Reading

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program that leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in Reading. The degree program also can lead to certification as a reading specialist or reading teacher by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Since the program must meet current DPI standards, program requirements are subject to change. The faculty contact person for this program is Dr. Peggy Marciniec, Assistant Professor of Education, McCaskill 104-A; (715) 394-8585; pmarcini@uwsuper.edu
 

Master of Science in Education - Reading

The M.S.E.-Reading is designed for certified teachers who wish to pursue graduate work in the field of reading/literacy. The degree is appropriate for both elementary and secondary teachers and can lead to certification in reading at the early childhood through adolescence level (reading teacher/reading specialist). The elective courses should be selected by the student and his or her program advisor to satisfy the professional interests and certification needs of the student.

Degree Requirements
The M.S.E.-Reading degree requires a minimum of 30 semester credits of graduate course work. At least 15 credits must be in 700-level courses. A written comprehensive examination must be taken and passed prior to being granted an M.S.E.-Reading degree. The examination should be taken when a student is more than two-thirds done with the program. In addition, a portfolio of the student's competencies is required.

Foundations: A minimum of six semester credits selected from the following or accepted in transfer by the program advisor:

PSYC 651     Developmental Psychology I: Child Development     3 credits
PSYC 652     Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence             3 credits
TED 692     Introduction to Learning Disabilities                            3 credits
TED 734     Learning and Instructional Practice                             3 credits
TED 741     Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice       3 credits
TED 744     Instructional Systems Design                                      3 credits
 

Reading: A minimum of 18 credits to include:

TED 663     Developing Literacy Pre K-3                                     3 credits
TED 664     Developing Literacy 4-12 Grades                                 3 credits
TED 665     Using Literacy Processes in the Content Areas             3 credits
TED 701     Introduction to Reading Difficulties                              3 credits

TED 702     Practicum in Reading Difficulties K-12                         3 credits

LIBS 510    Adolescent Literature 

or
TED 606     Children's Literature                                                       3 credits each

AND elective courses selected from the following as agreed on by your advisor:

TED 705     The K-12 Literacy Program                                                      3 credits
TED 709     History and Philosophy of Reading Instruction                            2 credits
TED 681     Seminars in Education (Reading/Language Arts Topics)             .5-3 credits
TED 722     Seminar in Education (Reading/Language Arts topics)                 1-4 credits
TED 781     Independent Study (Reading/Language Arts topics)                     2-4 credits

Research: A minimum of three credits as follows:

TED 700 Classroom Inquiry in Literacy                                                         3 credits
 

Certification Programs in Reading
UW-Superior offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification as a Reading Teacher (316 license) or a Reading Specialist (317 license). DPI certification standards represent minimal requirements. Teacher education programs have the right to exceed minimal requirements.

Reading Teacher (316 License)
Any person who has a specific assignment to teach reading must hold a reading teacher license which requires the following:

1. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin license to teach or completion of an approved teacher education program.

2. Two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience.

3. An academic program approved by the candidate's program advisor, which includes a minimum of 18 semester credits with at least 12 of these credits taken beyond the bachelor's degree.

4. Courses applied toward the 316 license must comply with university policies concerning transfer credits, workshop limitations, and current (seven-year limit) requirements. Students must be admitted to the graduate programs to begin work on this license.

Required Courses:

TED 663     Developing Literacy PreK-3                                          3 credits
TED 664     Developing Literacy 4-12th Grades                                3 credits
TED 665     Using Literacy Processes in the Content Areas                3 credits
TED 701     Introduction to Reading Difficulties                                  3 credits
TED 702     Practicum in Reading Difficulties K-12                              3 credits
LIBS 510     Adolescent Literature 
or
TED 606     Children's Literature                                                          3 credits each

Reading Specialist (317 License)
Any person who directs early childhood through adolescence reading programs, works with reading teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and others as a resource teacher in reading must hold a reading specialist license which requires the following:

1. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin Reading Teacher license.

2. Successful completion of a master's degree in Reading.

3. An academic program approved by the candidate's program advisor which includes all required course work for the M.S.E.-Reading degree, and the 316 Reading Teacher license. All coursework must comply with university policies regarding transfer credits, workshop limits, and current (seven-year limit) requirements.

Additional Required Courses:
In addition to the courses required for the 316 license (listed previously), the candidate for the Reading Specialist certification must complete the following courses:

TED 705     The K-12 Literacy Program      3 credits

Research:

TED 700     Classroom Inquiry in Literacy     3 credits