Become a Reading Teacher

Are you seeking a transition in your current teaching position or change in jobs?

Enhance your literacy skills to provide support and interventions for struggling readers.

Become a leader in reading education in your school or district with focused competencies using reading assessments and instructional strategies.

Fast track your career with the online 14-month reading teacher certification (Wisconsin #1316).

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Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and an initial teaching license

No travel to campus required.
100% online to fit your schedule

Return later and apply these reading course credits as electives in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much will it cost?

  • • 2018-2019 $441/per semester hour graduate credit or $1,323 per course
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Tuition Due Dates

Is financial aid available?

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid
You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in our Masters of Science in Education degree program, with at least five graduate credits in a semester.

Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.


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When can I start?

Register now to reserve a spot.

Complete the Online Registration Request Form

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There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date.

The reading courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Will the course credits apply to a Master's degree?

Yes, only 7 additional classes are required to obtain your Master of Science in Education graduate degree.

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning the Master of Science in Education online degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

May I enroll in the reading courses if I have already completed a Master's degree?

Yes, you may enroll in the courses to meet your goals for

  • add-on reading teacher certification/license
  • professional development
  • a continuing education/refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
  • transfer credit to another university or state's licensure program

Online Reading Courses

Each reading course is 3 semester hours graduate credits.

If you are teaching full-time, enrolling in one course per term is the recommendation of the reading faculty.

  1. RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12

  2. RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12

  3. Choose one literature course:
    RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program
    RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program

  4. RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development

  5. RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques for Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties

  6. RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties 
    Field-based teaching experience in your school/community.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the five prerequisite reading courses: RDGED 701, 702, 703 or 704, 705, 706

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • 4K-Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teachers
  • Reading/Math Interventionists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • English Language Arts Teachers
  • Dual-Language Spanish Teachers
  • Academic/Instructional Coaches
  • Reading Resource Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • ELL/ESL Teachers
  • Bilingual teachers
  • Literacy Specialists
  • RTI Coordinators
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. See the following website for additional information.

Apply now if you plan to enroll in all six courses for Wisconsin certification.

The reading teacher (Wisconsin License #1316) license is a supplemental/add-on teaching license, that requires a bachelor's degree, initial teaching license, and at least two years of teaching experience.

Download the
Reading Teacher Certification Program Application Form

Email the form to Dr. Emily Hines at

Reading Program Admission Requirements

Finding Reading Teacher Jobs

What types of reading teaching opportunities are available?

  • Reading teacher, Title 1 teacher, reading interventionist (in a public school district, varies/based on experience) $34,000-$50,000
  • Reading teacher (correctional institution) $44,000-$45,000
  • Adult educator (technical college) $25,000-$40,000
  • Tutor (private setting) $14-$26 per hour

How will a graduate reading certification help me?

  • Add your reading certification to your resume and LinkedIn profile. 
  • Demonstrate you are acquiring new skills and knowledge if you are seeking a transition or change in jobs.
  • Enhance your bachelor’s or master’s degree with literacy subject matter expertise.
  • Use your online reading eportfolio to showcase your skills to employers.

Where can I find reading teacher job listings and volunteer opportunities?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Transfer credit
  • Admissions requirements
  • Course sequence
  • Required software
  • Emergency licensure
  • Out-of-state licensure

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If you have specific questions or need more information about the application and registration process, request information online. One of our program advisers will be in touch with you shortly or you may phone (715) 642-0209.

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Our Students Say...


I know the quality of the UW- Stout program was key to my success in being offered a reading specialist and literacy coaching position with the DeForest Area School District. 

 The interview team was clearly impressed when I presented items from my portfolio. I feel well prepared to take on this new and exciting challenge.”
~ Kathy Williams
DeForest, Wisconsin


"Each of the UW-Stout reading courses has been extremely thorough and well-organized.

I have gained invaluable insight into struggling readers and practiced a multitude of strategies in real-life context." 

~ Patricia Muller 
Reading Specialist - Centreville Middle School 



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