Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (Online)

Program Overview

The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program will prepare classroom teachers to become a more effective and reflective literacy teacher and literacy leader (e.g., a literacy coach) in their school.

The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program is offered at College of  Professional and International Education (CPaCE).

The program consists of five 3-unit graduate-level courses that focus on explicit, systematic instruction, assessment, and intervention in foundational and high-level literacy skills and that promote a commitment to scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. Specifically, the courses cover 1) literacy instruction, assessment and data analysis; 2) literacy instruction across content areas; 3) literacy instruction for English language learners, struggling students, and students with dyslexia; 4) integrating traditional and emerging technology tools to enhance literacy instruction for all students, and 5) connects among literacy theories, research, practices, and reflection. Addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), English Language Development Standards (ELD), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and STEM content areas within the context of literacy instruction will be focused across all five courses.  

Special Features and Benefits

  • Classes are held online and are self-paced.
  • The program is scheduled during two consecutive summer semesters, and one fall and spring semester: 1st sum­mer semester (2 courses), the fall semester (1 course), the spring semester (1 course), and 2nd summer semester (1 course).
  • Program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
  • For more information about Reading and Literacy Added Authorization, please refer to the CTC's Adding Authorizations or Teaching Areas Requirements

Who Should Apply

  • Teachers, who wish to earn the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization at the completion of the program,
    • hold a valid California Multiple, Single, or Education Specialist credential and who have completed a professional preparation program including student teaching.
    • hold a valid clear, full-time designated subjects teaching credential, and have met the basic skills requirement (ex: CBEST or or other CTC approved route)
    • hold a valid English Learner Authorization (required prior to the completion of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program)
  • Teachers in a community college or in an educational setting who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills of teaching reading and writing, and teaching literacy across content areas. 
  • Teachers who aim to teach reading and writing across the curriculum and with an integration of technology.
  • Teachers who aim to become critical consumers of research, and become skillful at making a connection between research, theory, and practices.