Viterbo Literacy Coaching Certification

Viterbo Definition of a Literacy Coach

A Viterbo University literacy coach is a reading specialist who is trained to provide explicit professional development to teachers in a variety of situations. Coaching is educator-centered in that a coach uses demonstration, observation, and engaged conversations related to specific teacher beliefs and classroom practices. Theoretically, within the constructivist view of teaching, the coach facilitates conversations with the educator within his/her “zone of proximal development.” The ultimate goal is to foster teacher growth and independent reflection that supports optimum learning for all students.

Criteria for Admission

  • Master’s degree in education
  • Reading Teacher License (Wisconsin 316; equivalent from other states)
  • Reading Specialist License (Wisconsin 17; equivalent from other states)
  • Three years of successful regular (non-substitute) classroom teaching


Location: Viterbo sites in Green Bay, La Crosse, and Milwaukee (on a rotating basis)


  • This is a nine (9) credit program, with six (6) credit hours of coursework and three (3) credit hours of practicum.
  • Coursework includes six (6) credits in Systems, Literacy Processes, and Coaching Relationships
  • Practicum
    • Three (3) credits, two (2) site visits, -submission of a case study
    • Performed in one’s own school district with permission of administration
    • May have up to two academic years to complete
    • Submit a case study documenting -competence in the stated goals and -objectives of the certification program
    • Two (2) site visits by the Literacy Coaching faculty

Timeline: Schedule for Summer 2009 institute

  • Section I: July 7, 8, 9, 2009; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Section II: July 20, 21, 22, 23, 2009; 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Section III: August 4, 5, 6, 2009; 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Location: La Crosse, Wis.


Viterbo graduate programs, including the Reading Licensure program, are accredited by both the North Central Association of Colleges (NCA) and the Schools of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All Programs are approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

For more information contact:   

Linda Hinkley at (608)796-3090   

To register call: 1-800-234-8721       
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