READING

All Reading programs are currently being restructured. No new students are being accepted until the restructuring is complete.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Education degree in Reading is designed for classroom teachers seeking greater expertise in the teaching of reading and for those who seek to qualify for reading teacher, reading coach, reading specialist, or reading coordinator positions.

Program Admission
The following are required for admission to graduate study in the Graduate Reading Program: a) bachelor’s degree; b) certification or certify-ability as a teacher; c) prior completion of student teaching or equivalent at the elementary or secondary level; d) unconditional admission to graduate study; and e) submission of admissions portfolio. The admissions portfolio consists of required admission paperwork that is submitted by the candidate to the UWL Admissions Office and a reflective paper on teaching and literacy learning that is submitted directly to the program director.

Program Options
A.  Thesis Option - 30 semester credits including completion of a master’s thesis (RDG 799, Master’s Thesis)
B.  Seminar Paper - 30 semester credits including completion of a seminar paper (RDG 761, Seminar Paper)
C.  Comprehensive Examination - 36 semester credits and successful completion of a three-hour comprehensive 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.

Portfolio Requirements
Each student must complete a portfolio. The portfolio must demonstrate the student’s growth as assessed with a rubric at benchmarks throughout the program. Students working toward Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher certification will complete a portfolio based on the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Reading Association (IRA). The portfolio for students who are working toward the Wisconsin 17 Reading Specialist certification will address the IRA Standards and the Wisconsin DPI Administrator Standards. Graduate students should see the Graduate Reading Program Web site for portfolio guidelines as soon as they begin taking courses.

Concentrations
Three 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 17 Reading Specialist license. Concentration III is designed for classroom teachers who are not seeking 316 or 17 licensure but desire greater expertise in developing students’ 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                                                             
(listed in preferred sequence)


Credits
RDG 741 Reading in the Elementary School 3
RDG 528 Reading in the Content Areas*            3
EDM 540 Children’s Literature* OR 3
EDM 541 Adolescent Literature* OR 3
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
     

Additional courses required for the Master of Science in Education degree in Reading:

 
RDG 762 Reading Theory and Research  3
RDG 761 Seminar Paper (30 credit option)**  OR 3-6
RDG 799 Master’s Thesis (30 credit option)** 3-6
     
*May be waived if comparable courses were taken at the undergraduate level.
**36 credit option: Comprehensive Exam
     
Concentration II -Reading Specialist Credits
RDG 741 Reading in the Elementary School  3
RDG 528 Reading in the Content Areas*   3
EDM 540 Children’s Literature* OR 3
EDM 541  Adolescent Literature* OR 3
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 735 Developing Content Reading Programs  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 781 Educational Supervision 3
RDG 761 Seminar Paper (30 credit option)** OR 3-6
RDG 799 Master’s Thesis (30 credit option)** 3-6
     
*May be waived if comparable courses were taken at the undergraduate level.
**36 credit option: Comprehensive Exam
Concentration III -Classroom Teacher Emphasis Required Courses
(listed in preferred sequence)  

Credits
RDG 741 Reading in the Elementary School  3
RDG 528 Reading in the Content Areas*  3
RDG 710 Seminar: Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School OR 3
Three credits of approved electives in elementary reading  3
EDM 540 Children’s Literature* OR 3
EDM 541 Adolescent Literature* OR 3
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 762 Reading Theory and Research   3
RDG 761 Seminar Paper (30 credit option)** OR 3-6
RDG 799 Master’s Thesis (30 credit option)** 3-6
     

*May be waived if comparable courses were taken at the undergraduate level.
**36 credit option: Comprehensive Exam

Electives
Elective credits to meet the 30 credit or 36 credit 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, ESL, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and curriculum development.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Students must earn a minimum 3.00 grade point average in courses required for the 316 and/or 17 reading licenses in order to qualify for certification.

Non-Degree Students
(Candidates seeking licensure only)
Wisconsin 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 540 or 541 or 773.

Degree-Seeking Students
Wisconsin 17 Reading Specialist Certification:
Candidates must earn a master’s degree in the reading program, 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 semester timetable before registering. www.uwlax.edu/records