The Reading Teacher (1316) Certificate Program addresses the needs of students, school districts, and the community in building competency in literacy.
Teachers who complete this certificate program gain significant benefits. The Reading Teacher Certificate Program expands teachers' knowledge in literacy and trains them to become teacher leaders. The program reinforces many of the best practices in teacher education including constructivism, reflective practice, and transformation. The certificate program also allows participants to apply for financial aid.
This program is offered off campus - either online, face-to-face, or blended - throughout the state. Learning outcomes for the Reading Teacher Certificate Program are based on the standards from the International Literacy Association and have been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as satisfying the competencies for a 1316 license.
Applicants to these programs must
- Have at least one year of full-time regular teaching experience in a PK-12 classroom
- Provide copies of teaching license or certificate
- Complete 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 601||Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners||3|
|RDG 702||Disciplinary Literacy||3|
|RDG 703||Literacy Assessment and Instruction||3|
|RDG 704||Emergent Literacy||3|
|RDG 714||Reading Teacher Practicum||3|
|RDG 715||Children's and Adolescent Literature||3|
Program completion and eligibility for certification
Eligibility for Reading Teacher (1316) 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) or holding a lifetime teaching license
- Successful completion of at least two years of teaching at the PK-12 level