading Specialist - Centreville Middle School