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Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention Certificate (ILLI)

This graduate certificate program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in language and literacy intervention to gain and apply knowledge about research, theory and practice across a variety of relevant disciplines. Prospective language and literacy specialists venturing into today’s school environments would benefit from an understanding of leadership, teaching and learning theory, research, and effective practice across the broad range of disciplines involved in interventions. Successful interventionists require many tools to teach, as well as the skills to know when and how to apply those tools. These skills come from a critical, reflective understanding of the research and theory, as well as a complex problem-solving approach to assessment and instruction. The 16-credit certificate program is multi-disciplinary, drawing upon current coursework in Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Exceptional Education in the School of Education, as well as courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average. An application of intent must be filed with the certificate program coordinator. Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate program must complete the UW System online admission application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying.

Students must earn a minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM. Sixteen credits are required as indicated below:

Credits and Courses
Required Core Courses: (3 credits)
EdPsy 748/Linguistics 748 Oral Language, Cognition, and Literacy

Language and Literacy Intervention Electives (12 credits from the following):
Communication Disorders (ComSDis)
The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Literacy (2 credits)
Independent Study - Application of Theory to Learning Activities (1 credit)
Curriculum and Instruction (CurrIns)
Developing Biliteracy (3 credits)
University of Wisconsin System Reading Research Symposium (3 credits)
&  648
Early Reading Empowerment, Part 1 (3 credits)
Early Reading Empowerment, Part 2 (3 credits)
Taken sequentially
Reading Assessment and Instruction with Practicum: K-12, Part I (3 credits)
Reading Assessment and Instruction with Practicum, K-12: Part II (3 credits)
Seminar in Developmental Reading: (with the topic of “Current Trends in Literacy”) (3 credits)
Guiding and Directing School Reading Programs K-12 (3 credits)
UWM Writing Project: Teachers as Writers (3 credits)
UWM Writing Project: Teacher Leadership in Writing (3 credits)
Educational Psychology (EdPsy)
Alternative Assessment and Academic Interventions (3 credits)
Current Topics in Educational Psychology: (with the topic of “Self-Regulation Assessment and Interventions”) (3 credits)
Social, Psychological, and Biological Basis of Learning Disorders (3 credits)
Exceptional Education (ExcEduc)
Advanced Methods in Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
Linguistics (Linguis)
Issues in Bilingualism (3 credits)
Other courses upon approval of the Certificate Director

Required Core Capstone Course: (1 credit)
ILLI Capstone — Independent Study with advisor

The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion (i.e., once all grades for the certificate courses taken at UWM are officially recorded and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more) of the certificate program requirements. Certificate completion will be posted on a student’s official transcript.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred to count toward the certificate program’s 16-credit requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the five courses that constitute the certificate, and was completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better. The Certificate Committee will make such determinations, and its decision is final.

Articulation with UWM graduate degree programs

No more than 50% of the credits required for the certificate may count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements.

Time Limit

Students must complete all courses for the certificate within 3 years from the date of initial enrollment in the certificate program.

For more information or to apply for the certificate program, contact the program coordinator.

Page last updated on: 01/29/2014