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Supplementary Authorization in Introductory English

Offered by UCR University Extension Professional Studies


Add a Supplementary Authorization to your existing credential and give yourself a competitive edge in your field. In a matter of just four courses, you will learn everything you need in order to teach English curriculum designed for grades 9 and below. Open the door to more opportunity by diversifying the areas in which you are able to teach.

This program is not NCLB compliant; additional units are needed to meet the federal regulation requirements for subject matter competency. The 16-quarter units earned in the Supplementary Authorization in Introductory English can be applied toward the NCLB compliant Subject Matter Authorization. If you are interested in becoming NCLB compliant, or your employer requires it, please visit our webpage for the Subject Matter Authorization in English.

This authorization can be added to any of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials: Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary or Standard Secondary.

Designed For

Teachers holding a valid Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary or Standard Secondary Teaching Credential who are interested in teaching English in K-9th grade.

What You'll Learn

  • Advanced writing that integrates literature and vocabulary usage
  • Multiple paragraph compositions with analogies, paraphrasing, points of view and transitions
  • Classic works of American literature
  • Grammar, parts of speech and principles of standard sentence structure

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Earning the Certificate

To get started, you only need to register for the courses. You can also take the courses in any order. If you would like to qualify for the early enrollment discount, please register by the date indicated online. Students are allowed to enroll up to the first day of the courses, however, you will not receive the early enrollment discount and the course may be full. We recommend enrolling as soon as possible to ensure a seat.

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. One of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials:
    1. Multiple Subject
    2. Single Subject
    3. Standard Elementary
    4. Standard Secondary
    5. Special Secondary
  3. Please note that there is no application required to begin taking courses toward the Authorization, however, we recommend that you apply by the first course if you would like UCR to assist with the filing of CTC paperwork at the completion of the required courses. You can apply, free of charge.

Completion Requirements

Upon program completion:

CTC Notice

The final decision regarding an applicant's academic eligibility for an Authorization will be determined by CTC staff when the documentation is submitted and the application is evaluated.

  • Successful completion of 16 units (4 courses) with a grade of C or better. Required courses include:
    • ENGL X410.6A
    • ENGL X410.59
    • ENGL X410.6B
    • ENGL X425.01
    • The candidate may request the assistance of UCR Extension to file the appropriate paperwork with the CTC or the candidate may apply on their own to the CTC.
    • If the candidate would like UCR to assist, please complete the online “Completion Verification” application. Please note, a university $75 "credential filing fee" will apply.
    • Upon verification by Student Services that all requirements have been met, the Credentials Office will mail the required CTC paperwork to the candidate’s home address in 10 business days. Please complete the application and mail back to the Credentials Office with a $100 check or money order made out to “CTC”. At this time, the CTC does not accept online applications.
    • Upon receipt, the Credentials Office will process the paperwork. A (C19) letter is then emailed and mailed to the candidate as verification of completion.
    • CTC can take up to six months (50 business days) to process paper applications. Please review CTC's website to verify issuance. The candidate will not receive a document in the mail as the CTC has gone completely paperless.

Course Schedule

Title Enrollment
English Composition and Sentence Structure (4.00 units)
ENGL X410.59
Advanced Composition for Educators - Part I (4.00 units)
ENGL X410.6A
Advanced Composition for Educators, Part II (4.00 units)
ENGL X410.6B
Classic American Literature (4.00 units)
ENGL X425.01