Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) Certificate

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Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) Certificate

Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) Certificate

The Graduate Achievement Program (GAP) Certificate in literacy is for those who already have a master’s degree in an education-related field and want Wisconsin licenses 1316 – Reading Teacher and 5017 – Reading Specialist. It provides experienced teachers the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to literacy and literacy leadership. The program does not lead to a second master’s degree; instead, the GAP Certificate is noted on program completers’ transcript.

Program completers often use their new knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide school or district leadership for literacy programs. Other program completers lead specialized programs such as Title I or RTI or serve as literacy coaches.

The GAP Certificate program in literacy is aligned to standards of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Faculty members in the department are recognized nationally and internationally for their specialties related to literacy and literacy leadership.

The program is envisioned as a reflective journey, meaning the emphasis is on student growth and reflection as evaluated by a Reflective Journey Portfolio. All students register for Literacy 798 twice, at the start of the program to do self-assessment, set goals, and learn about the portfolio assessment system and at the end of the program to present their Reflective Journey Portfolio.

The first 19 credits in the program consist of coursework for Wisconsin license 1316: Reading Teacher. Those students who wish to be endorsed for the 1316 – Reading Teacher license immediately after completing these first 19 credits will defend their portfolio at that time and then again at the end of the GAP program; those who do not want the endorsement until the completion of their entire program will wait until the end of the program and defend their portfolio only once.

Required courses in the GAP program in literacy are in the chart below.

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Face-to-Face or Hybrid?*

Literacy 705

Literacy in the Elementary School

3

Face-to-face or hybrid (varies)

Literacy 735

Adolescent Literacy

3

Hybrid

Literacy 763

Literacy & Technology

2

Hybrid

Literacy 765

Literacy Assessment

3

Hybrid

Literacy 720

Literacy Intervention

3

Face-to-face

Literacy 721

Readers’/Writers’ Workshop: Secondary Focus

3

Face-to-face

Literacy 798

Reflective Journey – Initial

1

Hybrid

Literacy 780

Administration & Supervision of Literacy Programs

3

Hybrid

Literacy 785

Practicum

3

Hybrid

Literacy 798

Reflective Journey – Ending

1

(no class –portfolio presentation only)

*Hybrid courses usually meet face-to-face for approximately 50% of the time and the rest of the work is done online.

For those who already have a master’s degree and hold Wisconsin license 1316 - Reading Teacher: If you already hold a master’s degree and reading teacher license and have a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FORT), you are eligible for the Reading Specialist Licensure Certificate. This specialized program leads to Wisconsin license 5017 – Reading Specialist and includes these courses: Literacy 798 – Initial, Literacy 715, Literacy 780, Literacy 785, Literacy 790, Literacy 798 – Ending. In addition, participants take any courses required in the UWO program for the 1316 – Reading Teacher license which were not part of their 1316 – Reading Teacher preparation program taken elsewhere. Participation in this program is done via approval by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Information about additional requirements for Wisconsin license 1316 – Reading Teacher can be found here.

Information about additional requirements for Wisconsin License 5017 – Reading Specialist can be found here

For more information, contact Dr. Cathy Toll at .

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