Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program

Academic Course (University Credit)

The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program will prepare classroom teachers who are holding a valid California teaching credential (Multiple Subject Credential, Single Subject Credential, or Education Specialist) to become a more effective and reflective literacy teacher and literacy leader (e.g., a literacy coach) in their school. The entire program consists of five 3-unit courses that cover 1) literacy instruction and assessment, 2) literacy instruction across content areas, 3) literacy instruction for English language learners and struggling students, 4) integrating technology to enhance literacy instruction, and 5) connections between literacy theory, research, and practices. Addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and STEM content areas within the context of literacy instruction will be focused across all five courses.

  • Teachers who wish to earn the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization at the completion of the program, and who meet the following requirements:
    • hold a valid California Multiple, Single, or Education Specialist credential; and who have completed a professional preparation program including student teaching.
    • hold a valid clear, full-time designated subject teaching credential, and have met the basic skills requirement (ex: CBEST or other CTC-approved route)
    • hold a valid English Learner Authorization (required prior to the completion of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program).
  • Teachers in a community college or other educational setting who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching reading and writing, and teaching literacy across content areas for diverse groups of students.
  • Teachers who aim to teach reading and writing across the curriculum and with an integration of technology.
  • Teachers who aim to become more skillful at implementing CCSS and NGSS and integrating STEM content areas.
  • Teachers who aim to become critical consumers of research, and become skillful at making a connection between research, theory, and practices.
  • Classes are held online and are self-paced.
  • The program is scheduled during two consecutive Summer semesters and one Winter session:
    • 1st Summer Semester (2 courses)
    • 1st Winter Session (1 course)
    • 2nd Summer Semester (2 courses)
  • Program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • At the completion of the program, participants can apply for Reading and Literacy Added Authorization from California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.*

*Prior to the recommendation of Reading and Literacy Added Authorization, the candidate will need to establish a file in the Credential Center at the College of Education, and submit verification of the information below:

  • Valid Teaching Credential (requiring a bachelor's degree and a professional preparation program, including student teaching; OR a Clear full-time designated subject (requiring a bachelor's degree)
  • Met the Basic Skills Requirement (ex. CBEST or other CTC-approved route)
  • Possess an English Learner Authorization
  • Provide verification of three years of successful, full-time teaching experience
  • CSULB Credential Candidates must open a file with the College of Education Credential Center. Learn more at https://www.csulb.edu/college-of-education/credential-center/files-and-applications/open-a-credential-center-file
  • EDRG 551: Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3 units)
    • How to implement diagnostic teaching based on students’ needs within the context of addressing curricular standards.
    • How to evaluate the instructional context to maximize support for student learning.
    • How to plan differentiated instruction for English learners, struggling readers and writers, and students with special needs.
  • EDRG 540: Advanced Studies in Literacy (3 units)
    • How to read, understand, synthesize, and critique research studies.
    • How to understand and implement instructional implications from research studies.
    • How to communicate with colleagues instructional implications from research studies.
  • EDRG 543: Integration of Technology into Reading/Language Arts (3 units)
    • How to use technological tools to enhance reading and writing instruction and to teach literacy across curriculum.
    • How to evaluate and implement electronic resources.
    • How to work with colleagues to make technology integration supportive of addressing curricular standards and STEM content areas.
  • EDRG 559: Practicum in Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3 units)
    • How to diagnose strengths and needs of struggling students, develop and implement models and approaches of intervention, and reflect on students’ performance to improve the intervention.
    • How to engage in peer coaching as a way to support peers’ teaching and to reflect on one’s own teaching.
    • How to assume the professional roles and responsibilities of the reading/language arts professional.
  • EDRG 558: Language Study for Reading Teachers (3 units)
    • How to develop the English linguistic knowledge and apply such knowledge in reading and writing instruction (e.g., vocabulary, spelling, writing).
    • How to diagnose students’ strengths and needs in English linguistic knowledge.
    • How to explore language use in society and integrate it into literacy instruction.

For Teachers Admitted to the Program for Summer 2020 Cohort:

EDRG 543: Integration of Technology into Reading/Language Arts (3 units)

  • Date: December 20, 2020-January 15, 2021 (There will be a holiday break)
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 558: Language Study for Reading Teachers (3 units)

  • Date: May 24-June 30, 2021
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 559: Practicum in Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3 units)

  • Date: May 24-June 30, 2021
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307per unit

For Teachers Admitted to the Program for Summer 2021 Cohort:

EDRG 540: Advanced Studies in Literacy (3 units)

  • Date: May 24 – June 30, 2021
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 551: Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3 units)

  • Date: May 24 – June 30, 2021
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 543: Integration of Technology into Reading/Language Arts (3 units)

  • Date: December, 2021-January, 2022 (There will be a holiday break)
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 558: Language Study for Reading Teachers (3 units)

  • Date: May-June, 2022
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307 per unit

EDRG 559: Practicum in Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3 units)

  • Date: May-June, 2022
  • Place: Asynchronous, Online
  • Fee: $307per unit

NOTE:  After you have been accepted to the Program, the Program Coordinator will contact you to provide details regarding course registration.