Reading Teacher Certification

The coursework for the Reading Teacher program 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. Students engage in one practicum that focuses on individual and/or small group instruction.  

Students will be able to utilize their own classroom settings to develop and implement strategies introduced in courses. Students will examine research relevant to reading and participate in a culminating field experience.

All 316 credits apply toward course work  for the master’s degree in Language and Literacy, which may begin immediately following the 316 Reading Certification Program depending on sufficient student interest.  Upon completion of the master degree, students may earn a 17 Reading Specialist license with an additional 3 credit course. The Reading Specialist license  prepares individuals to provide professional support regarding literacy instruction for the faculty of an entire building or district.  All course work that applies towards a master’s degree must completed within seven consecutive years.

Standards from the International Reading Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Mission Statement of Stritch and the College of Education and Leadership guide the curriculum and instruction for the department.