Reading Teacher (DPI #316 license), Reading Specialist (DPI #17 license)
Total semester hours: 33 - 39*
The specialization in reading is designed for licensed PK-12 teachers interested in developing their teaching ability or in qualifying as reading teachers or reading specialists. Courses meet guidelines of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the International Reading Association for the preparation of reading teachers and reading specialists.
Degree candidates must be licensed teachers working in a PK-12 setting where they will be able to complete a practicum. In addition, in order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher (316) license, teachers must have completed two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.
Candidates who want to earn the Reading Teacher license (316) must complete the following courses:
*Up to six credits of undergraduate work may be accepted as transfer credit, as determined by the Reading faculty.
Students with a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching license may complete coursework
for the Reading Teacher (316) license as a licensure-only program.
Candidates for the Reading Teacher license must complete at least 18 semester credits, with at least 12 of those credits taken beyond the bachelor’s degree. Candidates are asked to submit undergraduate transcripts to determine if 6 credits can be transferred. In addition, in order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher license, teachers must have completed two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.
In order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Specialist (317) license, teachers must be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher license. In addition to meeting the core courses and Reading Teacher license requirements, candidates for the Master of Arts specialization in reading must take the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the program and for the Reading Specialist license (#17):
Teachers who already hold both a master’s degree and the Reading Teacher license (316) can complete the Reading Specialist license.