Online Wilson Reading System® Certification

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Time to completion:

1 Year

The online Wilson Reading System® certification program from Saint Joseph's University provides teachers with the skills needed to help students become fluent, independent readers by using multi-sensory, structured language methods and strategies to teach reading and spelling successfully. SJU’s online Wilson Reading System® (WRS) certification program covers the fundamentals of the WRS so educators can successfully implement this literacy development program in the classroom.

Earning the Wilson Reading System® certification online will equip you with the knowledge you need to work with students who have a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, as well as those who are reading below grade level. Two of the main topics you’ll explore in the comprehensive curriculum are multisensory structured language instruction and instruction for the non-responsive reader.

A true depth of literacy knowledge can prepare you to teach the foundational reading and writing skills necessary for success in and out of the classroom. The WRS addresses a number of fluency and comprehension deficits exhibited by children, teens, and adults who struggle with reading and writing. The Florida Center for Reading Research concluded that the Wilson Reading System® can effectively “close the gap” in literacy skills for struggling readers.1 In short, the Wilson Reading System® is one of the premier supplemental literacy development programs, and Saint Joseph’s University can help you master it.

Tuition for this 10 credit hour program can be found on the program tuition page. Note that there is an additional $325 Wilson fee per course.


Students who don’t show proficiency in reading by the third grade are four times likelier to drop out of school2.


Take another 9 courses to earn a master’s in special education with your Wilson Reading System® certification.

The Wilson Reading System® is implemented in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, adult basic education classes, correctional facilities and home school environments across the country. Upon completion of the WRS certification program, you will may be eligible to earn your WRS Level 1 certification and be included in Wilson’s tutor referral service. This certification can open up additional career opportunities in teaching as a reading specialist, reading therapist or private literacy coach.

Through this innovative online WRS program from Saint Joseph’s University, you can earn a Wilson Reading System® certification alone or complete additional courses to earn a special education master’s in addition to your certification.

There are many benefits of earning your Wilson Reading System® certification online, such as the ability to:

  • Achieve your educational goals while meeting your professional obligations
  • Log into class straight from your laptop or home computer
  • Work comfortably at your own pace
  • Take advantage of the ability to connect and work with a vast array of online learners
  • Conveniently submit assignments electronically

The Wilson Reading System® can effectively “close the gap” in literacy skills for struggling readers.

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 (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.



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