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Master of Arts in Education
Option in Reading/Language Arts

The Master of Arts degree program in Education with an option in Reading/Language Arts focuses on helping graduate students and teachers become professional reading literacy educators. Students can pursue a master's degree, credential, or added authorization in Reading and Language Arts.

The program is committed to promoting and enhancing the quality of instruction in reading and language arts. Our graduate students learn how to become professionals in the field. Their knowledge base increases as a result of making connections between literacy theory and pedagogy, and they learn how to coach and mentor other teachers in the field of literacy and reading.

Program Format - On Campus or Fully Online

Career Opportunities

  • Literacy coaches in schools
  • Instructor at a community college
  • Educational literacy consultant in private and public settings
  • Diagnostician in reading clinics
  • Resource teachers in schools and community literacy centers
  • Consultant for publishing companies 

Program Options

  • Master of Arts in Education option in Reading/Language Arts (30 units)
  • California Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential (24 units)
  • California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (Certificate) (15 units)

Student can earn the credential and authorization simultaneously while seeking the Master of Arts degree.

*Graduates interested in the Credential or Authorization must possess a Multiple Subject State of California Teaching Credential upon program completion. 

Master of Arts in Education
option in Reading/Language Arts

Student have the option of choosing a project, a thesis, or a comprehensive exam for their culminating experience. However, students seeking the credential must choose the comprehensive exam. 

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

** ERE 153. Educational Statistics
(3 UNITS)

Methods of describing, analyzing, and interpreting data; statistical methods including correlation, regression, t-tests, 1 and 2-way ANOVA designs, and chi-square. Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

                                                **Prerequisite to ERE 220

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

The first of two supervised field work courses required for the Reading Specialist Credential. Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

ERE 220. Research in Education
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: ERE 153. Seminar in education research methodology; library resources; critiquing data collection, analyses, interpretation in research articles; writing research papers; for elementary adn secondary teaching, early childhood, reading, administration, counseling, special education, related fields

Semester 4 - Spring

LEE 244. Research for Reading Professionals
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: LEE 213, LEE 215, LEE 278, and permission of instructor. Study of past and current research in reading related to instructional issues; planning and analysis of curricula in light of current re search; application of research skills.

ERE 288. Educational Measurement and Program Evaluation (3 UNITS)

Procedures and issues involved in the measurement and evaluation of educational programs; planning, etc. Applications in educational settings are emphasized

Semester 5 - Fall

Pathway Option 1
(LEE 234, LEE 254, and Comprehensive Exam)

LEE 234. Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: LEE 224. Clinical experiences in the supervised application of principles learned in LEE 224. Emphasis on individual and small group evaluation and instructional procedures. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Instructional materials fee, $10)

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

Comprehensive Exam (0 Units)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220. See Criteria for Comprehensive Exam in the Blackboard Graduate Student Organizatio Site. The comprehensive exam consists of 10 questions of which 5 questions will be randomly provided; however, graduate students will choose 3 of the five to respond to. Pass or Retake. Approved for RP grading.

Pathway Option 2
(LEE 298A or LEE 299 and LEE 254)

LEE 298A. Project Literacy
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. A project consists of a significant undertaking appropriate to education. An approved proposal is required for enrollment. Approved for RP grading.

LEE 299. Thesis
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220 and completion of an acceptable thesis proposal. See [-LINK-]. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis proposal. See criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

Online Program Option

  • Developed for Working Professionals
    • Only need to be logged in during live sessions, complete the rest of the class at your own pace
  • One Class at a Time
    • Take one class every 8 weeks, 2 classes in a semester 
  • Technology Support
    • Blackboard and/or Google Classroom support embedded into the program
       

California Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential (Advanced Credential)

Graduate students can also earn a Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential (24 units). The mission of the Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential is to prepare teachers to develop an advanced understanding of the process through which students learn to read and write.  Candidates will learn about the normal developmental process ranging from basic literacy skills in emergent/early readers to more advanced literacy skills required by adolescent and adult readers in content and subject matter disciplines. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a valid basic teaching license and have completed three years of teaching experience by the time the credential is awarded.

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

The first of two supervised field work courses required for the Reading Specialist Credential. Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Semester 4 - Spring

LEE 244. Research for Reading Professionals
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: LEE 213, LEE 215, LEE 278, and permission of instructor. Study of past and current research in reading related to instructional issues; planning and analysis of curricula in light of current re search; application of research skills.

Semester 5 - Fall

LEE 234. Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: LEE 224. Clinical experiences in the supervised application of principles learned in LEE 224. Emphasis on individual and small group evaluation and instructional procedures. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Instructional materials fee, $10)

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

 
California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization

The California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (15 units) is for those individuals wanting to advance their ability to teach all students to read and understand the challenges of developing literacy among California’s diverse populations.work with students and teachers at various school sites. The mission of the Reading/Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to be fluid in making curricular decisions about teaching reading and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a basic teaching credential.

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)


Apply Today

Program enrollment is every Fall. Application deadline is August 1, 2018 for our Fall 2018, Cohort 8.