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Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (formerly Reading Certificate)

 Are you an educator who wants to enhance your knowledge and skills?

The Reading Certificate program at SDSU is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The program is intended to improve K-12 classroom teacher and community college instructor expertise for literacy instruction from emergent through adolescence and adult levels. SDSU offers the Reading Certificate both through traditional, face-to-face instruction during the fall and winter semesters, and as an online-only, distance education program completed in two summers. Prospective students should check the SDSU Graduate Admissions webpage for information on application deadlines. GRE scores are not required for admission to the Reading Certificate program.

  • The 13-unit program addresses direct instruction in specific skills and strategies; formal and informal literacy assessment; knowledge about reading and writing across content areas; the role of writing in learning; and student motivation and engagement through reading, writing, and discussion. Graduates of the program are better prepared to teach reading and writing effectively to diverse students.

  • To be eligible to apply for the Reading Certificate from the CCTC after completion of coursework, the candidate must also have a clear California teaching credential and a minimum of 3 years of full-time K-12 teaching experience. The three years of teaching experience may be accrued during or after completion of courses for the Certificate.

  • Students admitted to the MA in Teaching program can choose to complete the Reading Certificate as their area of concentration. Courses for the Reading Certificate may also be applied to the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential and MA in Reading Education programs at SDSU. 


Required Courses:

  • TE 635 Assessment of Reading and Language Arts (3)
  • TE 530 Children's/Adolescent Literature (3)
  • TE 637 Instructional Strategies for Reading and Language Arts (4)
  • TE 639 Language and Literacy (3) or TE 677 Research-Based Pedagogy for Diverse Learners (3)


Please contact Dr. Marva Cappello for further information.

To learn more visit the SDSU World Campus website.




Reading Certificate Admissions page

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