WRS Level I Certification with Web-Based Practicum

Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I Certification involves online coursework and web-based practicum observations with a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer. Participants should be comfortable with the use of computers.


Please review the WRS Level I Certification information, Web-Based Practicum requirements, and technical requirements 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.

Please note that capacity for this option is limited, dependent on trainer availability.

If you are interested in pursuing online certification, you may register online.

Requirements for Web-Based Practicum

The online certification option requires completion of specific activities to support the web-based training model. These activities are in addition to the regular WRS Level I Certification requirements. Individuals have 12 months from the date of enrollment to complete the online course and practicum.

  • Complete Technology Walkthrough Appointment with assigned Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.
  • Be observed five times teaching the practicum student via web-conferencing software designated by Wilson Language Training. Each observation is scheduled with the Wilson® Credentialed Trainer and lasts approximately 60-75 minutes.
  • Submit all required paperwork associated with observation appointments as outlined in the Web-based Practicum Observation Checklists

Technical Requirements for Online Observations

For web-based observations, participants must have a computer system with speakers, an external webcam, and microphone functionality (through computer or integrated into webcam). The computer system must meet the following specifications:

External Webcam Hue HD Webcams are recommended and can be purchased from www.huehd.com.
Cameras that are integrated into laptops do not serve the needs of online observations.
CPU 1 GHz processor minimum, 1.5 GHz processor recommended
Memory 512 MB RAM
Operating System Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1; MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher
Disk Space 50 MB minimum required for installation; additional space recommended
Connection USB 2.0 or 3.0 recommended (USB 1.1 compatible)
Resolution 800 x 600 Supported; 1024 x 768 or higher recommended
Video/Sound Card 16 bit or higher; DirectX 9.0 or higher required


These requirements represent minimum specifications provided by the current web-conferencing software designated by Wilson Language Training and are subject to change.