RDGED 720 Leading and Directing the Reading Program

Online Course
3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Paula Harms
Tuition: $441 per graduate credit hour ($1,323, per course)

Not offered in the spring or summer terms
Will be Offered in Fall 2019, You may begin the program with RDGED 721 Supporting Literacy Instruction in January 2019

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

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If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-232-2693.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

What Will You Learn

Course Description
Using theory, research data, evidence, and organizational change principles to develop, lead, evaluate, and improve PK-12 literacy and professional development programs.  Leadership in developing and promoting effective literacy programs for all students is emphasized.


A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Lassonde, C., & Tucker, K. (2014). The Literacy Leadership Handbook: Best Practices for Developing Professional Literacy Communities    Pearson. ISBN:  978-0-13-301388-7

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the used or new paperback from amazon.com

Who should enroll?

Reading educators may enroll in this course to renew a reading specialist license, to meet professional development or continuing education goals, or to transfer credit to another university's reading specialist program. 

This course is designed for certified reading teachers at all levels. This is the first of three required courses for individuals pursuing reading specialist certification, Wisconsin #5017

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

No travel to campus - 100% Online

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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Email: Online Professional Development
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