MSED - Reading (non-certification track)

Reading - Master of Science in Education (Non-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.

The MSED Reading program provides advanced preparation in reading and literacy through graduate coursework that leads to a thesis and Masters Degree. This non-certification program is a minimum of 30 credits, including 21 credits of core course work plus 6 electives in TESOL, and a comprehensive exam or a thesis capstone project.  While open to anyone, this track may be of particular interest to international students with interest in TESOL who are not seeking endorsement for a WI license.

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.


Program Curriculum

Term 1
RDG 601 Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Leaders 3 credits
RDG 702 Disciplinary Literacy 3 credits
Term 2
RDG 703 Literacy Assessment & Instruction 3 credits
RDG 715 Children's and Adolescent Literature 3 credits
Term 3

RDG 712

Critical Issues in Reading Difficulties (RDG 703 req.)

3 credits
RDG 714 Reading Teacher Practicum 3 credits
Term 4

RDG 600

Research Methods in Literacy

3 credits
RDG 799 Action Research in Literacy 3 credits
Term 5    
RDG 799 Action Research in Literacy 3 credits
XXX Elective Course (choose from course list below) 3 credits
Elective Courses    
RDG 695 Supervision in Reading 3 credits
RDG 711 Advanced Research Methods in Literacy 3 credits
RDG 716 Special Topics Seminar in Reading Education 1-3 credits 
TSL 500 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Policies and Program Models 4 credits 
TSL 550  TESOL National/International Internship Program 1-3 credits 
TSL 563  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methods 3 credits 
TOTAL   30 credits

Program Completion

Candidates must complete all UWL graduate degree requirements.

In addition, eligibility for Reading Teacher (1316) and Reading Specialist (5017) certifications are contingent upon:

  • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Satisfactory completion of MSED Reading Teacher/Reading Specialist program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT; score of 240 or higher).
  • Successful completion of at least two years of teaching at the PK-12 level for Reading Teacher (1316) certification, and a total of six semesters of successful classroom experience in any grade for Reading Specialist (5017) certification.
  • Reading Specialist (5017) candidates must have earned a Master's degree with an emphasis in Reading.