Reading and Literacy 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?

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 understand:

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

Madeleine Mejia

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The USC Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program has been designed using the school’s guiding framework composed of four pillars: Learning, Diversity, Accountability and Leadership. We make sure that our program prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a reading expert. We create small and diverse cohorts and though customized coaching and feedback, we addresses your needs as an educator and the diverse needs of your students. We practice accountability, for you as the participant, for us as the instructors, and for your students as the consumers of the instruction and curriculum you create. Finally, we deliver a program that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a leader in reading instruction who can create a meaningful and lasting impact in students’ lives, in schools’ cultures, and in districts’ initiatives.

Madeleine Mejia – Program Director


We appreciate your interest in the USC Rossier School of Education.

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