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Become a licensed reading teacher or reading specialist

Be an advocate for literacy in schools as a reading teacher or reading specialist. At Concordia, you'll learn to develop strategies and practices to implement and improve reading curricula and programs to help students succeed.

Your coursework and practicums are centered on the science of reading along with the latest trends in literacy. Our ranking of #8 in the Top 20 online literacy programs by proves we are doing it right!



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A reading teacher works directly with K-12 students at various levels of reading. You will apply instructional practices and intervention strategies to striving readers. Evaluate and diagnose students reading and comprehension skills as they progress through school. 

Eligible Students:
  • Hold a current and valid teaching license AND have two years of PK-12 teaching experience.
  • Current educators teacher may start this licensure program with one year of teaching experience. You need to get in the required second year of teaching by the time you graduate.
Program Requirements:
  • Complete a practicum in a school. 
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 during the program.
  • Complete appropriate program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts to earn the reading teacher license (#1316) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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reading specialist is an administrative position within a school. You provide instruction to teachers and support staff for K-12 reading programs and curricula. As a leading expert in literacy, you will be expected to develop continuous improvement plans. 

Eligible Students:
  • You must have your reading teacher license (#1316) from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI). 
  • To be a student in this program you need to have a Master's degree in education.
Program Requirements
  • Complete a literacy internship.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 during the program
  • Earn a passing score of 233 or higher on the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT).
  • Complete appropriate program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts to earn the reading specialist license (#5017) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).



Workshop Title: Phonics Matters

Date: June 12, 2023
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon campus
Cost: $150


Who should attend:

  • Classroom teachers and literacy coaches who provide direct instruction.
  • Principals who play a significant role in evaluating teachers' effectiveness in delivering quality instruction
  • District leaders who select, evaluate, and review phonics curriculum.


The keynote speaker will be Wiley Blevins a world-renowned early literacy expert that is an author, educational consultant, and researcher. 
At the workshop, he will share his expertise from 35 years of classroom research on the seven critical ingredients of phonics teaching that will produce the greatest learning gains in students.



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