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Literacy and Language

DEPARTMENT OF LITERACY & LANGUAGE

Literacy is the ability to effectively read, write, listen, speak, and interpret media in order to communicate through language. These skills are important to PK-12 students when learning in all content disciplines and essential for an engaged and productive life.

The Department of Literacy & Language offers graduate programs for experienced educators wishing to specialize in literacy instruction and literacy leadership, including:

Available to those seeking a master’s degree and Wisconsin licenses 1316 – Reading Teacher and 5017 – Reading Specialist. A specialized program, the Reading Specialist Track within the Master’s, is available for those who already hold the 1316 – Reading Teacher license.

Available to those who already hold a master’s degree in an education-related field and seek Wisconsin licenses 1316 – Reading Teacher and 5017 – Reading Specialist. A specialized program, the Reading Specialist Licensure Certificate program, is available for those who already hold a master’s degree and the 1316 – Reading Teacher license.

Available to those seeking Wisconsin license 1316 – Reading Teacher.

Available to those licensed as bilingual teachers who seek Wisconsin license 1316 – Reading Teacher.

Available to those who hold Wisconsin license 5017 - Reading Specialist or 1316 - Reading Teacher and seek to develop advanced skills in literacy coaching. 

Available to those who hold a Wisconsin teaching license and seek to advance student learning in the disciplines through literacy. This certificate is offered collaboratively with the Department of Teaching & Learning.

Graduate programs in the Department are hybrid, meaning courses involve a mix of in-person and online work. Face-to-face class meetings occur in the evening during the academic year and in the daytimes during the summer term.

Graduate programs in the Department of Literacy & Language are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to lead to these licenses:

Refer to the chart below to help you determine which graduate program is best for you.

 

MSE – Literacy

Reading Specialist Track within the Master’s

GAP

Reading Specialist Certificate

Reading Teacher License Certificate

Bilingual Reading Teacher License

Literacy

Coaching

Certificate

Disciplinary Literacy Certificate

Hold a teaching license already

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Seek a master’s degree

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already have a master’s degree

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

Want to obtain license 5017 – Reading Specialist

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Want to obtain license 1316 – Reading Teacher

X

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

Hold a bilingual teaching license (license 1023)

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Hold a reading specialist license (5017) or reading teacher license (1316) and want to develop skills in literacy coaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Want to deepen effectiveness in teaching content disciplines by enhancing student literacies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Off-Campus Programs

The Department of Literacy & Language offers its programs on campus and in cohort sites around Wisconsin. Cohorts can be formed by school districts, clusters of school districts, or CESAs. Contact Dr. Cathy Toll, Graduate Program Coordinator, at to discuss potential cohorts.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Literacy & Language also provides courses for all initial teacher preparation programs in the College and offers a reading minor to those pursuing an MC-EA teaching license or a Dual MC-EA/Special Education Cross-Categorical teaching license.

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