May I enroll in a single reading specialist course for professional development or license renewal?
Yes, just Register Online.
Yes, you many enroll in the courses to meet your goals for:
- professional development
- a continuing education refresher course
- license renewal
- renewal of a teaching license
- graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
- transferring credits to another university or state's licensure program
***If you live in another state, contact the Department of Public Education/Instruction to see if courses meet their reading specialist requirements.
May I enroll in the reading courses if I have already completed a Master's degree?
Yes; we'd love to have you join us! Reading specialist application.
Questions/clarifications, please email Dr. Emily Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Specialist Program Admission Requirements
- Reading teacher license (Wisconsin #1316)
- Master's degree or enrolled in a Master's degree program
- Three years of successful full-time, K-12 classroom teaching experience
- The three years of teaching experience do not have to be in Wisconsin.
- A long-term substitute teaching assignment, in Wisconsin or out-of-state for the minimum time of an entire semester, may count towards the total number of years in teaching experience for the reading specialist license.
- Experience as a reading teacher (i.e. Title I, interventionist, etc) with an emergency license, also counts towards the three years of experience required for the reading specialist license (Wisconsin #5017).
- The Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) is required to obtain your reading specialist license.
If you have questions about your current Wisconsin teaching license, obtaining a Wisconsin reading teaching license, or the verification of your teaching experience, contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at (608) 266-0452 or (608) 266-2386.
What if I have a #1316 reading teacher license and no Master's degree?
Apply to the Master of Science in Education program at UW-Stout. Apply the Reading Specialist Certification credits as elective credits in your degree program.
Can previous graduate level literacy or reading coursework be applied to the UW-Stout reading specialist certification sequence of courses?
A maximum of three graduate credits completed within the past five years may be transferred pending a final project and syllabus review.
Transfer credits may only apply to the first course in the reading specialist certification sequence of courses (RDGED 720).
NOTE: The last two courses (RDGED 721 and RDGED 722) must be taken from University of Wisconsin-Stout to demonstrate competencies using specific literacy coaching tools, building/district literacy data analysis, and professional development needs assessments.
If I live outside of the state of Wisconsin, will the reading specialist certification apply in my state?
If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. See the following website for additional information.