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 students begin in the Reading Teacher program. Depending on sufficient student interest, there may be an opportunity to continue on for the master's degree and either Reading Specialist (17) licensure (M.A. in Language and Literacy degree program) or Learning Disabilities (42-811) licensure (M.A. in Literacy and Learning Disabilities degree program). Credits may be applied toward completion of the master's degree as long as all course work is 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.