Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

Under the new Common Core State Standards, teachers must be able to help students use “complex and varied” texts to learn how to access and understand information. Are you prepared?

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

  • apply the progression of reading and writing development in your instruction
  • analyze data from diagnostic tools to determine students’ reading and writing needs, and
  • create and teach lessons to address students’ identified reading and writing 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.

Coursework Examples

  • Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities
  • Remediation of Reading Disabilities

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Your classroom will be used as a lab-site as you work with two students from two different grade levels and who have a reading need. Your work will be completed in a one-to-one setting throughout the duration of the program.

People are saying

The USC Reading and Literacy Authorization coursework that I took last year was a challenge worth taking! As a reading specialist at my elementary school, I have been empowered by the excellent training and real-life application of reading and writing assessments and instruction for struggling readers. The knowledge and expertise gained from these courses have better prepared me to make informed decisions about instructional practices to use with our neediest students in the classroom, in our literacy lab, and at Student Study Team meetings. The recommended textbooks from my classes have been valuable resources that I look to again and again for advice and direction, not only for myself, but also for other staff members who seek reading, writing and English learner intervention ideas. I would highly recommend the USC Reading and Literacy Authorization program for any teacher who wants to grow in their expertise and knowledge of teaching reading and writing.

Arlene C. Jones, Reading Specialist


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