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Literacy Coach Certification

The following University of South Carolina courses meet the current South Carolina add-on requirements for Literacy Coach Certification:

South Carolina Add-On Requirements for Literacy Coach University of South Carolina Course
Foundations of Reading EDRD 600 – Foundations of Reading Instruction
Assessment Strategies for Reading EDRD 716 – Foundations of Reading Assessment
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
Reading Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners EDRD 797 - Assessment for English Language Learners
Coaching for Literacy Education EDRD 719 - Developing and Guiding the Reading Program
Action Research in Literacy Coaching EDTE 712 - Action Research in Teaching


If you are considering add on certification as a Literacy Coach, 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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