Literacy Coaching

RDGED 721 Supporting Literacy Instruction
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Online Course
3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Tera Ellison
Tuition: $452 per graduate credit hour ($1,356 per course)

Not Offered Summer or Fall Terms
Next time offered - Spring: January 2020

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

What You Will Learn

Every project in this course is a typical task of a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. You will learn how to evaluate literacy resources, collect and utilize data, create and conduct a workshop, practice crucial conversations with colleagues, and create a Professional Development Plan for your district.

Course Description
Supporting teachers in learning about effective literacy instruction through coaching, consultation, and ongoing professional development. Special attention will be given to analyzing data and mastering the complexities of observing, modeling, and providing feedback to teachers. 

Who should enroll?

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

This is the second of three required courses for individuals pursuing reading specialist certification, WI #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. 

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date.

What Our Students Say

"I love reading the feedback you provide via email, on all of our discussion posts, and on our assignments. You highlight our strengths and you provide constructive criticism to push us to be our best selves. It is clear through all of your communication that you are on our side and willing to help us out in any way possible."
~ Carrie Schumacher, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

"I wanted to sincerely thank you for a great semester! Even though it was virtual, I still feel like I know you and the person/educator you are. I have learned so much from you and appreciate/admire your positive feedback and passion for literacy."
~ Meredith Stefonek, Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Textbook to Purchase

Wepner, S.B., Strickland, D.S., & Quatroche, D.J.  (Eds.)  (2014).  The administration and supervision of reading programs.  (5th ed.).  New York, NY:  Teachers College Press.


Walpole, S., & McKenna, M.C.  (2013).  The literacy coach’s handbook:  A guide to research-based practice.  (2nd ed.).  New York, NY:  Guilford Press.

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.