Reading Programs

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Reading Teacher (316)

Any person who has a specific assignment to teach reading must hold a reading teacher license.  Teachers who have successfully completed the Reading Teacher (316) Licensure program will acquire the background and knowledge to work with all learners, especially readers who have problems at different levels.

licensure

Upon successful completion of all courses, approved licensure portfolio and passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test, teachers will be recommended to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for licensure.  Practicum experiences in teaching reading are completed at both the elementary/middle and middle/secondary.

Textbooks and materials

This program requires students to purchase their own books prior to the start of class.  Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees.

Required Courses

  • TEACHING 6830 Strategies for Effective Inclusion (3 cr)
    Current trends and issues in special education, the role of the general education teacher, and characteristics of students with various disabilities will be discussed. Adaptations and modifications in curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students with various exceptionalities will be a major focus of this course.
  • TEACHING 7210 The PreK-12 Literacy Program (3 cr)
    The content of this class considers elements of a well-rounded reading program including the development of basic language and literacy abilities and skills.  Methods for teachers to improve attitudes, motivation,-+ and tastes as well as to ways to adjust materials to meet individual needs are also included.
  • TEACHING 7220 - Introduction to Reading Difficulties (3 cr)
    This course provides educators with strategies for teaching skills to children who read one or two grade levels below expectation, as evidenced by data collected to determine specific needs. This course also focuses on identification of struggling readers along with the selection, application, and evaluation of materials and techniques appropriate to differentiate for individual needs.
  • TEACHING 7230 - Practicum in Reading Difficulties (3 cr)
    This practicum provides guided practice with children one or more years below grade level in reading.  Special attention is given to models of teaching designed to promote developmentally appropriate teaching and reflective thinking.
    P: TEACHING 7220 or equivalent.
  • TEACHING 7240 - Juvenile Literature (3 cr)
    This course is an advanced study of literature for children and youth, and related methods of teaching and integrating literature with other curriculum areas including materials for diversity. It also covers evaluation and selection of significant books of interest to students from early primary school through high school. The course is designed to help participants examine current issues and trends relative to the use of literature to enhance literacy, and to teach reading and writing.
  • TEACHING 7250 - Content Area Reading (3 cr)
    Considers the utilization of reading skills, study strategies, and materials as applied to (a) selected field(s), and techniques for incorporating reading into content area instruction.

Additionally, complete the following courses to obtain a master of science degree.

  • TEACHING 7000 Research Procedures (3 cr)
    Definition of problems and issues, critical examination of the research literature, review of trends in curricula and methods, and planning of investigations including historical, descriptive (including ethnographic), and experimental.
  • TEACHING 7190 Educational Leadership and Mentoring (3 cr)
    This course is designed to improve teachers' skills in the process of mentoring beginning teachers and collaborating with veteran teachers.  Mentoring is defined as the professional practice that provides support, assistance, and guidance to new teachers to promote their professional growth and success.  Collaborating is developing collegial peer coaching relationships designed to enhance professional efficacy.  Course topics include understanding of value added leadership in education; practicing ethics of education; reflection; impact of student learning through professional development efforts; and mentoring, particularly as it relates to PI-34.
  • TEACHING 7830 Seminar Paper of Educational Project (3 cr)
    The seminar paper or educational project need not be a report of original and independent research. It must demonstrate, however, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner. Although the seminar paper or educational project may originate from work done in connection with one of the student's graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in coverage and treatment.  In consultation with the program advisor, the student proposes a seminar paper or educational project and a seminar paper or educational project advisor.  An approved seminar paper or educational project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to registration.  There is a website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating web resources, and formats. The seminar paper or educational project advisor will provide guidance regarding the site. The site may be accessed through the University's Karrmann Library.
  • Elective - 3 credits of associated, approved graduate work

Reading Specialist (17)

Any person who directs pre-K-12 reading programs, works with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading must hold a Reading Specialist license.  Teachers who have successfully completed this program will acquire the background and knowledge to work with all learners, and also to direct and supervise instructional programs at a school or district level.

To qualify for the Reading Specialist program, an educator must hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher (316) license, have two years of successful regular classroom teaching, and hold a master's degree with a major emphasis in reading or a 30 credit (at least) program equivalent to the Master of Science Education degree. 

licensure

Upon successful completion of all courses, approved licensure portfolio and passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test, teachers will be recommended to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for licensure.

Textbooks and materials

This program requires students to purchase their own books prior to the start of class.  Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees.

Required Courses (in addition to the reading 316 courses)

  • Teaching 6150 - Assessing Children with Disabilities (3 cr)
    A survey of psychological testing with emphasis on the evaluation, administration, interpretation, and statistical analysis of the results of psychological testing devices and techniques.
  • TEACHING 7520 Super/Admin of Reading Programs (3 cr)
    This course provides for the examination of the organization, administration, supervision, and improvement of school-wide reading programs in the role of a reading specialist.
  • TEACHING 7880 Specialist Graduate Practicum (3 cr)
    This course offers a designed clinical teaching assignment for (1) graduate students meeting license requirements through an internship or (2) qualified educators who want to meet a professional development need through a graduate residency.

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