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.


People are saying

The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program supports teachers in guiding students towards successful literacy development. It helps teachers build the knowledge base they need to understand their  students as unique readers and writers with the potential to reach high levels of literacy development. Teachers learn to diagnose the needs of their students in literacy and build the content and pedagogical knowledge they need to guide diverse students in literacy to academic success.

Eugenia Mora-Flores – Professor of Clinical Education


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