Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Education-Reading
Certification Programs in 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, Associate Professor of Education, McCaskill 104-A; (715) 394-8585;


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 the 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 portfolio of the student's competencies is required for degree completion. Students will research and write a thesis on a topic of interest related to literacy learning.


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

TED 607 The Middle School and Its Students                                                          3 credits  

TED 683 Introduction to Cross-Categorical Special Education I                               3 credits

TED 797 Contemporary Issues in Special Education                                                 3 credits

TED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications              3 credits

TED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice                                       3 credits

TED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices                                          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 


TED 606 Children's Literature                                                 3 credits


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 750 Research Foundations of Education                                 3 credits

TED 752 Educational Research Project                                          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 Pre K-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 


TED 606     Children's Literature                                           3 credits


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: A minimum of three (3) credits:

TED 750 Research Foundations of Education                      3 credits

TED 752 Educational Research Project                              3 credits