Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

Added Authorization: For Current California teachers with a valid California preliminary/clear teaching credential and three years of successful teaching experience.


If you are a credentialed teacher, this 12-unit added authorization will give you specialized certification to teach reading in the Pre-K-12 setting.

If you have a passion for helping above-average or struggling readers, this authorization can prepare you to help both groups more effectively. The program follows an explicit philosophy and purpose based on current, confirmed, replicable, and reliable research in literacy as referenced in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (Volume 1) and the California Reading/Language Arts Framework.

You may complete the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization on its own or as part of a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in leadership in learning. Upon successful completion of all coursework, you may apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization. You must have completed three years of successful K-12 teaching at the time of submission to CTC for this added authorization.

Applicants for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization must have a valid California preliminary/clear teaching credential and three years of successful teaching experience.

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Application Information

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Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2021 Quad II – October 25, 2021

  • Summer 2022  Quad I – May 9, 2022

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall 2021 Quad II – September 27, 2021
    All returning & exceptions students - September 13, 2021

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad. Check with your enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's education program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit an online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (If you are a PLNU alumnus, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the PLNU Office of Records.)

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
  3. Submit a personal essay, 2-3 pages in length and double spaced, that addresses the following topics:
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years.
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals.
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools.
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  4. Provide two professional recommendations. You will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  5. For credential seekers only: Submit basic skills exam (CBEST or equivalent) scores. This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam
    • OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination
    • OR CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination
    • OR providing proof of a valid California teaching credential

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*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination that PLNU is approved to conduct educational activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in certain states and U.S. Territories. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Territories. 

Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends contacting PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.

Professional Licensure or Certification

This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets the requirements for educator certification in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in teacher credentialing is available on this website

For more information on State Authorization and Program Licensure, please refer to our disclosures page.

Career Opportunities

This program is ideal for:

  • Experienced teachers who work with students with special needs and English learners, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
  • Experienced teachers seeking educational and salary advancement
  • Newly credentialed teachers, who can complete the coursework and add this authorization after three years of experience
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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What added authorizations does PLNU offer?

There are seven added authorizations for special education: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Other Health Impaired (OHI), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Adaptive Physical Education (APE), Orthopedic Impairment (OI), and Emotional Disturbance (ED).

How many units does an added authorization in special education require?

There are nine units total for the added authorizations: GED 656 Shared Leadership, Legislation, and Due Process (two units) AND GED 650 Universal Access: Equity for All Students (three units) OR GED 622 Advanced Special Education Assessment and Analysis of Behavior (three units) AND AASE Methods course for the specific authorization (four units).

Is the program offered entirely online?

Yes, but some added authorizations require fieldwork. Contact an enrollment counselor for more details.

How long does an added authorization program take?

Completion of the added authorization depends on when the methodology coursework is being offered. Not all methodology courses are offered in every quad. Most students can complete the nine units required within a single year, if not sooner.

Course List


Graduation Requirements

GED 6028 - Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning


This course provides candidates the additional preparation they need to be fluent, critical users of technology, able to provide a relevant education to those who seek life-long learning in an information-based, interactive society. Candidates make appropriate and efficient use of software applications and related media to access and evaluate information, analyze and solve problems, and communicate ideas in order to maximize the instructional process. The use of technology supports teaching and learning regardless of individual learning style, socioeconomic background, culture, ethnicity, or geographic location. Candidates integrate technology-related tools into the educational experience of students, including those with special needs.

GED 6028P - Instructional Technology Project


This technology project course provides candidates the opportunity to make appropriate and efficient use of software applications and related media using content learned in GED 6028.  Using technology resources and guidance of the instructor, candidates will access and evaluate information, analyze and solve problems, and communicate ideas in order to maximize the instructional process. Credit/No Credit.

Project must be related to K-12 student reading and literacy.

GED 6096 - Advanced Research-Based Literacy Instruction for all Students


This course explores research and best practices related to systematic literacy development at all grade levels and the curriculum to address the specific needs of diverse groups of students. Candidates will learn components of research-based literacy instruction, including oral language development, word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, listening and reading comprehension, and written language development. Emphasis is given to strengthening skills in aligning State Standards, contents of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (Volume 1) and the California Reading/Language Arts Framework, and assessment results with the selection and appropriate use of instructional strategies, materials and programs.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) Program.

GED 6097 - Advanced Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for all Students


This course teaches candidates how to implement, manage, and evaluate explicit instruction of comprehension strategies and study strategies, literary response and analysis skills, and all components of the writing process. Candidates focus on providing universal access to narrative and expository texts (including content area textbooks and multicultural literature). Emphasis is given to creating a culture of literacy by aligning State Standards and assessment results with the selection and appropriate use of instructional programs, intervention strategies, and appropriate materials based on current research in literacy.  Candidates will have a concurrent experience in a PreK-12 fieldwork setting in order to complete assignments and apply their skills.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) Program.

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