Reading & Literacy Added Authorization

The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization includes a purposeful, developmentally designed sequence of course work and field experience that builds upon the foundational knowledge, skills and competencies developed in the pre-service program. It effectively prepares candidates to teach all students to read and helps candidates understand the challenges of developing literacy among California’s diverse population. Successful candidates will be able to maximize literacy development for all students, especially struggling students, English learners, gifted and talented students, and students with special needs. The courses serve to reinforce the Cal Poly “learn by doing” philosophy. Thus, they are designed to integrate theory and practice with the expectation that in-class academic work will require application of knowledge in real-world settings.   

Candidates accepted into the program may begin taking coursework immediately. But before candidates can be recommended for the Reading Certificate, they must have a teaching credential, have taught for three years, and completed coursework for the Reading Certificate.

Candidates have two options:

1. Reading and Literacy Added Authorization 

2. Reading and Literacy Added Authorization with a Master’s Degree

Courses for Reading Authorization only

Required Literacy Courses — 15 Units

Course

Course Title

Units

ECI 5200

Literacy Assessment & Application to Instruction

3

ECI 5210

Expertise in the Cultural and Socio-Psycholinguistics of Language and Literacy Acquisition

3

ECI 5220

Planning for Literacy Clinics in Diverse Settings

3

ECI 5230

School-Wide Literacy Programs: Leadership & Development

3

ECI 5240 Critical Literacy in Children’s and Adolescent Literature 3
 

Courses for RLAA with a Master’s Degree

I. Required Literacy Courses — 15 Units

Course

Course Title

Units

ECI 5200

Literacy Assessment & Application to Instruction

3

ECI 5210

Expertise in the Cultural and Socio-Psycholinguistics of Language and Literacy Acquisition

3

ECI 5220

Planning for Literacy Clinics in Diverse Settings

3

ECI 5230

School-Wide Literacy Programs: Leadership & Development

3

ECI 5240 Critical Literacy in Children’s and Adolescent Literature 3
 

II. Elective Courses — 3 units minimum

Course

Course Title

Units

Any approved C&I elective (see below)

3

 

III. Required Research Courses — 6 units 

Course Course Title

Units

ERA 5900

Introduction to Graduate Studies

3

ERA 6930 Evaluating, Understanding, & Using Research Methodology 3
 

IV. Choose one of the following to complete your MA program

Course

Course Title

Units

ERA 6950/ ERA 6960 MA Project or MA Thesis 6
 

V. Elective Course Options

Course

Course Title

Units

ECI 5500

Expertise in Curriculum & Instruction

3

ECI 5510

Diversity and Cultural Perspectives

3

ECI 5520

Application of Knowledge to Instructional Models

3

ECI 5530

Leadership in Multicultural Communities of Learners

3

ECI 5290

Seminar in Literacy Studies

3

ECI 5561

Learning and Instruction

3

ECI 5562

Project-Based Learning: Theory and Design 3

ERA 5320

Educational Evaluation and Assessment

3

ERA 5500

Seminar in Educational Issues

3

ERA 5990

Special Topics for Advanced Study

3

ERA 6500

Seminar in Current Issues in Education

3

EMM 5700/L

Alternative Learning Environments

3


Prerequisites for Completing Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

  1. Teaching credential. Multiple-subjects, single-subject, or special education credentials are acceptable.
  2. English Learner Authorization. The EL authorization is included in many teaching credential programs (including CPP).
  3. Basic skills requirement. The basic skills requirement was most likely completed as a requirement of a teaching credential program.
  4. Full-time teaching experience. Before being recommended for the RLAA, a candidate must have completed three years of successful full-time teaching experience in any grades preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit.