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Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential

TheReading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to provide the following services as a reading specialist in any grade level K-12, or in classes organized for adults:

  • Assist and support the classroom teacher in reading instruction and teaching strategies
  • Select and adapt reading instruction materials; plan and conduct reading staff development
  • Assess student progress and monitor student achievement in reading
  • Provide direct reading intervention work with students
  • Develop and coordinate reading programs at the school, district, or county level

Information for All Candidates

California Prepared Candidates

Out-of-State Prepared Candidates

Out-of-Country Prepared Candidates

  • The requirements for individuals prepared outside of the U.S. may be found on Commission leaflet Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential. If you do not meet the criteria for out-of-state prepared applicants, you will need to contact a California college or university with a Commission-approved professional preparation program, securing their formal recommendation for the credential.

  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation [PDF]

Additional Resources


Updated July 5, 2016