Wilson Reading System® Certification


This credential equips teachers with the knowledge and skills critical to providing intensive support for students with a language-based learning disability, as well as those not making sufficient progress in an intervention setting.

About These Certifications

WRS Level I Certification prepares teachers to use the program with individual students. WRS Level II Certification concentrates on advanced concepts of the structure of the English language and on successfully delivering the program to groups of students. WRS Certification training is rigorous and focused: When implemented in a school or district setting, certified educators develop a supportive community to share practices and information. Depending on their role, WRS-certified educators may also coordinate program scheduling and material ordering for the district. WRS-certified teachers support implementation with the fidelity that is so important for effective results.

Acquired Competencies

Educators who complete WRS Certification are able to:

  • Utilize a very sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology).
  • Implement specific diagnostic techniques in the teaching of reading and spelling to an individual with a significant reading disability.
  • Demonstrate explicit teaching of fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

WRS Level I Certification

The WRS 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 for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1–6) online course and the web-based WRS Steps 1–6 Practicum.

A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and their ability to apply them in the classroom. 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), the rules that govern English spellings (orthography), 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.

Completion of WRS Level I Certification makes one eligible to receive the professional credential of Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.).

Steps and Requirements

Before participating, individuals must have completed the WRS Introductory Course within the last five years. They must also possess a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field. Enrollees must then complete a comprehensive online course — WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1–6) — as well as a one-on-one, 65-lesson practicum with a student. A Wilson Credentialed Trainer must observe five of these lessons. If all requirements are finished within 12 months from their date of enrollment, the individual will earn their WRS Level I certification. (Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals may be granted extra time to complete these requirements.)

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The 4th Edition Institute

The Wilson Reading System 4th Edition Institute provides teachers with in-depth, hands-on professional learning focused on Steps 1–6 of the program.

WRS Level II Certification

Individuals who have completed Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I Certification may seek WRS Level II Certification. This advanced coursework further develops theoretical and practical understanding of WRS. Four courses, spread across two distinct tracks, bolster educators’ skills in implementing structured multisensory language instruction and teaching students advanced levels of decoding and encoding. The tracks may be completed in either order or during the same period of time. Availability of appropriate practicum students may help determine which option is best for your situation. Successful completion of all four advanced courses results in WRS Level II Certification and eligibility to receive the Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) professional credential. However, this does not qualify one as a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.

Steps and Requirements

The first of the WRS Level II Certification’s tracks focuses on successful implementation of the program in small-group settings. It includes a pair of courses: the WRS Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction Course and the WRS Group Mastery Practicum. The second track comprises instructing students in advanced levels of decoding and encoding, and includes our WRS Advanced Word Study: Online Course (Steps 7-12) and WRS Steps 7-12 Practicum. Each track takes about 15 months to complete, and may either be taken simultaneously or consecutively. (Prospective recipients may be given more time to complete these tracks, given the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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