Reading and Literacy and Added Authorization

Under the new Common Core State Standards, teachers must help students use “complex and varied” texts to learn reading comprehension. Are you prepared to do so?

The USC Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program is designed to help you become a reading expert.  The knowledge and skills that you will gain will help you understand:

  • the progression of reading development
  • the diagnostic tools to determine students’ reading needs, and
  • the appropriate teaching practices and approaches to address students’ identified reading needs.

With these skills, you will be well prepared to help your students develop into proficient and advanced readers and writers.

USC Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program (Added Authorization) is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Reading Certificate

Curriculum Overview

The program’s courses have been created specifically for a working professional. These courses have immediate practical application to the classroom setting.

Sample Courses

  • Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities
  • Remediation of Reading Disabilities

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Fieldwork

Your classroom will be used as a lab-site as you work with a student diagnosed with a reading need in a one-to-one setting throughout the duration of the program.

People are saying

Throughout this program, I learned new strategies to implement in my classroom. I changed the structure of my language arts to reflect a five-block literacy model. I also began teaching with explicit instruction and used think-alouds to support my students’ metacognitive skills. The most significant difference in my teaching was learning how to diagnose, properly diagnose reading needs and devise targeted instruction to remediate these needs. I now offer a more holistic literacy program and I can witness the benefits in my students’ progress.

Orapin, Kindergarten teacher

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