Reading Programs - Overview

Reading Programs at UWL

Professional Studies in Education at UW-La Crosse is committed to preparing working teachers for advanced preparation in Reading, including Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist license(s). Reading education at UW-La Crosse is built on a firm foundation of best practices and current research in literacy.  

Online Program Options:

  • Reading Specialist (5017) Add-On (6 credits)
  • Master of Science in Education (MSED) with Reading Specialist (5017) certification (18 credits)
  • Reading Teacher (1316) Certificate program (18 credits)
  • Master of Science in Education (MSED) with Reading Teacher (1316) certification (30 credits)
  • Master of Science in Education (MSED) with Reading Teacher (1316) and Reading Specialist (5017) certifications (36 credits)
  • If you have your Reading Specialist (5017), you have the opportunity to then take our one term, two course, Director of Instruction program to obtain this licensure!

Standards for Reading Professionals:

Aligned withe the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) administrative standards, the Graduate Reading Program has been collaboratively designed by School of Education (SoE) faculty and staff to align with best practices and current research in the field.

The program philosophy is aligned with the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Literacy Association (ILA). The overarching categories of specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in the ILA standards are:

  1. Foundational Knowledge
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Assessment and Evaluation
  4. Diversity and Equity
  5. Learners and the Literacy Environment
  6. Professional Learning and Leadership
  7. Practicum/Clinical Experiences

Update: The 2020 Fall for Education Conference has been cancelled.
The Fall for Education Conference is the first full weekend in November annually.  The conference is part of learning outcomes for each IPSE program including Educational Leadership, Director of Instruction, MSED Learning Communities, and Reading.  A Special Course Fee of $60.00 is incorporated into fall tuition for the conference to help compensate for meals and breaks. Attendance at the conference is a program requirement.

Non-Wisconsin Teaching Licensure/Certification
UW-La Crosse programs offering a licensure or certification in Wisconsin will need to be reviewed by the State Board of Education of any other state in which the student plans on teaching.  The individual state education boards determine what courses transfer in to meet license or certification requirements of each state.

Contact Information:

Registration, enrollment, tuition questions:

Cindy George
Marketing Specialist
(608) 785-5409

Specific questions about reading programs:

Alyssa Harlan
Reading Program Director
(608) 785-5409

University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Professional Studies in Education
271 Morris Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601