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Literacy Teacher, Literacy Coach, and Literacy Specialist Certifications

The following UofSC courses meet the current South Carolina add-on requirements for Literacy Teacher, Coach, and Specialist Certifications:

Literacy Teacher

South Carolina Add-On Requirements for Literacy Teacher University of South Carolina Course

Foundations of Reading

EDRD 600 – Foundations of Reading Instruction

Or

EDRD 714 – Critical Foundations of Literacy

Assessment Strategies for Reading

EDRD 716 – Foundations of Reading Assessment (includes a literacy practicum experience as required for the add-on certification)

Content Area Reading and Writing

EDRD 730 - Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

Instructional Strategies for Reading

EDRD 715 – Instructional Strategies for Reading

Literacy Coach

In addition to the courses listed for Literacy Teacher, complete the following:

SC Add-On Requirements for Literacy Coach – All courses above PLUS: University of South Carolina Course

Reading Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners

EDRD 797 - Assessment for English Language Learners

Or

EDRD 796 -Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Learners: Theory and Practice

Or

EDRD 798 – Curriculum Design and Materials Development for English Language Learners

Coaching for Literacy Education

EDRD 776 - Coaching within Classrooms: Improving Teaching and Literacy Instruction (includes a literacy coach practicum experience as required for the add-on certification)

Action Research in Literacy Coaching

EDTE 712 - Action Research in Teaching

Literacy Specialist 

In addition to the courses listed for Literacy Teacher and Literacy Coach, complete the following:

SC Add-On Requirements for Literacy Specialist – All courses above PLUS: University of South Carolina Course

Administration and Supervision in Literacy

EDRD 783 - Literacy Leadership and Supervision

Curriculum Development

EDRD 750 – Literacy Curriculum Development

Literacy Research

EDRD 760 – Literacy Research and Inquiry

Additional Educational Leadership

Elective selected by student and advisor.

The South Carolina Department of Education will review course and determine applicability.

If you are considering add on certification as a Literacy Teacher, you might be interested in completing the M.Ed. in Language & Literacy.

In order to gain add-on certification for Literacy Coach, in addition to completing the above course work with a grade of C or better, you must have:

  1. Five years of successful teaching experience;
  2. Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  3. Initial or Professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or PK–12 level;
  4. Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Add-on certification is determined and granted by the South Carolina Department of Education. Prior to beginning coursework, it is recommended that teachers contact the South Carolina Department of Education to determine steps to add-on certification areas. Refer to the South Carolina Guidelines and Requirements for Adding Certification Fields and Endorsements for the most current add-on requirements as they are subject to change.


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