Courses within Literacy Education prepare teachers to assist other teachers and administrators in creating literacy programs that promote not only the learning of reading and writing, but also the learning of subject matter across the curriculum. Candidates earn one or more of the following: 1) Reading and Literacy Added Authorization from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2) Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and/or 3)the MA in Reading, Language, and Literacy.
The RLAA and RLLSC provide advanced preparation in reading/language arts assessment and instruction, clinical and field experience, as well as a strong foundation in theory and research in the teaching of reading and writing in the preK-12 educational system. Coursework prepares candidates to work within diverse settings and to maximize learning for diverse student populations. In this way candidates will be prepared for many different assignments, including preventing reading difficulties, working with struggling readers, and helping English learners attain success in the development of their literacy strategies.
Candidates seeking the RLAA and/or RLLSC must hold a valid teaching credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and have 3 years of full-time teaching experience by the end of the program before they are recommended for the RLAA and/or RLLS credentials. The teaching experience cannot include student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching on an emergency permit or credential. Full-time teaching is defined as four hours per day for 75% of the school year. The California 2042 teaching credential includes the authorization to teach English learners. Candidates who do not possess a California 2042 credential must show that they have completed the authorization to teach English learners through the CLAD or another approved mechanism from the CTC.
This fully-online program is run through Extended Learning.