Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential


Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential

Dr. Imelda Basurto, Coordinator
Education Building, Room 250D

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Program Description. Reading and Language Arts graduate courses are designed to help teachers learn how to make curricular decisions about teaching reading and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds. Students pursuing a degree or credential in Reading and Language Arts also learn to inspire other teachers to upgrade the reading/language abilities of students through demonstrations of effective reading strategies. Graduates will be qualified to plan, organize, and develop reading programs for schools.

Admission Requirements. In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education Program section of this catalog, admission to the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential program requires the following:

  1. Evidence of possession of a basic teaching credential (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist credentials).
  2. Evidence of having met the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Minimum 2.75 GPA

Program Requirements. Under the direction of the Reading Program Coordinator, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:

  1. Course Requirements:
    LEE 213, LEE 214, LEE 215, LEE 224, LEE 230, LEE 234, LEE 244, LEE 254, LEE 278 (27 units)
  2. Experience: Completion of two semesters supervised field experience (LEE 230 and LEE 254) and three years of successful teaching experience at any grade level (K-12).

Total (27 units)


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