The governing board of any school district maintaining elementary schools, in order to provide reading instruction under the provisions of this chapter, may appoint any elementary school teacher to a reading specialist position if the appointee has met the following minimum requirements:
(a) Holds a Reading Specialist Credential issued pursuant to Section 44265 or a Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist Certificate.
(b) Has completed three years as a successful teacher in any of grades 1 to 6, inclusive.
(c) Is fully credentialed by the state to teach in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 6, inclusive.
(d) Successfully completed the following college or university courses:
(1) A basic course in the teaching of elementary school reading.
(2) A basic course in the teaching of elementary school language.
(3) A basic course in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities.
(4) A course in directed clinical practice in the remediation of reading disabilities. The course may be concurrent with the first year as a reading specialist.
The requirements specified in subdivision (d) are not applicable to reading specialists with valid reading specialist credentials issued pursuant to Section 44265, or Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist Certificates issued prior to September 29, 1983.
(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 482, Sec. 18.)