FAQ

Yes, our program is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602-2504); Phone 800-621-7440; http://www.ncacihe.org).  Our Education Programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), 800-441-4563.  www.dpi.state.wi.us

Yes, we will accept up to 6 transfer credits from another accredited college/university.

You can apply online by clicking the "apply" button at the top of the webpage.

Yes, you can take the entire program Online.

You have 7 years to complete the program.

Yes. Students will need to complete the Wisconsin Reading Foundations Test prior to completing the Reading Teacher #1316 license. More information on preliminary test guidelines can be found here.

We do not require a thesis; however a final Capstone Action Research paper is required.

Books may be purchased at the University Bookstore on campus (262-243-4349).

You will submit your portfolio electronically through livetext. (www.livetext.com)

You may begin the practicum after completing EDG 553/853 Reading Assessment and Instruction. This practicum is done as an independent study and can be completed in the spring, summer, or fall.

EDG 554/854 can only be waived if a similar practicum course was taken at an accredited university and you received 3 graduate level credits.

You may work with 1-2 students but you must have 40 contact hours.

The practicum experience should be a focused lesson with only the students you are working with for your practicum experience.

You have up to a year from the time you register for EDG 554/854 Practicum.

You may select a licensed 1316 or 5017 teacher to be your supervisor

You may fax, e-mail, or snail mail your application to:

Steven Witt, Ph.D. Director of Graduate Literacy
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097-2402
262.243.4428 Fax

You need to complete a reflection paper on the experience discussing what you have learned about assessment and instruction during the practicum. You may discuss the growth you observed happen with the student and yourself.

Once you have completed your EDG 554/854 and the Portfolio I and II you are eligible for the #1316 license. You must complete the DPI #1316 license application and send it to the Director of Graduate Literacy with the license fee. Concordia University will verify that you have met the requirements for the #1316 license and forward the application to DPI.

Portfolio

The directions are located on the CUW portal in forms repository. The directions are also included on your livetext web page.

It is suggested that you begin the first portfolio during your third course and finish after 15 credits (5th course). However, the exact deadline is up to you. Once you complete portfolio I and II you are eligible for the #1316 license.

You may begin EDG 628/911 after you have completed EDG 554/844 Practicum.

No portfolio III (EDG 629/913) is required for the #5017 Reading Specialist license. You may complete EDG 629/912 after you have finished EDG 596/896 Internship.

Graduate Capstone Project - EDG 595/895

This course is an independent capstone experience that is completed after you have completed 27 credits. There is an EDG 595/895 handbook located on the CUW portal in the forms repository section.

No, you will be working with an advisor to complete this research paper.

You will be assigned a research advisor during the EDG 544/844 Topics and Research in Reading course. The EDG 544/844 will introduce you to Action Research and help you design your paper.

No you will complete chapters 1 (problem), 2 (Literature Review), and 3 (Methodology) as described in the EDG 595/895 handbook.

You may begin this action research paper after completing EDG 544/844 Topics and Research in Reading.

It typically takes 8-10 weeks to complete the paper. However, you do have up to a year to complete this paper. Once the EDG 595/895 paper has been approved by your advisor and the Director of Graduate Literacy your grade will be posted.

Upon completion of EDG 595/895 and the full 30 credits for the Graduate Literacy program you are eligible to graduate with a Master’s in Literacy.

Internship

You are eligible to begin your internship after 24 credits. However, students often wait until the 30 credits have been completed because the 75 hour internship process is demanding. If you wait until after completing the EDG 595/895 paper your transcript will then read Master’s Degree in Literacy plus 3 credits. You have 1 year to complete your internship.

Once you have completed your Master’s degree, EDG 595/895 Internship, and EDG 629/913 Portfolio III you are eligible for the #5017 Reading Specialist license. You must complete the DPI #5017 license application and send it to the Director of Graduate Literacy with the license fee. Concordia University will verify that you have met the requirements for the #5017 license and forward the application to DPI.

Dr. Steven Witt is the Director of Graduate Literacy program. He is happy to assist you in any way possible. Graduate school is a stressful time period. However, do not let you any questions go unanswered. If you have questions about assignments, course activities and class projects please speak with your course instructor. If you have any general program questions contact Dr. Steven Witt at 262-243-4253.

Graduation

Your graduation date is the date the grade for your last course (EDG 595/895) is posted. Typically students finishing in the spring semester (May) should try to complete their EDG 595/895 paper by May 1st- and by Dec. 1st for students finishing in the fall term.

Yes you will need to complete the online graduation form on the CUW portal under student services. You should complete this form when you have completed 24-27 credits.

You are certainly welcome to walk in the on campus spring or fall graduation ceremony. You will need to order your cap and gown under the student services tab.