The UWM School of Education offers a wide variety of options for reading certification and expanding your expertise in reading education. And many of our programs are completely online!
Why choose our Reading Education programs?
- The Online Reading Teacher certification program, Reading Specialist 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.
- World-class, cutting-edge, research-based teacher education curriculum taught by expert and experienced reading educators.
- 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!
Online Reading Teacher Certification Program
Do you want to teach reading at the elementary, middle or high school level? Then you’ll want to enroll in the Online Reading Teacher Certification 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.
- 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average
- Note: to be endorsed for a Reading Teacher license at the end of the program you 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).
- Application for the program is ongoing.
It’s possible that coursework completed as part of your initial certification(s) could be applied towards the Reading Teacher/Reading Specialist program. Please complete the web form below to find out if any of your previous course work can be used to fulfill certification requirements.
Reading Specialist Program – now online!
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.
- 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.
- Application for the program is ongoing.
Early Reading Empowerment (ERE)
Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) is a two course sequence that prepares expert reading interventionists for kindergarten through second grade. It also has an online option that anyone can take. 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? Click the Request Information button at the top of the page and fill out the Request Information Form.
- Must have an initial teaching license.
- Must be employed in a school during the training year.
- Two years classroom experience recommended, but not required.
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 Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Studies webpage.
Note: Successful completion of UWM’s MS in Curriculum and Instruction – Focus on Reading program does not qualify students for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. UWM will assist candidates in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed and will assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of UWM’s MS in Curriculum and Instruction – Focus on Reading program.
A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board ((515) 281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/) for licensure requirements in Iowa.
Questions about the program?
Questions about admissions?
Applicants can expect to hear back with the Graduate School’s official admission decision 6-8 weeks after their application is complete. If admitted by the Graduate School, they can also expect to hear back from the department with their advisor assignment shortly thereafter. Applications completed less than 4 weeks before the start of the semester the applicant intends to enroll will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may not be processed in time for enrollment for the intended semester. In this case, please contact the Graduate Admissions Support Specialist, Allison Beverly Hochmuth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact a Reading Education Programs Academic Advisor
(Last names A – L) – Andrea Azarian
(Last names M – Z) – Tyree Bolden
Dr. Candance Doerr-Stevens
Dr. Tania Habeck
Program Director & Associate Professor