Reading Teacher License

Develop expertise through a sequence of focused courses.

The reading teacher program is a professional learning community model that provides a supportive and interactive environment for current K-12 educators to broaden their understanding and skills related to literacy teaching and learning. Rooted in the science of reading, candidates develop both knowledge and practices related to literacy assessment, reading intervention, equity, and inclusion in the K-12 setting. The program is aligned with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Content Standards, the International Literacy Association standards for the preparation of literacy professionals, and the International Dyslexia Association knowledge and practice standards for the teaching of reading.

Graduate students who have an initial Wisconsin teaching license and two years of full-time teaching experience can qualify for an additional license as K-12 Reading Teachers by completing Carroll's Reading Teacher sequence. Students seeking this license must earn a grade of B or higher in each reading course and must have an overall minimum reading course grade point average of 3.0. Successful completion of this 15-credit program leads to a Wisconsin Reading Teacher License.

Credits from the reading teacher license program can be applied to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction or an M.Ed. in Literacy. Candidates completing a M.Ed. program may be eligible for financial aid.

Courses are scheduled once per month on Friday night and Saturday mornings. 

  • Friday night classes can be attended in person or via Microsoft Teams
  • Saturday classes are held in-person
  • Fridays 5–9 p.m. | Saturdays 8 a.m.– 12p.m
The following courses compose the graduate level requirements for the license:
  • Literacy Assessment (3 credits)
  • Emergent Literacy (3 credits)
  • Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Writing Instruction (3 credits)
  • Middle and High School Literacy (3 credits)
  • Literacy Intervention in a Multi-level System of Support (3 credits)

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