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READING

 

The graduate program in reading is designed for classroom teachers seeking greater expertise in the teaching of reading or wishing to qualify for reading teacher, reading specialist, or reading coordinator positions. Certification (or certifiability) to teach at either the elementary, middle, or secondary level is required for entry into the program. To complete degree requirements, students must elect one of the following program options:

 

  1. Thesis Option — 30 semester credits  including completion of a Master’s  Thesis (RDG 799, Master’s Thesis)
  2. Seminar Paper — 30 semester credits  including completion of a Seminar  Paper (RDG 761, Seminar Paper)
  3. Comprehensive Examination — 36 semester credits and successful completion of a three-hour compre-hensive examination.

 

At least one-half of all credits (Options A–C) must be earned in 700-level courses. Candidates selecting the thesis or seminar paper option must begin work on their papers with an adviser at least two terms prior to the term in which they expect to graduate. Candidates selecting the 36-credit option should schedule their comprehensive examination with the program director for the term in which they expect to graduate.

 

CONCENTRATIONS

 

Three instructional emphases or concentrations are available in the graduate reading program. Concentration I meets the requirements for Wisconsin’s DPI 316 Reading Teacher license; Concentration II meets the requirements for Wisconsin’s DPI 317 Reading Specialist license; and Concentration III is designed for classroom teachers uninterested in 316/317 licensure but desiring greater expertise in developing literacy skills. All candidates for licensure (Concentrations I and II) must meet designated course requirements and must have two years of classroom teaching experience. Since classroom teaching experience can be interpreted in various ways, the program director should be consulted if there are any questions.

Concentration I — Reading Teacher

 

Required Courses

Credits

(listed in preferred sequence)

 

RDG

741

Reading in the Elementary School

3

* RDG

528

Reading in the Content Areas

3

* EDM

510

Children’s Literature

3

 

 

or

 

* EDM

515

Adolescent Literature

3

 

 

or

 

EDM

773

Current Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults

3

RDG

730

Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulties

3

RDG

733

Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Reading Difficulties

3

* RDG

747

Reading Practicum

3

RDG

762

Reading Theory and Research

3

RDG

761

Seminar Paper (not required for Plan A or C)

2

 

 

or

 

RDG

799

Master’s Thesis (not required for Plan B or C)

3-6

 

Concentration II —Reading Specialist

 

Required Courses

Credits

(listed in preferred sequence)

 

RDG

741

Reading in the Elementary School

3

* RDG

528

Reading in the Content Areas

3

* EDM

510

Children’s Literature

3

 

 

or

 

* EDM

515

Adolescent Literature

3

 

 

or

 

EDM

773

Current Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults

3

RDG

730

Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulties

3

RDG

733

Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Reading Difficulties

3

RDG

739

Guiding and Directing the K-12 Reading Program

3

* RDG

747

Reading Practicum

3

RDG

762

Reading Theory and Research

3

RDG

735

Developing Content Area Reading Programs

3

RDG

781

Educational Supervision

3

RDG

761

Seminar Paper (not required for Plan A or C)

2

 

 

or

 

RDG

799

Master’s Thesis (not required for Plan B or C)

3-6

 

Concentration III —Classroom Teacher Emphasis

 

Required Courses

Credits

(listed in preferred sequence)

 

RDG

741

Reading in the Elementary School

3

* RDG

528

Reading in the Content Areas

3

* RDG

520

Emergent Literacy

3

 

 

or

 

RDG

710

Seminar: Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School

3

EDM

773

Current Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults

3

RDG

735

Developing Content Reading Programs

3

RDG

730

Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulties

3

* RDG

747

Reading Practicum

3

RDG

762

Reading Theory and Research

3

RDG

761

Seminar Paper (not required for Plan A or C)

2

 

 

or

 

RDG

799

Master’s Thesis(not required for Plan B or C)

3-6

 

ELECTIVES

 

Elective credits to meet the 30 credit (plans A and B) or 36 credit (plan C) minimums must be approved by the program director. Elective credits are to be taken from courses that focus on reading/writing relationships, language arts instruction, writing instruction, use of computers in reading/language arts instruction and curriculum development. Examples are:

 

 

C-I

752

Principles and Problems

of Curriculum

Development

3

 

C-I

739

Research and Practice in

Improving Written 

Expression

3

 

C-I

406/

606

Teaching Basic

Writing Skills

1

 

C-I

407/

607

Uses of Computers and

Software in Middle and

Secondary School

Writing

3

 

C-I

746

Seminar in Teaching

English Language Arts

1-3

 

RDG

745

Early Reading

Empowerment I

3

 

RDG

746

Early Reading

Empowerment II

3

 

RDG

765

Factors Related to

Reading Performance

2-3

 

RDG

450/

650

Reading and Writing

Across the Curriculum:

 

 

 

 

Learning to Learn

from Text

3

 

RDG

770

Symposium in Reading

Education

1-3

 

 

For description of C-I courses, see Curriculum and Instruction, pp. 72-77.

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Students must earn at minimum a 3.00 grade point average in courses required for the 316 and/or 317 reading licenses in order to qualify for certification.

 

Non-Degree Students

(Candidates seeking licensure only)

 

316 Reading Teacher Certification:

Eighteen semester credits of which no more than six may be earned as  part of an undergraduate degree. Required courses are as follows:  RDG 528, 730, 733, 741, 747, and EDM 510, 515 or 773.

 

317 Reading Specialist Certification:

Candidates must earn a master’s degree, meet requirements for the 316 license, and complete RDG 735, 739, 762 and 781.

COURSE ROTATIONS

 

All required courses and several electives are offered at least once every other year. The rotation schedule is indicated in the course descriptions. Since changes in enrollment patterns may require changes to this schedule, students should always check the timetable before registering.

 


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