WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6)

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) 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 may not have an appropriate student or time to commit to the practicum component of WRS Level I Certification.

Enrollment in the WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) will be on hold December 21, 2017 – July 2018 while we update the course for the new Wilson Reading System 4th Edition.

Would you like to receive notification when registration is available for the revised WRS professional learning?

Note: The WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6), aligned with WRS 3rd edition, is described on this page. Information and requirements may be revised for the 4th edition.


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

The WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) 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, consonant-le. The course includes additional topics on 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.


WRS Introductory Workshop (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 pursing graduate credit, must participate in six different threaded discussion topics.

Upon Completion

Successful completion of this course when combined with the WRS Level I 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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