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Literacy Matrix

The Literacy Matrix helps teachers develop the specialized skills and knowledge needed to deliver effective reading instruction.

Our online professional learning system is based on the science of reading and prepares teachers to: 

  • effectively teach reading
  • diagnose reading issues
  • intervene appropriately using research-based strategies

Participants demonstrate evidence of their learning and receive personalized feedback from expert literacy navigators.

    2023 Fall Dates

    October 24, 2023 – May 6, 2024
    Competencies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 available

    Intended Participants

    The Literacy Matrix is available for free to:

    • K-12 educators and coaches in Florida as a pathway to the Reading Endorsement
    • Participation may be contingent upon district approval. Download the pre-enrollment flyer for more information.


    Term A Offerings
    6 weeks

    Term B Offerings
    5 weeks (accelerated)

    October 24 – December 4
    Pre-Enroll by October 13
    November 14 – December 18
    Pre-Enroll by November 3
    December 12 – January 29 (7-weeks)
    Extra week for holidays
    Pre-Enroll by December 1
    January 9 – February 12
    Pre-Enroll by December 30
    February 6 – March 18
    Pre-Enroll by January 26
    February 20 – March 25
    Pre-Enroll by February 9
    March 26 – May 6
    Pre-Enroll by March 15
    April 2 – May 6
    Pre-Enroll by March 22

    Delivery and Duration

    Participants can earn up to 300 hours of professional learning based on their competency needs. Each competency is time-bound and seven weeks in length (six weeks in summer term). 

    • Competency 1: Foundations of Reading Instruction (60 hours)

    • Competency 2: Application of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (60 hours)

    • Competency 3: Foundations and Application of Assessment (60 hours)

    • Competency 4: Foundations and Application of Differentiated Instruction (60 hours)

    • Competency 5: Demonstration of Accomplishment (60 hours)

    Literacy Matrix Infographics

    Stipend Eligibility

    Literacy Matrix Completion Stipend

    A $2,000 completion stipend is available for *eligible instructional personnel (public schools, including charters). To be eligible for the stipend, you must begin Competencies 2-5 with UF Lastinger Center for Learning on or after July 1, 2023, and complete by June 16, 2024, and be employed at a Local Educational Agency (LEA) public school or publicly funded charter school. Additionally, only valid Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Professional Certificate (EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION) holders are eligible to apply for the Reading Endorsement and receive a stipend. If you do not hold a FDOE EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION, you are not eligible for this stipend. 

    Upon successful completion of the Literacy Matrix or Competency 1 of the Literacy Matrix, our Stipends Processing Team will reach out with next steps to complete the stipend application. 

    Literacy Matrix Competency 1 satisfies Elementary Micro-Credential. Learners who successfully complete Competency 1 of the Literacy Matrix on or after July 1, 2023, may be eligible to apply for the Elementary Micro-Credential stipend ($1,000). See website for full eligibility and completion guidelines.

    *Instructional Personnel as defined in s. 1012.01(2), F.S., Public LEA, including Public Charters.

    View stipends and check your eligiblity with our self-check tool on the Stipends Hub.

    Partner with us!

    For more information on bringing the Literacy Matrix to your state or district, contact Language and Literacy Partnerships Manager Jessica Richards at

    Educators can also register for the Literacy Matrix through self-pay, including but not limited to:

    • Any non-Florida public school educator
    • Any private charter school, private school, or homeschool educator 
    • Any Florida public school educator who is not able to register due to lack of seats

    If you want to receive direct communication about our programs, including updates or enrollment notifications, please fill out our Program Interest Form!