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Master's Degree in Literacy (Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist Licenses)

This provides licensed teachers the opportunity to earn the 1316 Reading Teacher license and the 5017 Reading Specialist license while earning a master's degree in Literacy. You will learn how pupils develop literacy from birth through high school, while applying high yield instructional strategies that are applicable to your own classrooms.

Program Overview

The Reading Specials License and Master's Degree in Literacy at Cardinal Stritch University is a 30-credit degree program, that includes both the 1316 Reading Teacher License and the 5017 Reading Specialist License within the masters degree.

The coursework in this program is intended to prepare teachers to provide focused and intensive reading instruction for children, especially those who are striving toward literacy development in grades PK-12. The program provides an in-depth study of research and practice in literacy with other PK-12 teachers across the area. The coursework and sequence are designed for working teachers. The licenses provide candidates with the knowledge to better serve pupils in their own classrooms, or to move to other literacy positions within a school or district. The content learned in the Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist program is directly applicable to teacher's current classrooms.

All 20 credits earned upon completion of the 1316 Reading Teacher Licensure coursework are then directly applied toward the Master of Arts in Literacy degree. 10 additional credits in research and leadership are required for the Master of Arts in Literacy degree, which then includes eligibility for the 5017 Reading Specialist License.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

If you are just interested in getting a Licensure click the tabs for more information.

Reading Teacher     Reading Specialist

Unique to Stritch

3 in 1 Opportunity

At Stritch you have the opportunity to complete the following at once...

Reading Teacher Licensure Requirements

  • 2 years of teaching experience by end of program. 

More about the program:

  • 20 credits (4 classes and practicum course)
    • Our practicum course allows candidates to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the program to support a striving young reader. 
    • Candidates are mentored through the practicum by a master literacy instructor who supports their work with a striving young reader. 
  • Hyflex option available.
  • Can be completed in as little as 13 months.

Reading Teacher Licensure + Reading Specialist License + Master's Degree

  • 30 credits
    • 20 credits for the Reading Teacher license alone; an additional 10 credits to earn the master's degree and Reading Specialist license.

These licenses benefit teachers with the knowledge on how to serve readers at all levels, as well as serving school colleagues as a literacy leader. 

Reading Specialist Requirements

  • Reading Specialist candidates complete a master's degree program, which includes the Reading Teacher and Reading Specialists license. 

More about the program: 

The Reading Specialist is an administrator license in Wisconsin. Candidates already holding the Reading Teacher license and a qualifying master's degree may complete the Reading Specialist program in as little as two courses. 

Hyflex Learning

Hyflex Learning

Stay active and engaged in the comfort of your own home through our unique Hyflex model.

You will be logged in to live classes where you can engage with classmates and professors as you would in person.

Kellner Family Literacy Center

Stritch graduates are highly sought after because of the history and legacy of our Literacy Programs. 

The practicum experience is in the Kellner Family Literacy Center on campus. This experience allows students to be mentored by master's professors and to develop strategies to help struggling readers strive in and out of the classroom. 

To learn more about the Kellner Family Literacy Center at Stritch, click here

Please contact the program's admissions representative or faculty member for additional information:

Kirsten Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions|Director of Recruitment for the Kellner College of Education, Literacy, and Leadership

Enrollment Management - Admissions GraduateEnrollment Management - Admissions Graduate

(414) 410-4061

Rhonda D. Schoonover

Faculty - Language and Literacy

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