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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:
At least one-half of all credits (Options AC) 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.
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)
Concentration II -- Reading Specialist
(listed in preferred sequence)
Concentration III -- Classroom Teacher Emphasis
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 credits
C-I 739 Research and Practice in Improving Written Expression 3 credits
C-I 406/606 Teaching Basic Writing Skills 1 credit
C-I 407/607 Uses of Computers and Software in Middle and Secondary School Writing 3 credits
C-I 746 Seminar in Teaching English Language Arts 1-3 credits
*RDG 740 Whole Language: Theory and Practice 3 credits
RDG 765 Factors Related to Reading Performance 2-3 credits
RDG 450/650 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum: Learning to Learn from Text 3 credits
RDG 770 Symposium in Reading Education 1-3 credits
For description of C-I courses, see Curriculum and Instruction, pp. 71-75.
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.
(Candidates seeking licensure only)
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.
This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see theWelcome and Note to Students section.
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