Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification

Wilson Level 1 Certification male teacher and two female students

Course Description

Wilson Reading System® Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader 

Steps 1-6 Online Course with Steps 1-6 Practicum 

This online course presents, in detail, the multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction that is required for teaching students in grade two and beyond with significant world-level deficits who are unresponsive to previous instruction (due to dyslexia and/or other characteristics that indicate the need for intensive, multisensory instruction. 


  • Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course (completed within the last five years).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field.

Audience: Special educators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, tutors, and reading interventionists
Mode: Online via Zoom.  All sessions are synchronous.

Duration: 90 hours; this course generally spans one academic year and must be completed within 12 months. Participants need to have a minimum of two (2) full lessons per week (90 minutes each lesson). 

Time: Online, there is a ½ day workshop and five additional implementation meetings that must be completed along with the full online course. 

Course Number:  TBD  CRN: TBD 
Cost: $2,700


Next Level I Certification course starting August 2024

Register here to get on the waitlist 

Registration deadline:  Upcoming sections TBD

Please Note

  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay for your course. The registration may take 24-48 hours to process.
  • You are required to pay within 48 hours of receiving your course payment email. Not paying for a course does not constitute a withdrawal from the course. You may withdraw prior to the start of a course. Once a course starts, you are not eligible for a refund.

Additional Information

  • WRS Introductory Set (Steps 1-6), 4th edition, containing instructor and student materials.
  • WIST (Word Identification and Spelling Test) for student testing.
  • Complete a comprehensive online course: WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6).
  • Conduct 1:1 WRS instruction with a practicum student for a minimum of 65 lessons with a lesson plan written for each lesson. Students must meet selection criteria and be approved by the assigned Wilson® Credentialed Trainer. Instruction must be with WRS 4th Edition materials. 
  • Be observed five times teaching the practicum student. Each observation is scheduled with the Wilson® Credentialed Trainer and lasts approximately 60-75 minutes.
  • Submit a pretesting report on the practicum student, including educational history and current test results.
  • Develop a Teacher Binder and Student Portfolio and compile student’s written work in accordance with WLT program standards.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the WRS Lesson Plan procedures (documented and approved by Wilson® Credentialed Trainer).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of language concepts through accurate teaching with multisensory procedures.
  • Demonstrate student mastery of reading, spelling, fluency, and comprehension.
  • Conduct pre- and post testing with two norm-referenced tests, one being the Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST), and submit posttest data with practicum student final report after a minimum of 65 lessons and achievement of WRS Substep 4.2.

The practicum student must meet the following criteria and be approved by Wilson Language Training before instruction begins.

  • In or entering grades 4-12 (grade 3 approved if student has been retained).
  • Overall cognitive ability in average range (minimum IQ = 80).
  • Overall reading must be ranked in the 5th to 30th percentile with a minimum total reading score of grade 2.0.
  • Student’s listening comprehension ability is higher than independent reading comprehension.
  • Student has poor decoding and spelling skills.
  • Student must be available to be scheduled for a minimum of three to four 45-minute lessons or two to three 60-90 minute lessons per week (1:1).
  • The practicum student must not have any previous Wilson instruction.
  • Additional details can be found here on the Wilson website.

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

Graduate credit: Nine (9) graduate credits available upon successful completion of courses for an additional fee. See the Registrar’s webpage for more details.

Once participants successfully complete Level 1 training they may move on to Level 2 training the following academic year. 

Marjorie Edwards CPS Wilson Reading

Marjorie Edwards has an M.S. in Education and has worked in the field of education for over 35 years. She has been a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer since 2004. After beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Marjorie has gone on to specialize in reading and literacy, transitioning to positions as a reading specialist. Since then, she has worked as a lead teacher / coordinator for a Title 1 early intervention program, an Implementation Facilitator for Massachusetts Reading First, and a district reading coach. Currently, Marjorie is a Trainer for Wilson Language Training®.

Deb Larkin CPS Wilson Instructor headshot

Debra Larkin, Focused Instructional Coach/In-District WRS Trainer For the Worcester Public Schools
After graduating from Fitchburg State University with a BS in Special Education, I began my career in the Worcester Public Schools at South High School and West Tatnuck Elementary School as a Learning Disabilities Specialist 31 years ago. It was at South High that I earned my Level I certification in the Wilson Reading System. I then earned my first masters in Education at Cambridge College. I continued to work in the Learning Disabilities Department at North High, The ALL School, Forest Grove Middle School (Learning Disabilities Classroom), Burncoat High School and Worcester Technical High School. I applied to the WELLTR Program and was accepted to complete my second masters in ESL for certification. I completed my Level II training for the Wilson Reading System and became a Wilson Reading System In-District Trainer for the Worcester Public Schools 8 years ago.

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