WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non‑Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) Online Course

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) online course is included as part of the WRS Level I Certification. It is also offered as a stand-alone course for those interested in learning more about WRS instruction, but who may not have an appropriate student or time to commit to the practicum component of WRS Level I Certification.

For those who have previously completed the WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) and would like to pursue WRS Level I Certification, please contact us for registration information.


This online course with embedded assessments presents in detail the multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction that is required for teaching students beyond grade two with significant word-level deficits who are unresponsive to previous instruction.

The WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) online course provides practical application of reading research, with particular emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics, and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding. It also provides specific procedures to teach the concepts presented in WRS Steps 1-6, including instruction on the following syllable types: closed, vowel-consonant-e, open, and final stable. The course includes additional topics such as diagnostic teaching and differentiating instruction through pacing, high frequency word instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency instruction, dyslexia, listening and reading comprehension strategies, use of differentiated texts, and handwriting.


Individuals interested in this professional learning offering can register online. This registration is for the online course only, without certification.


WRS Introductory Course (completed within the last five years)


90 hours; must be completed within 12 months


Complete all online course modules, including videos, activities, and assigned required reading. Complete each of the nine assessments (Lesson Plan Review, Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Topics I, Step 4, Step 5, Step 6, and Topics II) with a grade of 80% or higher. If pursuing graduate credit, participation is required in six different threaded discussion topics.

Upon Completion

Successful completion of this course, when combined with the WRS Steps 1-6 Practicum, will result in WRS Level I Certification with eligibility for the Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) credential.

Graduate Credit

Up to six graduate credits (optional) are available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, upon completion of course requirements. Please see Process for Graduate Credit for details.

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