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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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

As a high school teacher, I am able to recognize a literacy need early in the school year and can support my students in their literacy adventure. This program has taught me many new strategies to support my student’s reading needs. One student recently said, “I find myself wanting to read because I now know how to read. Thank you Ms. P for teaching me how to read using strategies.” Without the USC reading program, I would not have been able to support my student’s reading needs and he would not find reading fun. Thank you USC reading program for showing me that it is never too late to become a literate individual.

Tina, High School teacher


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