Reading Teacher License

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The Edgewood College K-12 Reading Teacher Program leads to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (WDPI) add-on “Reading Teacher” license (Code 316).  We prepare educators to become reflective and responsive anti-racist leaders of literacy education, as reading teachers or literacy coaches in K-12 settings.  The six-course program supports teachers in understanding the unique assets of students and utilizing evidence-based practices to expand their literate identities. 


Edgewood's Reading Program emphasizes a deep understanding of literacy and its role in promoting an anti-racist society through the following:

  • Evidence-based instructional and assessment practices are based on current reading research.
  • Competencies include developing foundational skills, language skills, and cognitive skills.
  • The curriculum examines the role of identity, skills, intellect, criticality, and joy.
  • Instruction develops teacher practice that makes it impossible for students to fail.



Courses are offered in a virtual format.  Each 8-week course will involve three synchronous virtual sessions with online learning in between. Program coursework can be completed in 12 months.

License and Degree Requirements


  • ED 605A Language for Teachers I (3 credits)
  • ED 611 Approaches to Literacy (3 credits)
  • ED 618  Inclusive and Antiracist Reading Pedagogies (3 credits)
  • ED 624 Literacy Development (3 credits)
  • ED 686 Language for Teachers II (3 credits)
  • ED 694 Supervised Field Experience (1 credit) 


Students may choose to take additional coursework that leads to a Reading Specialist License (#5017) and/or the Master of Education, Reading Administration Concentration. Students will complete the following:

  • Reading Teacher 1316 License Series (16 credits)
  • Reading Specialist Core Courses: ED 655 Equitable Designs (spring, 3 credits), ED 687 Literacy Research (spring, 3 credits), ED 689 Mentoring, Coaching and Leadership (fall, 3 credits)
  • Research Core Courses: ED 603 Intro to Ed Research and ED 692 Research Capstone Project (6 credits)

Tuition and Financial Aid


Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. In response to a critical need in Wisconsin schools, Edgewood College has significant reduced graduate tuition for our Reading Teacher program.

Courses (16 credits) in the Reading Teacher Program are offered at the discounted tuition rate of $611 per credit. Licensure course can be applied towards a Master of Arts in Education. Master Completion courses (15 credits) are at the tuition rate of $1,072 per credit.  

Tuition is based on the 2022/2023 academic year.


Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions at Graduate Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid Questions? Contact Edgewood Central at 608-663-4300 or ecentral@edgewood.edu.

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Teachers are encouraged to inquire about the Teach Grant

Reading Teacher Program students may qualify for the TEACH grant; a federal grant which, “provides grants of up to $4000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements.” These funds do not need to be repaid if you “serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received the TEACH grant.”

Please review carefully the  TEACH grant website to review the program stipulations and obligations upon program completion. From this site, you can also find a link which lists current eligible schools and districts that serve low-income students.

To apply for the TEACH grant through Edgewood College, you must first notify your advisor about your intent to apply. Your advisor will then verify your eligibility with the Financial Aid office and put you in touch with a Financial Aid officer to complete the TEACH grant enrollment process.

Admissions Requirements

Apply Today!  Complete and submit the graduate application. This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, license, or take a course as a non-degree student. 

All required application materials should be submitted by deadlines. Applications received after deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Questions?  Contact 608-663-3250 or jeastman@edgewood.edu. 

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have one year of classroom teaching in order to begin the program.  Candidates who apply for the 316 license must have two years of classroom teaching experience at the time of their application. The coursework may be taken without applying for the license. Applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the graduate programs.

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a regionally accredited or equivalent postsecondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institutions that you have attended. 
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school.
  4. Submit a written statement listing the reasons that you will be successful in graduate school: cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  5. Provide evidence of a WDPI initial educator, professional educator, or master educator license (or the equivalent).
  6. International students must contact Graduate and Professional Studies for additional admission requirements. Learn more.

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Meet Your Faculty

Emily Zoeller
Emily Zoeller
Coordinator of Language and Literacy
School of Education

Dr. Emily Zoeller is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of ESL, Bilingual, and Reading Education. Emily holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of San Diego. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College, where she researched teacher leadership in two-way dual language education. Emily’s research interests include biliteracy development, educational leadership, and bilingual teacher preparation. Prior to her role at Edgewood College, Emily worked in Madison Metropolitan School District as a bilingual teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach. She is passionate about leading for equity among teachers of multilingual learners.


Marisa Flowers
Marisa Flowers
Marisa Flowers is currently a   Culture and Climate Coach at Huegel Elementary in Madison, WI focusing on restorative justice in education.  Marisa brings experience and  instructional lens as an elementary  teacher,  instructional coach, and leader of professional learning and leadership development  for elementary  schools.  Marisa holds a Masters of Arts in Education and recently  completed both Principalship and Director of Instruction certification program at Edgewood College.  She is   committed to the development  of educators  in transforming learning environment into spaces centered in anti-racist pedagogies and culturally and historically responsive literacy practices.
Daniella Molle
Daniella Molle

Dr. Daniella Molle conducts qualitative research that can inform professional learning initiatives specifically designed for teachers of multilingual students. She is interested in designing and exploring different approaches to working with educators to support the academic success of multilingual students. She is involved in investigations of what educators learn during professional development, how they put that knowledge into practice, and how their practice facilitates the academic literacy development of multilingual students.

Tamara Mouw
Tamara Mouw
Assistant Coordinator of Language and Literacy

Tamara Mouw, M.H.R., M.Ed., is a systems-level, equity-focused innovative instructional leader. She has served as a high school English teacher, an instructional coach, and an administrator in curriculum and instruction where she led district-wide professional learning in literacy. Tamara is currently serving as Director of Partnerships and Equitable Practices at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction where she enacts an anti-bias, antiracist approach to creating just and equitable learning environments.

Alexis Nass
Alexis Nass

Alexis Nass has been working with and on behalf of English Learners for the past 14 years and currently serves as the Elementary English Learner Coordinator for the Verona Area School District.  A recipient of  the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) Educator of the Year award, Alexis has served as an instructional coach, has attended and led numerous workshops and conferences, and has been involved in various community partnerships with the purpose to increase educational opportunities for bilingual learners.  She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education & ESL from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a M.A. in Education from Viterbo University.  


Out of State Licensure

Although Wisconsin maintains high standards for our teacher education programs, there is not simple reciprocity between Wisconsin and all other states. Each state sets their own requirements for teacher licensure, but will generally allow for Wisconsin teaching and administrator licenses to be transferred. Specific requirements are left to each state’s department of education, which are linked below.

State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for Teacher Licenses
The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
Satisfies Educational Requirements:
WI, IL, CO, CT, DE, HI, IN, IA, KS (secondary), LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, PA, RI, TN, TX, VT, WA, WV, WY
Does Not Satisfy Educational Requirements:  
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, ID, KS (elementary), KY, ME, MD, MS, NV, NH, NJ, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, VA

State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for School Administration Licenses
The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
Satisfies Educational Requirements:
No Determination Made:
All states are referenced here


Please contact Michael Meissen, Clinical and Advising Coordinator, with additional questions.

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