Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist
Certification Program

UWM's Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Reading Specialist Program, for certified classroom teachers who have a special interest in reading.

The Reading Specialist Certification program may be taken by students admitted either as a post-baccalaureate student (special student) or as part of a graduate degree. Students must formally apply to UWM using either the post-baccalaureate or graduate program process to participate in a reading certification program.

What can the Reading Specialist Certification Program do for your and your students?

• Early Reading Empowerment is a proven program with research (Mertzman & Short, 2007, 2009) showing that it has raised reading achievement for students who struggle with reading in many districts across the state
• Early Reading Empowerment meets the criteria for Response To Intervention (RTI) and addresses issues involving overidentification of students of color and of poverty
• Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist licensure programs can create reading professionals who can address the issues of elementary, middle and high schools who have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Admission for Certification


Admission for Certification in Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist Certification Program (PDF)

Reading Specialist Certification Program Application


Download Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist Certification Application (PDF)

Graduate Programs with a Reading Focus


Post-Baccalaureate Reading Teacher Certification Graduate Programs with a Reading Focus (PDF)

Professional Development Plans and Reading


Professional Development Plans (PDP) and Reading Overview (PDF)

Early Reading Empowerment


Early Reading Empowerment (ERE) Overview and Information (PDF)

Curriculum and Instruction Advising


Visit the Curriculum and Instruction Advising webpage for more advising information.

Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist Certification Downloadable Program Sheet


Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist Certification Downloadable Program Sheet (PDF)

Faculty and Staff


Program Directors

Tania Mertzman Habeck

Ruth Short

Program Faculty and Faculty Advisors

Tania Mertzman Habeck

Ruth Short

Academic Advisor

Andrea Azarian