The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Professional Studies in Education has had a long-standing history of preparing working teachers to earn their Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist license(s). Reading education at UW-La Crosse is built on a firm foundation of best practice and current research in literacy. This multifaceted program is designed to meet the needs of educators who are interesting in:

  • Applications are now being accepted for all programs!
  • Ongoing professional development in reading education, ultimately leading to a Master of Science in Education - Reading degree;
  • Certification in the State of Wisconsin as a Reading Teacher (1316 license)  - with Master of Science in Education.
  • Certification in the State of Wisconsin as a Reading Teacher (1316 license) - without a Master of Science in Education.
  • Certification in the State of Wisconsin as a Reading Specialist (administrative) (5017 license) with Master of Science in Education.

Our programs are aligned with current DPI requirements for the Reading Teacher (1316) license and the administrative Reading Specialist (5017) license.

Standards for Reading Professionals:

Aligned withe the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (Council of Chief State School Officers, 2011) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) PI34 administrative and supplementary licensure guidelines, the Graduate Reading Program has been collaboratively researched and designed by School of Education (SoE) faculty and housed in the Department of Educational Studies (DES). Thus, candidates who successfully meet the program requirements be able to demonstrate expertise in each of the following:

  1. Developmental reading for pupils in the early childhood through adolescent level.
  2. Assessment and instructional techniques for readers with special needs.
  3. Language Development
  4. Learning Disabilities
  5. Content Area Reading
  6. Literature for children or adolescents

The program philosophy also reflects the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and is base on current research and best practice in the fields of reading and language arts. The categories of specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in the ILA standards follow:

  1. Foundational Knowledge
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Assessment and Evaluation
  4. Diversity
  5. Literate Environment
  6. Professional Learning and Leadership

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 for each state.

Contact Information:

Cindy George
Graduate Reading Program
(608) 785-5409

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