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Wilson Reading System® Certification Course Descriptions

The Wilson Reading System® Certification program is made up of four courses that cover the fundamentals of the Wilson Reading System®.

SPE 710 Wilson Reading Program: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language Instruction (1 credit)
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), principles of language structure, how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods; including student identification and placement, program implementation, progress monitoring, scheduling, and creating a successful classroom environment.

SPE 711 Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Basic Word Study 1-3) (3 credits)
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 course provides practical application of reading research, with particular emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding. Provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in WRS Steps 1-3. Additional topics include accuracy and automaticity of word recognition, fluency with decodable text, and listening/reading comprehension at beginning stages of reading.

SPE 712 Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Basic Word Study 4-6) (3 credits)
Expands on the concepts presented in Part I with specific instruction additional syllable patterns and more advanced word structure. It includes additional course topics on vocabulary and developing fluency with authentic text. Provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in WRS Steps 4-6.

SPE 713 Wilson Reading Program: Clinical Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Practicum) (3 credits)
Supervised practicum requires successful delivery of 60 WRS lessons (at minimum) and mastery through WRS Step 4.2 with an individual student selected according to WRS criteria. A Wilson trainer observes the participant working with his /her student five times during the practicum. Must demonstrate that the teaching plan is based on continuous assessment of the student's needs.

Note: Successful completion of SPE 711, 712, and 713 results in WRS Level I Certification.

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