Reading Specialist Cred.

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC)

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The Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential is the second tier of a two-level state license in the area of reading and language arts. This program prepares individuals to work with students in various settings and to perform multiple roles at the district or school level, including assisting and supporting classroom teachers in appropriate assessment and instruction of reading and writing for all students across all grade levels.

The R/LL Specialist may also

  • Provide direct services to students to help them attain independence in reading and writing
  • Do demonstration teaching and curriculum planning for groups and individuals
  • Organize and manage language arts programs
  • Assess teaching strategies to assist teachers in creating a literacy learning environment
  • Provide leadership in materials, textbook, and program selection
  • Plan and conduct in-service professional development activities for teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and members of the community

NOTE: Students who wish to pursue an MA degree AND a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and/or a Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential may complete programs concurrently.

Program Prerequisite

All Reading and Literacy Added Authorization courses (15 units)

Specialist Credential Prerequisite

Applicants for the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential must provide verification of a minimum of three years of teaching experience. You may enter this licensure program with less experience, but you must have completed three years by the time you submit your application to the state.

EDRL Program Coursework – 15 Units


Continued investigation of literacy research, theories, beliefs and practices aimed at developing thorough understanding and a reflective stance for each theme. Candidates examine and critique research-based curricular practices and assessment approaches in professional literature and field settings.

  • 523 Curriculum Development for Literacy (3)
  • 529 Evaluation in Reading & Language Arts Programs (3)
  • Reading and Writing Workshop — Summer

    Specialist Credential candidates supervise RL Added Authorization candidates in assessment and intervention strategies with public school students of diverse reading abilities and backgrounds. Specialist candidates also demonstrate effective teaching of struggling readers, conduct clinical conferences, review clinical reports, and monitor overall clinical experiences under supervision of university faculty.

    • 527B Advanced Clinical Field Experience (3)


    Advanced and intensive investigation of literacy research, theories, beliefs and practices. All coursework and field experiences are aimed at articulating a professional knowledge base for each theme. Candidates critique research into reading and writing for diverse student populations, conduct their own literacy studies and focused field experiences to hone their leadership skills for assisting classroom teachers and other educational professionals with literacy education.

    • 507 Research in Language and Literacy (3)
    • 525 Leadership & Policy in Literacy Programs (3)