Wilson Reading System®

The Wilson Reading System® Certification from Saint Joseph's University provides teachers with the skills needed to help students become fluent, independent readers, using multi-sensory, structured language programs and strategies to teach reading and spelling successfully. The program is also available online.

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is implemented in public and private schools, literacy volunteer organizations, clinics, adult basic education classes, family literacy programs, correctional facilities, and home school situations across the country. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling.

Wilson Reading program is ideal for students with decoding or word-level deficits.

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

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.

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.  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. 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 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.  Prerequisite: SPE 710 and completion of/or concurrent enrollment in SPE 711/SPE 712

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.