MSED - Reading Teacher (1316) & Reading Specialist (5017) Certification

Master of Science in Education - Reading Teacher & Reading Specialist Certifications

The MSED - Reading Teacher (1316) and Reading Specialist (5017) program is a dual certification program that prepares individuals to direct reading programs or work with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading.  The program is 37 credits, including course work, thesis, and administrative portfolio.

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.

Program Admission Information

Applicants for admission to the graduate MSED - Reading Teacher & Reading Specialist Program must meet all the requirements established for general admission to graduate studies at UWL.  

In addition, applicants must also provide copies of teaching licenses or certificates. Applicants who do not have a teaching license or certificate must provide evidence of:

  • Completion of student teaching or equivalent in pre K-12 schools,
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Eligibility to be certified or licensed as a pre K-12 teacher

Proof of FoRT completion must be submtited at time of application. For those without FoRT completion, the FoRT must be completed by the end of their Reading program involvement.

After your UW System application has been submitted, you will be sent an email invitation to log into your Applicant Dashboard within 24-48 hours.  You will use the Applicant Dashboard to submit your teacher's license and proof of FoRT completeion.

Criminal Background Check:

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. By applying for admission to one of these programs, candidates agree to provide the necessary personal information to UWL in order to initiate their CBC and to complete their portion of the process prior to the deadline specified in their admission letter. Teacher candidates are responsible for all costs associated with their criminal background check(s).

 

Program Curriculum

COURSE COURSE NAME CREDIT
Term 1
RDG 601 Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners  3 credits

RDG 702

Reading and Literacy in the Content Area

 3 credits
Term 2

RDG 703

Literacy Assessment and Instruction

 3 credits
RDG 715 Children's and Adolescent Literature  3 credits
Term 3
RDG 712 Critical Issues in Reading Difficulties (RDG 601 req.)  3 credits
RDG 714 Literacy Practicum  3 credits
Term 4

RDG 600 

 Research Methods in Literacy

 3 credits
RDG 799  Master's Thesis  3 credits
Term 5
RDG 711 Research Methods in Reading (EDS 600 req.)  3 credits
RDG 799  Master's Thesis  3 credits
Term 6
RDG 718 Guiding & Directing a School-Wide  Reading/Literacy Program  3 credits
RDG 719 Administrative Portfolio for Reading Specialist Licensure  1 credit
RDG 695 Supervision of Student Teachers  3 credits
TOTAL   37 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.
Credits Rate $450 per credit
Masters or Certificate
WI residents and non-residents
8 Credit Semester $3,600
7 Credit Semester $3,150
6 Credit Semester $2,700
5 Credit Semester $2,250
4 Credit Semester $1,800

 

SCHOLARSHIPS ~ take tuition down to only $396/credit

We are pleased to announce the offering scholarships.jpgof scholarships to our entering students for our programs. Scholarships will be available to students with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA)  minimum of 3.4.  Scholarship will be in the amount of $54/credit. Since our existing tuition is $450/credit, the applied scholarship to qualified applicants will take this amount down to $396/credit. For new students, we will look at your entering undergraduate GPA at application and use that GPA for qualification standards. After initially qualifying for the scholarship at time of application, a 3.4 GPA must be maintained throughout the program to continue receiving the scholarship each term. Check out further scholarship opportunities here.  Scholarship program contingent upon funding.

 

Other Fees
A $56 application fee is charged at time of application. There will be a
 Fall for Education Conference special course fee of $60 in addition to your fall tuition. Each semester there is also a $25 registration charge and a $2 per credit fee for D2L services.  There is a $38 graduation fee charged your last semester to cover the cost of the diploma, cover and commencement ceremony. 

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. Minimum cost of the CBC is $35.This is not a requirement for any of the ME-PD programs that don't result in licensure.

If you have questions about fees, contact the Cashier's Office or the Office of Admissions.  The Board of Regents reserves the right to change tuition and fees without published notice.

In addition to tuition, book costs will average $100-200 per semester.  Your facilitators will communicate required book lists throughout the semesters. Also budget for school supplies (paper, pens, folders, etc.).

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for the Director of Instruction program if completed in the term immediately following the completion of the ME-PD Educational Leadership emphasis program.

Graduate Admission Checklist

  • Maximum enrollment is limited to 24 degree seeking students per cohort, so apply now*!
  • Applicants must meet admission requirements and pass a criminal background check.
  • Have a group of interested individuals in our program? We will bring a Learning Community to your location.

* We are excited to be revising the Reading programs to align with the new licensure laws in laws in WI.  We welcome applications to the Reading programs, and expect to be able to process applications and share admissions decisions by June 1, 2019, pending approval by DPI under the new law.

Step One: Application to Graduate School

Complete the Application for Graduate Admission form and remit a $56 nonrefundable* application fee online at: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/

* The $56 application fee will be refunded if the class session does not reach the minimum enrollment of 10 students for online or 18 students for blended and face-to-face sessions.

When completing the application, here are some helpful hints to use on certain pages of the application in order to apply for the correct program.

  • Post-Secondary: Choose Graduate Degree (Master, Doctoral, Specialist, Professional)
  • Reason for Applying: Choose Graduate Degree, Licensure or Certificate
  • Graduate Programs: Choose…..
    • Reading – Reading Specialist/Teacher Certification (Online) for the MSED - Reading Teacher (1316) & Reading Specialist (5017) certification program.
    • Reading – Reading Teacher Certification (Online) for the MSED - Reading Teacher (1316) certification program.
    • Reading Teacher Certificate for the Reading Teacher (1316) Certificate program.
    • Reading - Non-Certification Program (Online) for the MSED - Reading (non-certification) program.

Request all official undergraduate transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions attended and have them sent directly to UWL.  This includes transfer credits even if they appear on another school transcript.  If you attended UW-La Crosse, you do not need to request those transcripts.  Please contact each institution individually to request your academic records.  Most universities allow you to request transcripts online.

All official transcripts must be sent directly to:
Graduate Admissions Office
142 Cleary Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Or by email to:
admissions@uwlax.edu

Step Two: Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  You will be asked to insert the Federal School Code for UW-La Crosse which is: 003919

Step Three:  Criminal Background Check

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. By applying for admission to one of these programs, candidates agree to provide the necessary personal information to UWL in order to initiate their CBC and to complete their portion of the process prior to the deadline specified in their admission letter. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with their criminal background check(s). 

The UWL Office of Field Experience will initiate your CBC based on information provided in your admission application.  Please watch your email for information on completing the CBC. Applicants cannot be admitted until they have passed their CBC.

Step Four:  Registering for 1st Semester Courses

Registration opens when admissions decisions are complete and the Learning Community (LC) is confirmed. Once the LC is confirmed, registration materials, book lists and other information will be emailed to you several weeks prior to the beginning of your first course.

Register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system at: wings.uwlax.edu