Reading Teacher 316 Licensure

The coursework for the Reading Teacher certification is intended to prepare teachers to provide focused and intensive instruction for small groups of children, especially those who struggle with literacy development in grades K-12. Teachers can immediately apply the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework to their present classroom situations.

The M.A. in Language and Literacy degree program, originally founded in 1956, was one of the University's and the nation’s first graduate degrees to respond to the need for well-prepared teachers and specialists in reading. Reading Teacher (316) K-12 Certification is a 20-credit, graduate-level program offered through the Department of Language and Literacy.


Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 20

Additional Information

Themes embedded throughout the program include:

  • Consideration of the unique academic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic backgrounds that students bring to their learning when teachers are planning, instructing and assessing in the classroom.
  • Focus on language as the tool that teachers use to instruct and that children use to convey their understandings of the world, as well as the content of learning.
  • Consistent use of research to inform practice.
  • Analytic and developmental view for determining and providing literacy instruction

Standards and Program Outcomes

The program is connected to the International Reading Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals and aligned with INTASC Teacher Standards. See individual syllabi for course-related standards that are tied to program outcomes and assessment criteria. 


Pathway to the Master Degree in Literacy and Reading Specialist (17) License

Master of Arts Degree in Literacy

All credits earned upon completion of 316 coursework directly apply toward a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy. An additional 10 credits are required for the master degree. The start date of the MA program is dependent upon student enrollment numbers. Although the goal is to begin MA coursework immediately following the completion of the 316 program, this is not always possible. Action Research involves conducting research related to literacy, writing a manuscript, and presenting the research project (oral comprehensive examination). The following courses are required for the Master of Arts Degree in Literacy degree:

  • Statistics and Introduction to Research
  • Supervision (4 credits)
  • Action Research (2 credits)


Reading Specialist (17) License

Upon completion of the Master Degree, a three credit course is offered for Reading Specialist (17) license.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

Prior Education
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (probationary acceptance may be granted).

Professional Credential and Competency
  • Proof of Teaching Certification
  • At the time of certification at least two years of teaching experience.

Admissions Application and Transcripts

Complete the Admissions Application
  • Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.

Request Transcripts
  • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.

Information for International Students
  • If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Two Attitude and Disposition Questionnaires

Attitude and disposition questionnaires should be completed by two individuals who know you in a professional or academic relationship (i.e., supervisors, colleagues, advisors).

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor

Begin the admission process with Kristina or contact her to follow-up on your current application.

Kristina Meekins

(414) 410-4061 or (800) 347-8822

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