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Literacy Coaching Certificate

Literacy coaches are teachers with a strong background in literacy who support other teachers in learning and problem-solving to enhance student success. The Literacy Coaching Certificate is a nine-credit, three-course program designed for those who already have Wisconsin license 5017 – Reading Specialist or 1316 – Reading Teacher and would like to enhance their coaching skills. Graduate students participate in cohorts formed by their school districts, clusters of school districts, or CESAs.

Literacy Coaching Certificate Courses

The three courses that comprise the Literacy Coaching Certificate are:

  • Literacy 767: Literacy Coaching: An overview of approaches to coaching and detailed assistance in developing effective coaching skills.
  • Literacy 764: Special Topics: A course designed specifically for cohort participants, in response to their needs and interests.
  • Literacy 766: Field Experience in Literacy Coaching: A supervised field experience in which practicing and developing literacy coaches are coached personally as they enhance their skills.

Those who completed their MSE – Literacy at UWO within the previous three years do not need to take Literacy 764 in order to earn the Literacy Coaching Certificate.

For more information, contact Cathy Toll at tollc@uwosh.edu.

Reading Teacher License Certificate

The Reading Teacher License Certificate program provides licensed teachers the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to literacy teaching and learning. The program provides all coursework necessary for Wisconsin license 1316 – Reading Teacher.

Program completers often use their new knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their own PK-12 classrooms in order to help students be more successful literate learners. Other program completers become Title I teachers, RTI interventionists, or other specialized reading teachers. Certificate consists of the first 19 credits in the master’s program. 

Graduate Achievement Program

The Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) Certificate in literacy is for those who already have a master’s degree in an education-related field and want Wisconsin licenses 1316 – Reading Teacher and 5017 – Reading Specialist. It provides experienced teachers the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to literacy and literacy leadership. The program does not lead to a second master’s degree; instead, the GAP Certificate is noted on program completers’ transcript.

Educational Coaching Certificate

Educational coaches are teachers who support other teachers in learning and problem-solving to enhance student success. They work in a variety of areas, including content areas such as math or literacy and instructional areas, such as curriculum or instructional, technology or they may be generalists who work in all aspects of the school program. The Educational Coaching Certificate is a nine-credit, three-course program designed for licensed teachers. Graduate students participate in cohorts formed by their school districts, clusters of school districts, or CESAs.

Educational Coaching Certificate Courses

The three courses that comprise the Educational Coaching Certificate are:

  • Literacy 768 | Educational Coaching
    An overview of approaches to coaching and detailed assistance in developing effective coaching skills.
  • Literacy 769 | Field Experience in Educational Coaching
    A supervised field experience in which practicing and developing educational coaches are coached personally as they enhance their skills.
  • Elective
    Participants take an elective course in the content area in which they hope to coach.

For more information, contact Cathy Toll at tollc@uwosh.edu.

Disciplinary Literacy Certificate

Disciplinary literacy focuses on the literacy tools – reading, writing, speaking, listening, and interpreting media – that enhance learning in the content disciplines. The Disciplinary Literacy Certificate is offered collaboratively between the Department of Teaching & Learning and the Department of Literacy & Language. The program is custom-designed for cohorts of PK-12 educators and may consist of 9 to 15 credits.

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Literacy and Language Department
 litlang@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-4444

 

Accreditation

The program is aligned to standards of the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the International Literacy Association (ILA). Faculty members in the department are recognized nationally and internationally for their specialties related to literacy and literacy leadership.

Graduate programs in the Department of Literacy & Language are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provide all coursework necessary for Wisconsin licensure 1316 – Reading Teacher and 5017 – Reading Specialist. 

Wisconsin License 1316 - Reading Teacher

This license is required to teach reading for more than one class period per day or to be a Title I or Reading Recovery teacher. To be endorsed for the license, candidates must complete all required coursework and have at least four semesters of successful teaching experience. Those candidates without a lifetime license must have a passing score of 240 on the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FORT).
 
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Wisconsin License 5017 - Reading Specialist

This license is required to direct reading programs or work with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, or others as a resource teacher in reading. To be endorsed for the license, candidates must have or be eligible for Wisconsin License 1316, must have a master's degree, must complete all required coursework, and must have at least six semesters of successful teaching experience.