The UWM School of Education offers a wide variety of options for reading certification and expanding your expertise in reading education.

Why Reading Education?

  • World-class, cutting-edge, research-based teacher education curriculum taught by expert and experienced reading educators.
  • The Reading Teacher certification program, ERE and the Master’s of Science with a focus in Reading can all be taken online.
  • Earn your Reading Teacher certification in as few as three semesters (summer, fall, spring) with online, evening and summer course offerings.
  • Become prepared to teach in Wisconsin and beyond with a focus on Common Core Literacy and high-cognitive demand tasks that engage all learners
  • A Professional Development Plan (PDP) support program is available!
  • Many reading courses can be used towards both certification and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Reading, which also can be completed online!

Reading Teacher Program

Do you want to teach reading at the elementary, middle or high school level? Then you’ll want to enroll in the Reading Teacher program. This program will help you earn your Wisconsin Reading Teacher license (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 316), which is required of all teachers who have a special assignment to teach reading at the elementary, middle, or high school level. This can be a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program.

Program Sheet

Reading Teacher Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Note: to be endorsed for a Reading Teacher license at the end of the program one must have the following:
    • Two years successful regular classroom teaching experience
    • Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin license to teach or completion of an approved teacher education program (initial licensure)
    • Applications for the program is ongoing

Reading Teacher Program Application (PDF)

Reading Specialist Program

We also offer the Reading Specialist program, which leads to the Wisconsin Reading Specialist license (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 17, formerly 317). This program is designed for certified reading teachers whose goal is to direct a K-12 reading program or to work with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading. The Reading Teacher License is a prerequisite for certification as a reading specialist. This can be a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program.

Program Sheet

Reading Specialist Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Note: to be endorsed for a Reading Specialist license at the end of the program one must have the following:
    • Three years successful regular classroom teaching experience
    • A Wisconsin Reading Teacher license (DPI 316)
    • A Master’s degree with a major emphasis in reading
    • Applications for the program is ongoing

Reading Specialist Program Application (PDF)

Additional Reading Programs

  • Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) is a two course sequence that prepares expert reading interventionists for kindergarten through second grade. For more information, access the Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) Information Sheet (PDF). Interested in Early Reading Empowerment? Would you like to be notified of future offerings? Fill out the Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) interest form below.
Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) Interest Form
  • Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention (ILLI) is a 16 credit program which prepares teachers to work across several fields to address students’ struggles with reading and leads to a UWM certificate. For more information visit the Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention website.

In addition to the above reading options, UWM offers a 30-credit online or face-to-face Master’s of Science with a focus in Reading. The certifications and Early Reading Empowerment can be a part of this program. For more information, visit the Graduate Studies in Curriculum & Instruction webpage.

Contact Us

Questions about the program?

Dr. Tania Habeck
(414) 229-4931
mertzman@uwm.edu

Questions about admissions?

Maggie Kaczmarek
(414) 229-4814
kaczmarm@uwm.edu

Contact a Reading Education Programs Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
oas@uwm.edu

(Last names A – L) Andrea Azarian
azarian@uwm.edu

(Last names M – Z) – Kristin Roosevelt
kroosev@uwm.edu

Program Faculty

Dr. Candance Doerr-Stevens
Assistant Professor

Dr. Tania Habeck
Program Director & Associate Professor

Dr. Ruth Short
Associate Professor