Individual Teacher Practicum Course
WRS Introductory Course must have been completed within the last 5 years.
Registration for WRS 4th Edition Level I may be started at any time in the year.
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WRS* 4th Edition Level I Certification.
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before registering below
Fee for entire Practicum and Certification is $2,300. Full payment due at the time of enrollment after your practicum student is approved by Susan. Credit cards, PayPal or check are accepted, as well as purchase orders.
WRS 4th Edition Level I Certification
The Wilson Reading System (WRS) 4th Edition Level I Certification program is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement WRS Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: the WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) and the WRS Level I Steps 1-6 Practicum.
A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply those in the classroom with students. The WRS Level I Certification Program provides a course that deepens teachers’ content knowledge while providing a supervised practicum that allows teachers to apply and practice skillful use of research-based strategies. Considerable time, effort, and study are required for the WRS Certification program. Each trainee is expected to acquire a very sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology), as well as the use of specific diagnostic techniques in teaching decoding and encoding, and strategies for vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
WRS Introductory Course (completed within the last five years). Both 3rd Edition or 4th Edition training are acceptable.
Individuals have 12 months from the date of enrollment to complete the online course and practicum.
There are 5 required observations with teacher and their practicum student.
For individuals who live in close proximity to Stuart, FL
If you do not live close to Stuart, FL
Practicum Student Selection Criteria
The practicum student must meet the following criteria and be approved by Susan Sentell before instruction begins.
Whether the criteria is met should be determined from school records and current testing. Testing results used to select practicum student must be no more than six months old.
For practicum student approval, first do this:
1. Administer the 4th Edition WADE (Wilson Assessment of Decoding and Encoding) and send results via email to Susan, to be used as a screening for student approval.
2. Then, you must administer the WIST (Word Identification and Spelling Test).
3. Your final step is to obtain another standardized, norm-referenced assessment. See options below.
Scores obtained must be within 6 months of your practicum registration. Any one of the following is suggested:
*Only specific subtests are required.
The practicum situation works best when the selected student has a consistent attendance record and does not have overriding emotional or behavioral issues.
4th Edition Materials Required
For individuals registering for WRS Level I Certification or Web-Based Practicum, materials should be ordered independently before or at the time of registration.
Individuals who successfully meet all the requirements receive WRS Level I Certification and are able to:
Participants completing this program may represent themselves as WRS Level I Certified Teachers and are included in Wilson's tutor referral service, but are not qualified as Wilson Trainers. The policy to recommend only WRS Level I or Level II Certified Teachers is the way of assuring the integrity of the program.
Up to nine graduate credits (optional) are available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, upon completion of course requirements. Please see Process for Graduate Credit for details on the WilsonLanguage.com website.
While some teachers with multisensory structured language training have been able to use the WRS program and materials with a degree of success after attending the three day WRS Introductory Course, they are not considered trained in the Wilson Reading System. Only Level I or Level II Certified individuals can represent themselves as Wilson Certified Teachers. This assures the integrity of the program and that it is being implemented with fidelity.
WRS 4th Edition Level I Certification requires completion of a prerequisite Introductory Course, a minimum 65-hour supervised practicum, a 90-hour word study online course, and student pre- and post-testing reports. During the process, each trainee acquires a very sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English and its structure, as well as the use of specific diagnostic techniques in teaching reading and spelling. As part of their training, teachers receive verbal and written feedback, in at least 5 observations, about their lesson planning and delivery of the program over the course of 12 months. This is the only process by which someone can become WRS Certified.
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