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UCI Division of Continuing Education’s online Reading Certificate Program is designed to help credentialed teachers meet local, state, and federal requirements that ensure that all pupils have fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in reading. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) serves as the approving agency and issuer of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA).

The Reading Certificate Program also serves the needs of community college instructors, teachers outside of California, and others in the field that require knowledge in the area of reading education but do not meet the requirements of the CTC-issued certificate.

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What are the requirements to earn the UCI Division of Continuing Education-issued Reading Certificate?

If you do not meet the requirements for CTC-issued certification (such as teaching at a community college, teaching out of state, or working in a private industry), you may still earn a UCI Division of Continuing Education-issued Reading Certificate. To earn the UCI Division of Continuing Education digital certificate, you must complete all the coursework required for the CTC Certificate, including the Practicum. Participants in the UCI Division of Continuing Education-issued Certificate program have a wider variety of options for the Practicum experience. For example:

  • Out-of-state public or private K-12 schools
  • Postsecondary/community college classrooms
  • Private tutoring groups
  • Adult Education classrooms
  • Classes you are teaching overseas

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EDUC X300.71
Promoting a Culture of Literacy (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.71
  Online   to be scheduled
EDUC X300.72
Foundations in Fluency (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.72
Online   to be scheduled  
EDUC X300.73
Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.73
  Online   to be scheduled
EDUC X300.74
Balanced Literacy and Strategy Instruction (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.74
Online   to be scheduled  
EDUC X300.75
21st Century Literacy (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.75
Online   to be scheduled  
EDUC X300.76
Reading Practicum (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.76
Online Online   to be scheduled

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jan 21 Apr 22 Jul 15 Oct 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 29 Jun 21 Sep 20 Jan 3
Courses End* (week of) Jun 7 Sep 7 Dec 13 Mar 14
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6 Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21

*Actual dates may vary by program.


What are the requirements to begin the CTC-issued Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) program?

  • Possess a valid clear California teaching credential
  • Possess an English learner authorization
  • Complete a minimum of three years of full-time service in public schools or private schools at the time of recommendation for the Reading Certificate
  • Access to a classroom and site-based supervisor nominated by the candidate and approved by the University Mentor to participate in Education X300.76 Reading Practicum

To be recommended to the Commission, you must have access to a K-12 learning environment at the time you are enrolled in Education X300.76 to complete the Practicum requirement. You must identify and work with individuals and/or small groups of students at both early (PreK-3) and intermediate (4th grade and up) levels of literacy acquisition. The learning environment need not be your own. Examples of an acceptable practicum experience include—but are not limited to:

  • A colleague’s classroom in your district or in another district
  • An afterschool reading program sponsored by a school district
  • Special learning environments, such as those established by grants or that are part of institutes or laboratories

How do I apply to the CTC-issued Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) program?

It is recommended that you apply to the program prior to beginning coursework. Enrollment does not constitute admission to the program. Your completion requirements are based upon when you are admitted to the program, not when you began taking coursework.

The application packet includes the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of valid California teaching credential or credentials
  • Copy of English learner authorization
  • Copy of basic skills requirement
  • Official verification of at least three years of successful employment on a valid California teaching credential
  • Statement of Intent

Visit our application website to complete the application form and to submit the required documents stated above. Please DO NOT include your full social security number in the application documents and submit the required documents in PDF format. Further details regarding the application process may be found in the Student Handbook.

How do I apply to UCI Division of Continuing Education-issued Reading Certificate program?

Download the application form. Submit the Application Form and Statement of Intent to or mail to UCI Division of Continuing Education, Education Programs, PO Box 6050, Irvine, CA 92616-6050. Further details regarding the application process may be found in the Student Handbook.

How much does it cost?

Each online course is $525, making the total cost of tuition $3,150.

What courses are required for the program?

Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Reading Certificate consists of 6 online courses totaling 18 credit units. All coursework must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

Is there a required sequence of courses?

Although there is not a required sequence of courses, all other coursework in the program must be completed before enrolling in EDUC X300.76 Reading Practicum. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

Advisory Board/Instructor Committee

  • Lesley Clear, Lecturer, UCI Division of Continuing Education
  • Jennifer De Anda, Program Development Director, Riverside USD
  • Young-Suk Kim, Professor, UCI School of Education
  • Marina Michalski, Teacher, Anaheim Union High SD
  • Alysia Odipo, Former Assistant Superintendent, Laguna Beach USD
  • Dana Riggs, Academic Coach for Literacy, La Habra City SD
  • Tina Witmer, Educational Consultant, Ascend Leadership & Learning, LLC.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.