Provide K-12 students with life-long reading skills and strategies

Develop and improve comprehensive reading skills in students to give them future success in career and life. Reading is the foundation of academic development and your expertise can help build students confidence and academic performance. Be a part of building dynamic literacy programs and a positive attitude towards reading in students.

Cost Per Credit$715

Earn your Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist licensure.


Online 8-week sessions at your pace to fit your schedule.

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Program Overview

Our online program prepares you to be a respected and effective leader in literacy for students and teachers. This interdisciplinary program will give you the tools to teach reading at the K-12 level. You will develop the confidence and knowledge to modify current teaching methods and implement innovative reading initiatives. 

  • Comprehensive coursework helps you develop the beliefs and practices of a literacy leader.
  • Learn instructional practices that are based on the science of reading.
  • Participate in hands-on experiences to diagnose reading difficulties and create intervention plans 

A reading teacher works directly with K-12 students with varying abilities in reading. You support students as they progress through their reading goals. An individual with a current and valid teaching license and two years of teaching experience is eligible to earn a reading teacher license (WI DPI #1316).

A reading specialist is an administrative position within a school. You coach and lead teachers and support staff on reading programs and curriculums. As a leading expert in literacy, you will be expected to develop improvement plans. An individual with a master's degree and a reading teaching licensure is eligible to earn a reading specialist license (WI DPI #5017).

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What to Expect

You will be given a toolbox through which you can create lifelong learners and tailor literacy interventions to each student's ability. Gain insight into the relationships between speaking, listening, writing, and reading to create practices and programs that will increase the reading capabilities of students. 

  • Online format with courses that are self-paced
  • 8-week sessions
  • Rolling admissions (Upon acceptance, you can start courses at the beginning of any 8-week session.)
  • Complete a practicum or internship 
  • Able to earn the reading teacher license in one year
  • Able to earn the reading specialist license in two years
  • Opportunity to earn a master's degree in 2 years

 Download the pathways to licensure for both reading specialist and reading teacher.

Licensure / Certifications
#1316 Reading Teacher License (Wisconsin) #5017 Reading Specialist (Wisconsin)

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