The Wilson Reading certification program is made up of four courses that cover the fundamentals of the Wilson Reading System®. Successful completion of SPE 710, 711, 712, and 713, and all WRS requirements, results in WRS Standard/Level I certification, which can lead to new career opportunities or simply help you teach your students literacy skills more effectively.
Coursework focuses on strategies for addressing and overcoming a variety of fluency and comprehension deficits, including learning disabilities. If you decide to further your education in this area, you can take another 9 courses to earn a master’s in special education with your Wilson Reading System® certification.
Tuition for this program is $750 per credit hour, plus an additional $300 in Wilson fees per course.
Wilson Reading System® Track Courses (Choose 4)
SPE 710 Introductory Workshop: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language Instruction
1 credit. This online Wilson introductory course examines the definition of dyslexia and common characteristics, reading research and the five areas of reading in relation to students beyond grade two with persistent phonological coding deficits. Specifically studies the Wilson Reading System® (WRS), including student identification and placement, program implementation, progress monitoring, scheduling, and creating a successful classroom environment; principles of language structure; and how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods. Wilson Reading Certification course.
SPE 711 Basic Word Study 1-3: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader
3 credits. This course presents in detail the multisensory structured language instruction that is required for teaching students beyond grade two with word-level deficits who are unresponsive to previous instruction. This online course provides practical application of reading research, with particular emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding as well as expands upon these concepts with specific instruction in the closed syllable pattern. Provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in Wilson Reading System (WRS) Steps 1-3. Additional topics include accuracy and automaticity of word recognition, fluency with decodable and authentic text, vocabulary and listening/reading comprehension at beginning stages of reading. Wilson Reading Certification course. Prerequisite: SPE 710
SPE 712 Basic Word Study 4-6: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader
3 credits. This is a continuation of the Wilson Steps 1-3 on-line course. Presents in detail the multisensory structured language instruction that is required for teaching students beyond grade two with word-level deficits who are unresponsive to previous instruction. This online course provides practical application of reading research, with particular emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding as well as expands upon these concepts with specific instruction in the vowel-consonant-e, open, and consonant-le syllable patterns. Provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Steps 4-6. Additional topics include the ten critical points of the Wilson Reading System, dyslexia, non-controlled text, and handwriting. Wilson Reading Certification course. Prerequisite: SPE 710 and SPE 711
SPE 713 Wilson Certification Course Clinical: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Practicum)
3 credits. This course, a supervised practicum, requires identifying and securing a practicum student in grades 4 - 12 with significant word level deficits, selected according to WRS practicum student selection criteria. Although not required, a second practicum student is highly recommended. The practicum entails successful delivery of a minimum of 60 hours of Wilson Reading System (WRS) lessons and teaching mastery through WRS Step 4.2. A Wilson trainer observes the participant working with his /her student five times during the practicum via videoconferencing. Must demonstrate that the teaching plan is based on continuous assessment of the student’s needs. *This course is completed over two semesters, generally spanning one academic year. Please Note: Although completion of SPE 710, SPE 711, SPE 712 and SPE 713 are required for WRS Level I Certification, certification is not guaranteed and is dependent upon successful fulfillment of all Wilson requirements. This Program is rigorous and requires a commitment to successfully completing the practicum hours for SPE 713. Prerequisite: SPE 710 and completion of/or concurrent enrollment in SPE 711/SPE 712.
NOTE: Courses are in alpha-numeric order, not necessarily the order in which they are taken, and are subject to change. Please speak with an Program Manager for a course map.
Student Teaching and Field Experience
The PA Department of Education requires all teacher candidates to complete field experience competencies in certification programs. The Special Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University has designated activities in each course in the required curriculum to meet the state standards.
To learn more about the online Wilson Reading System® certification program from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.