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The Reading Certificate program will be discontinued and new applications will no longer be accepted after Spring 2022. New Spring 2022 and current candidates in either the CTC-approved Reading and Literacy Added Authorization or UCI Continuing Education’s Reading Certificate must complete all coursework requirements by the end of Spring quarter of 2023.



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
EDUC X300.72
Foundations in Fluency (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.72
EDUC X300.73
Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.73
EDUC X300.74
Balanced Literacy and Strategy Instruction (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.74
EDUC X300.75
21st Century Literacy (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.75
EDUC X300.76
Reading Practicum (3.00 Units)
EDUC X300.76
Online Online    

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 20 Jan 19 Apr 20 Jul 13
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 3 Mar 27 Jun 20 Sep 25
Courses End* (week of) Mar 13 Jun 5 Sep 5 Dec 11
Administrative Holidays Dec 22-31, Jan 1-3, Jan 16, Feb 20 Mar 31, May 29 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 4 Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2

*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 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, it is recommended to complete EDUC X300.72 Foundations in Fluency prior to enrolling EDUC X300.73 Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention. It is required that all other coursework in the program 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, Senior Associate Dean, UCI School of Education
  • Alysia Odipo, Former Assistant Superintendent, Laguna Beach USD
  • Marina Wetrosky, Teacher, Anaheim Union High SD
  • Tina Witmer, Educational Consultant, Ascend Leadership & Learning, LLC

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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.