Wilson Reading System®(WRS) 
Level I Certification

The Wilson Reading System® (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 WRS 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), 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.


WRS Introductory Course (completed within the last five years).

Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field

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Individuals have 12 months from the date of enrollment to complete the online course and practicum. If site-based, participants are encouraged to complete certification within the school year.

For more details, visit: WRS Level I Certification description

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Delivery Options

For individuals

  • In-Person Practicum is offered at our Orland Park location, dependent on trainer availability.

  • Web-Based Practicum is appropriate for tech-savvy participants.

For schools or districts

  • Schools and districts considering or currently implementing the Wilson Reading System may be interested in certifying a group of their educators. Contact us to explore the development of a literacy plan to achieve success and sustainability.



Please review the WRS Level I Certification description prior to registration, as the commitment is considerable. It is highly recommended that you have a practicum student in mind who appears to fit the selection criteria.

If you are interested in pursuing certification, please contact us.

Participants completing this certification program may represent themselves as WRS Level I Certified Teachers, but are not qualified as Wilson® Credentialed Trainers. Wilson Level I Certificate holders earn the recognition of Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) and must re-credential every five years to maintain the W.D.P. recognition.