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School of Education Reading Teacher Add-on Certification

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Earn your 316 Add-on License

Are you a licensed teacher interested in adding the Reading 316 Add-on Licensure/Certification to your resume for K-12th grade? Then this program is perfect for you. At UW-Stevens Point, we have small, online, interactive classes that will provide opportunities for you to examine and enrich your personal and professional goals.  

Program Benefits  

  • courses are 100% online
  • courses can be completed in one year
  • strengthening content literacy in the classroom
  • serve as a Title 1 Reading Teacher 
  • collaborate with other teachers 
  • advocate for reading needs of all students 
  • provide reading resources for students, parents, colleagues and community
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Why choose the Reading Teacher Add-on program at UW-Stevens Point?

Students for this program must already have a teacher license/certification in another teaching area as determined by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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Add-on Program

By the Numbers

US Dollars450
Per Credit + Fees

Courses and Requirements

This program consists of three prerequisite courses and five core courses. Submit transcripts from your previous coursework for credit review to see if your previous coursework satisfies prerequisites. These courses can be completed in just over 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. Upon completing the course work, the final certification stage is submitting a portfolio that exemplifies your expertise in teaching reading. Candidates that do not yet hold a lifetime license will need to provide documentation of passing the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT).

One course is required at both elementary and secondary levels:


  • Education 309/509 – Methods/Materials for Teaching Reading II (3 cr.)
  • Education 310 – Materials and Methods for Teaching Lang. Arts (3 cr.)


  • Education 386/586 – Reading in the Secondary School (3 cr.)
  • English 381/581 – Reading for the Teacher of English (3 cr.)

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.)

All of the following courses are required

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)

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

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.

To earn a licensure/certification, students must pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT). At UW-Stevens Point, our program includes preparation for the FoRT through two literacy courses and an on-site preparation workshop.

How much will it cost?

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Tuition and Costs

We recognize that cost is essential when determining which program is best for you. Tuition, segregated fees, and a distance education fee combine to determine the program’s total cost, and each item is priced on a per-credit basis. There is an additional $25 administrative fee per semester of enrollment. For questions about tuition or more information, please reach out to Student Financial Services.

Students enrolled in an add-on licensure program are considered non-degree seeking and will not be eligible for financial aid. If students combine their add-on licensure with the master’s in education degree, they are degree-seeking and are eligible for financial aid.

Are you Ready to Apply?

To apply to this program, please follow the steps below.

  1. Apply to the School of Education and submit:
    1. All unofficial transcripts (including transfer credits)
    2. Letter of Intent 
    3. Resume 
    4. Teaching license
    5. Background check – must be from the last six months.
  2. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will apply to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a non-degree seeking student. If you are adding the Master’s in Education degree, then you will apply as a degree seeking student. 
  3. Once you have been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you will be emailed instructions to set up your student account and register for classes.
  4. Upon completing the UW-Stevens Point Reading Add-on program, you can complete your DPI licensing application by following this link: Apply for your add-on licensure/certification through the UW-Stevens Point School of Education.
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Add a Master’s in Education

Are you interested in earning your Master’s in Education? Why not use the credits from this add-on licensure/certification to count towards your degree? The M.S. in Education degree requires 30 graduate credits, and these courses can be used to count towards your degree. Learn more about our master’s degree and how you can earn both a degree and an add-on licensure/certification at the same time.

Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our instructors consistently achieve exemplary ratings and strive to utilize innovative instructional strategies in an online environment. We are available to assist our students and care deeply about their needs.
Amber Garbe

Amber Garbe

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Reading Methods & Elementary Social Studies Methods
Jacquelyn Sernau

Jacquelyn Sernau

  • Associate Lecturer – School of Education
  • Coordinator – Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)
Rayvn Knipple

Rayvn Knipple

  • Graduate Programs Assistant – School of Education
  • CPS University Staff Common Council Representative
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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:

  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands