Scholastic RED Professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators

PLEASE NOTE: Register for graduate credit only after you have started your online course. All participants must register within 10 days of starting their course in order to qualify for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit
Collaboration between Scholastic RED and the University of San Diego (accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) allows educators to register to receive graduate credit from the University of San Diego. Credit hours per course are listed on the table below. Credits may be transferred to a degree program but participants should first consult with the degree-granting organization for this permission. Credits are generally used for teacher certification and/or salary enhancement purposes.

Graduate Credit Costs
Course tuition ($65/credit hour; 3 units of credit) $195
Course tuition ($65/credit hour; 2 units of credit) $130
No application or registration fees  

Course Requirements
  • Participate in all required online sessions.
  • No writing assignments are required.
  • Upon completion of the Scholastic RED course, send a copy of your RED Course Record to the University of San Diego.

To send a copy of your RED Course Record, log into Scholastic RED with your username and password. From the Scholastic RED Homepage, click the My Course Record button on the left side of the page. Click the Email My RED Course Record link and follow the instructions. Be sure to check the box for the University of San Diego.

Your score on the Course Review (the end-of-course assessment) will determine your final grade. If the final exam is failed, no credit will be granted.

The grading criteria are:

A 18-20
B 16-17
C 14-15
D 12-13
F 11 and below

Upon completion of each course a cumulative transcript listing all courses completed with the University of San Diego is provided automatically at no charge. Additional transcripts can be requested online for a $5 fee.

Online Registration


Scholastic RED offers several online professional development programs in collaboration with the University of San Diego. Currently, participants can earn either two or three graduate units of credit, depending on the specific course. USD expects participants to invest 15 hours for each credit earned by studying, testing, reflecting, and implementing ideas contained in the lessons. With this in mind, we anticipate it would require a minimum of five weeks of study and participation to complete each course.

USD's policy is to release transcripts within 48 hours of receiving a score from Scholastic RED, but in no case will the transcript be released before the five-week restriction has elapsed. Both Scholastic and USD are intent on assuring that the learner is able to maximize the ideas gained by meaningful involvement in the program. By registering for credit, participants agree to the expectations indicated above. Finally, participants must register within 10 days of starting their Scholastic RED course and complete the course in no more than 15 weeks. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Jim Olivero at

To register, go to this secure online registration site by clicking on or cutting and pasting the link below to your browser:

You will need the following information to complete the registration form:

Instructor: Dr. Jim Olivero
Class contact for grade: Dr. Jim Olivero
Full course title and number: Select from the following options. Include full title and number.

Course Title Course Number Credit Hours
6 Traits: Building a Foundation for Writing 511MN 3
6 Traits: Assessing and Teaching Writing 521ST 3
Developing Foundations for Early Childhood Success 511LZ 3
Putting Reading First in Your Classroom 511LC 3
Building Fluency 511LG 3
Improving Fluency 511LH 3
Guided Reading: Making It Work in Your Classroom 511LQ 3
Building Foundational Skills: Phonics, Word Study, and Comprehension 596TA 3
Exploring the Lexile Framework for Reading 511LB 3
Building Decoding Skills and Strategies 511LI 3
Improving Decoding Skills and Strategies 511LJ 3
Improving Reading Comprehension 511LD 3
Middle School Literacy: Improving Text Comprehension 511LE 3
High School Literacy: Comprehension Through Active, Strategic Reading 511LF 3
READ 180: Making It Work in Your Classroom 511LK 3
READ 180: Best Practices for Reading Intervention 511LN 3
ReadAbout: Improving Nonfiction Reading Comprehension 511LY 3
Zip Zoom English: Reading Success for English Language Learners 511LX 3
Reading Success for English Language Learners 511LO 3
Building Vocabulary for Reading Success 511LP 3
Strategies for Teaching Striving Readers: A Course for All Secondary Teachers 511LV 3
Supporting Secondary Teachers in Literacy Instruction: A Course for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches 511LW 2
Leading a Literacy-Focused School: A Course for Middle and High School Principals 511LU 2

Location of class: Enter the city and state where the course is being taken.

Class date(s): Enter the “current date” in the field requesting class dates.
(Note: The course start date will be the date you register for the course with the University of San Diego. You must register for graduate credit within 10 days of logging in to Scholastic RED and beginning the course. The course end date is 90-days after the course start date.)

Fees: Select the button for 2 semester units of credit ($130) or 3 semester units of credit ($195) depending on the credit hours indicated for your course in the chart above.

Complete the remainder of the form and confirm your registration information. Then, click on the "Continue to Final Payment Page." Your registration is not complete until you receive a web page that displays your Payment Receipt. Please print this page for your records. If you provided a correct e-mail address, the system will send you payment verification upon successful completion of your registration and a registration verification number beginning with the letter “V.”
If you have questions, comments or concerns about your registration with the University of San Diego, send an email to Dr. James L. Olivero for a prompt response:

Graduate Credit for Scholastic RED Professional Development Courses
Effective professional development requires that teachers reflect on their learning and refine their teaching based on that reflection. Teachers enrolled in Scholastic RED courses study and apply the research-based components of effective reading instruction and reading strategies. Over a period of several weeks, teachers implement and refine these strategies as they work towards transforming their online coursework into classroom practice.

Participants applying for graduate credit for RED courses must adhere to the following requirements:
  • Scholastic RED participants will be allowed to enroll in and earn graduate credit for only two Scholastic RED courses per semester/quarter (corresponding to university Fall (September-December), Winter/Spring (January-May), and Summer (June-August) semesters/quarters).
  • Each RED course must be completed in no fewer than 5 weeks and no more than 15 weeks.
  • Participants must register for graduate credit within 10 days of logging-in to their Scholastic RED course.
Graduate credit requirements and policies may vary by university. Check with the university where you are applying for graduate credit to ensure that you meet its requirements.