Reading Specialist Add-On Certification


Applicants to this program must

  • Have at least three years of full-time regular experiences in PK-12 classroom
  • Provide copies of teaching licenses or certificates
  • Have a Reading Teacher (1316) license or equivalent
  • Have a master's degree in reading or literacy
  • Research in reading or literacy
  • Completion of a successful criminal background check (initiated by UWL)

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).


RDG 718Guiding and Directing a Schoolwide Reading/Literacy Program3
RDG 780Reading Specialist Practicum3

Program completion and eligibility for certification

Eligibility for Reading Specialist (5017) certification is contingent upon:

  • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT score of 240 or higher)
  • Successful completion of at least six semesters of classroom experience teaching in any grade
  • Reading Specialist (5017) candidates must have earned a master's degree with an emphasis in reading