Master of Arts in Education:

Reading Education Specialization

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Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist

Total semester hours: 33 - 39*

The specialization in reading is designed for licensed PK-12 teachers interested in developing their teaching ability or in qualifying as reading teachers or reading specialists. Courses meet guidelines of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the International Reading Association for the preparation of reading teachers and reading specialists.

Degree candidates must be licensed teachers working in a PK-12 setting where they will be able to complete a practicum. In addition, in order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher (316) license, teachers must have completed two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.

 

Reading Teacher

Candidates who want to earn the Reading Teacher license (316) must complete the following courses:
  • Literature in the PK-12 Setting (3 cr)
  • Integrated Literacy Development I (3 cr)
  • Integrated Literacy Development II (3 cr)
  • Content Area Reading Strategies (3 cr)
  • Adapting Strategies for Inclusive Settings (3 cr)
  • Practicum on Teaching Reading in Elementary/Middle/Secondary Grades (3 cr)

*Up to six credits of undergraduate work may be accepted as transfer credit, as determined by the Reading faculty.

 

Reading Specialist

In order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Specialist (317) license, teachers must be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher license. In addition to meeting the core courses and Reading Teacher license requirements, candidates for the Master of Arts specialization in reading must take the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the program and for the Reading Specialist license (317):

  • Mentoring: Strengthening Professional Practice (3 cr)
  • Program Development for the Reading Specialist (3 cr)
  • Practicum: Guiding and Directing the PK-12 Reading Program (3 cr)

 

Licensure-only Program

Reading Teacher License (License #316)

Students with a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching license may complete coursework for the Reading Teacher (316) license as a licensure-only program.
Candidates for the Reading Teacher license must complete at least 18 semester credits, with at least 12 of those credits taken beyond the bachelor’s degree. Candidates are asked to submit undergraduate transcripts to determine if 6 credits can be transferred. In addition, in order to be eligible to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher license, teachers must have completed two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.

Reading Specialist License (License #317)

Teachers who already hold both a master’s degree and the Reading Teacher license (316) can complete the Reading Specialist license.

 

To request an information packet and application form e-mail Admissions. Questions? Contact Mary Claire Jones, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6106, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail: maryclaire.jones@alverno.edu.

  

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