Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA)

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The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program prepares individuals to take a leadership role at the school site and emphasizes work with students who experience difficulties with reading. R & L Authorized teachers assist and support other classroom teachers, assess student progress, and monitor student achievement while providing instructional and intervention services. They also play a consultative role in materials and program selection at the district and may take leadership responsibilities at their school site.

The authorization is the first tier of a two-level state license in the area of reading and language arts. Teachers completing the RLAA Program are encouraged to continue to earn the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential.

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.

Added Authorization Prerequisite

Applicants for the Reading Added Authorization must provide verification of a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the completion of the RLAA program. 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. Candidates for the Reading and Language Added Authorization shall possess a valid teaching credential that has an English Language authorization added to it and must have met the basic skills requirement.

EDRL Program Coursework – 15 Units


Integrated investigation of literacy research, theories, beliefs and practices aimed at developing a working understanding and reflective stance for each of these themes through in-depth case studies of English learners. Candidates examine and understand the nature of fluent reading and comprehension, assessment approaches, planning and delivery of reading intervention and instruction, and best practices in assisting classroom teachers of English only and English learners. Focused field experiences and assessment that leads to purposeful reading instruction permeate this block.

  • EDRL 521A Language Development in First and Second Languages (3)
  • EDRL 522 Assessment & Teaching in Reading (3)


Certificate candidates assess and teach public school students in a summer program for literacy improvement and enrichment in a supervised clinical setting. Candidates deepen their knowledge of reading and language arts assessment, intervention and instructional strategies, in collaboration with and under the supervision of clinical faculty, university faculty and Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential candidates.

  • EDRL 527A Clinical Field Experience (3)


Investigation of literacy research, theories, beliefs and practices in teaching reading and writing, designed to produce a professional knowledge base for each of these themes. Candidates develop a comprehensive set of strategies for promoting fluent reading and comprehension, planning and delivery of literature-based reading curriculum, and assessment-based intervention and instruction. Candidates are prepared for literacy and language arts leadership roles at the school level.

  • EDCT 552 Educational Technology (3)
  • EDRL 524 Literature and Literacy (3)