​Reading Certifications


316 Reading Teacher Information Sheet (printable .pdf)

17 Reading Teacher Information Sheet (printable .pdf)  

316 Program Plan

17 Program Plan

Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin

Please Note: Recent legislation requires a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin prior to license approval for the 316 & 17 licenses.

WHY UW-STEVENS POINT?

  • Opportunities to examine and enrich your personal and professional goals
  • Unique opportunities to collaborate as literacy professional
  • Validation of your work as reading professionals
  • Interactive small classes
  • Course offerings in varied formats to include online, face-to-face, hybrid and weekend.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO WITH A READING TEACHER (316) CERTIFICATION?

  • Strengthen content literacy in the classroom
  • Serve as a Title I reading teacher
  • Collaborate with teachers
  • Advocate for reading needs of all students
  • Provide reading resources for students, parents, colleagues, and community
WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO WITH A READING SPECIALIST (17) CERTIFICATION?
  • Provide leadership in the K-12 literacy program
  • Support the professional development of reading teachers and classroom teachers
  • Facilitate the alignment of districtwide reading curriculum with assessment
  • Collaborate in exploring best practices for literacy instruction

WHAT DO I NEED FOR A 316 READING TEACHER LICENSE?

If you have taken reading courses such as Communication Arts, Adolescent or Children’s Literature you may already have some courses needed to begin the reading certification program.

Area A - Prerequisites

One course is required at both elementary and secondary levels:

Elementary
  • Education 309/509, Methods/Materials for Teaching Reading II (3 cr.)
  • Education 310 Materials and Methods for Teaching Lang. Arts (3 cr.)
Secondary
  • Education 386/586, Reading in the Secondary School (3 cr.)
  • English 381/581, Reading for the Teacher of English (3 cr.)

Area B - Prerequisites

One course is required from the following selection:

 

  • Education 383/583, Tests & Measurements (3 cr.)
  • English 275, Children's Literature (3 cr.)
  • English 375/575, Literature for Adolescents (3 cr.)
  • Education 706 (3 cr.)
  • Education 327/527 (Teaching Rdg to G&T) (3 cr.)

Area C

All of the following courses are required

Fall
Education 740, Reading Teacher Portfolio (1 credit Concurrent with 741)
Education 741, Improvement in the Teaching of Reading (3 credits) (Prereq: ED 308/508 or ED 309/509)

Spring
Education 746, Diagnosis & Evaluation of Reading Abilities (3 credits)

Summer
Education 747, Remedial Reading (3 credits)
Education 748, Remedial Reading Practicum (3 credits)

NOTE: Courses for Area C for the 316 license must be earned within a seven-year period and taken in the above sequence. The time period starts with the beginning of the term in which the first course approved for your Program of Study was taken.

Two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.


WHAT DO I NEED FOR 17 READING SPECIALIST LICENSE?

A 316 Reading Teacher License, three years of successful regular classroom teaching experience and
A master’s degree in an education-related field and the following courses:
Education 528 Reading in Content Areas (3 cr. Summer, odd years)
Education 749 Seminar in Reading (3 cr. Spring)
Education 750 Supervision and Administration of Reading Programs (3 cr. Fall)
Education 751 WI Reading Research Symposium (1cr required, 3 cr. option)

NOTE: Courses for the 17 license must be earned within a seven-year period and taken in the above sequence. The time period starts with the beginning of the term in which the first course approved for your Program of Study was taken.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO ACQUIRE CERTIFICATION?

It is possible to complete the 316 in one year beginning in summer with credits needed in Areas A or B, and then sequentially taking courses in Area C through the following summer. The 17 license may also be completed in one year. At the time you apply for certification, you must provide documentation of 2 years full-time K-12 teaching.

CAN I ACQUIRE MY MASTER’S DEGREE AS WELL AS CERTIFICATION?

Graduate-level reading certification courses for the 316 and 17 licenses may be incorporated into the Master of Science in Education - General Degree (Option B).

HOW DO I APPLY?

Certification:

To help us advise you with your individualized plan of study, please submit the following:

  • Program Plan - fill out the information in the top table and submit
    316 Program Plan
    17 Program Plan
  • A brief letter of introduction including: including: a statement of intent (specifying your interest in 316 or 17 license), future goals for a Master’s Degree (if applicable), and a brief summary of your educational background and teaching experiences (past and present). Include name, address, work and home phone numbers, and email address.
  • A copy of your teaching license(s). If you have an already established graduate degree file at UWSP that includes a copy of your teaching license and all updated transcripts, please indicate this in your letter and skip to
  • A copy of your transcript(s) (need not be an official transcript).
  • Please Send To Prof. Leslie McClain
    Reading Coordinator, 449 College of Professional Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    Stevens Point, WI 54481
    715-346-4218

Master's Degree:

Please consider integrating your coursework for your 316/17 licenses into the course of study for a master’s degree.

  • Your Master’s Degree Plan may include up to 9 credits of completed graduate-level coursework.
  • Online Application:http://www.uwsp.edu/admissions/Pages/Applying/Graduate-Study.aspx
  • Or contact School of Education Graduate Advising, Room 438, College of Professional Studies at 715-346-4403 for an application and information regarding graduate study.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact the UW-Stevens Point Reading Coordinator, Prof. Leslie McClain or at 715-346-4218.

 

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