MSED - Reading Teacher (1316) Certification

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Master of Science in Education - Reading Teacher Certification (Online)

The MSED Reading Teacher (1316) certification program prepares candidates for the following: 1) an assignment to teach reading for more than one class per day; 2) an assignment to teach reading in a Title 1 reading program; and 3) an assignment to teach a reading recovery program, if not part of a self-contained classroom.  The program requires 30 credits of graduate coursework, including thesis.

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.

Program Curriculum

Term 1
RDG 601 Literacy & Language Development for Diverse Learners 3 credits
RDG 702 Disciplinary Literacy 3 credits
Term 2

RDG 703

Literacy Assessment and Instruction

3 credits

RDG 704

Emergent Literacy

3 credits
Term 3
RDG 714 Reading Teacher Practicum 3 credits
RDG 715 Children's & Adolescent Literature

3 credits

Term 4

RDG 600

Research Methods in Literacy

3 credits

RDG 799

Action Research in Literacy

3 credits
Term 5
RDG 711 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
RDG 799 Action Research in Literacy

3 credits

TOTAL   30 credits


Program Completion:

  • Reading Teacher Certificate candidates must complete all UWL graduate degree requirements.

    In addition, eligibility for Reading Teacher (1316) certification is contingent upon:

    • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
    • Satisfactory completion of Reading Teacher Certificate program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts 
    • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT; score of 240 or higher) or possession of a current Wisconsin teaching lifetime license
    • Successful completion of at least two years of teaching at the PK-12 level.