The UURC offers a variety of professional learning in the

Wilson Reading System® (WRS)

The following courses are available to educators:

WRS Introductory Course (3 days; see flyer).

  • Reservations are closed for a spot for the August 24,25,26, 2021 course.
        Reservations are closed for a spot for the September 8,9,10 2021 course.
  • Tuition must be received by the UURC before a spot is guaranteed/held.

WRS Level I Certification fulfills the Tier III practicum requirement of the USBE Reading Interventionist Endorsement.
For more information on the Reading Interventionist Endorsement go to:

WRS Level I Certification Course (a year-long practicum).

  • The WRS Introductory Course is a prerequisite for Level I Certification Course.
  • This course has a practicum course fee ($350) with UURC scholarship.
  • Funded through donations from the UURC, George. S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the Crawford Family Foundation.
  • See the flyer.
  • Review the syllabus for the WRS Level I Certification Course.
Complete application for a 2021-2022 scholarship.

(Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted at the beginning of January 2022.)

WRS Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction Course

  • Complete reservation form to reserve a spot for the October 5, 6, 7, 2021 course.
  • Tuition must be received by the UURC before a spot is guaranteed/held.

Advanced Wilson Reading Systems® Courses (WRS Level II Certification

  • Individuals that have successully completed WRS Level I Certification and have a Bachelor's degree in Education or related field are eligible to register for Advanced Wilson Reading System courses (WRS Level II Certification).The course taught by the UURC is by invitation only.
    • Review the syllabus for the WRS Level II (Steps 7-12) Practicum.
    • Review the syllabus for the WRS Group Mastery Practicum. (Completion of this practicum is considered fulfillment of the Tier II practicum requirement if applying for the USBE Reading Interventionist Endorsement.)
    • Funded through donations from the UURC, George. S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the Crawford Family Foundation.
    • Attendance at the WRS Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction Course is a pre-requisite for the WRS Group Mastery Practicum but is also beneficial as a stand-alone course. We welcome educators to attend the course who are currently participating in a WRS Level I practicum during the 2020-2021 school year and any who have previously certified in WRS Level I.
    • Dates: Tuesday, October 5 - Thursday, October 7, 2021 Time: 8:30 - 3:30 Cost: $375.00 Please contact Michele Blake if you have questions about the course.

WRS Overview:

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) authored by Barbara A. Wilson and published by Wilson Language Training® Corporation, is a remedial program based on reading research and Orton-Gillingham principles. WRS is appropriate for students who have difficulty with the word level in the areas of decoding and spelling. WRS has proven to be effective with severely dyslexic students as well as mildly disabled readers with a language-based learning disability.

WRS compensates for student retrieval issues and builds student self-reliance by incorporating support tools and strategies such as questioning/cueing for error correction and developing a student notebook. WRS uses criterion-based assessments built into the program to measure student progress and success.

Materials for Implementation:

  • WRS Introductory Set (Steps 1-6), 4th Edition, which includes (Instructor Manual Steps 1-6, Student Readers Steps 1-6, Rules Notebook, Student Notebook, Dictation Book, Sampling of Steps 1-6 Word Cards, High Frequency Words, Word Element & Syllable Cards, Magnetic Journal & Magnetic Tiles, Letter-Sound Cards, WADE Assessment, End of Step Assessment Materials), one set per educator
    *Visit Wilson Language Training's online store at for current item prices. For ordering assistance contact WLT Customer Support at 800.899.8454. Item#: W4INTROSET, ISBN# 978-1-56778-648-4.)
  • Access to the Word Identification and Spelling Test (*WIST), available from Wilson Language Training® or ProEd. Although copies of the WIST are available for loan from the UURC, we recommend that if you are a significant driving distance from Murray you purchase at least one WIST kit for your district or school.
  • Web-based only - flexible document camera. Examples include:
    • HUE. Approx. $100. Can be purchased from Hue HD or Amazon (price and availability subject to change).
    • IPEVO High Definition USB Document Camera. Approx. $100. Can be purchased from
    • *These are only intended as suggestions. Other stores may also have similar cameras.

4th Edition - Wilson Reading System®

The WRS 4th Edition builds on over 30 years of proven success and provides teachers with explicit guidance and resources in word structure, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Wilson 4th Edition Materials

What's New & Enhanced in the 4th Edition?

The WRS 4th Edition has been updated extensively. The WRS 4th Edition must be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training. For questions and further information, please call Wilson Language Training Customer Support Center at 800.899.8454 (available Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm ET).
With this new edition, teacher and student resources incorporate all the research-based best practices that have been a part of WRS teacher professional learning courses for many years.

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The International Dyslexia Association® (IDA) has accredited Wilson Language Training® and
Wilson® Accredited Partners.
This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the
IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

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of the Wilson Language Training® Corporation.