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Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Education

Option in Reading/Language Arts (code EDELMA06)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Reading/Language Arts (33-36 units) is designed for experienced classroom teachers who want to pursue in-depth study of issues related to reading and language arts education. The program provides educators with the theoretical and professional knowledge necessary to develop innovative, research-based reading and language arts curricula and to instill the leadership skills necessary for successful reading program implementation for all students, including English language learners. Visit the program website for program details (


The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. A minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid elementary or secondary teaching credential.
  • 4. CLAD/CTEL certification is strongly recommended
  • 5. For international students whose primary language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.
The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor ( One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Reading/Language Arts program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 2. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  • 4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


1. Take all of the following (27 units; please contact the program advisor prior to beginning coursework):

  • EDRG 540 Advanced Studies in Literacy (3)
  • EDRG 543 Integration of Technology in Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • EDRG 544 Foundations of Literacy Research (3)
  • EDRG 551 Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDRG 554 Reading/Language Arts Curriculum: Leadership and Supervision (3)
  • EDRG 556 Theoretical Processes and Models of Reading (3)
  • EDRG 558 Language Study for Reading Teachers (3)
  • EDRG 559 Practicum in Teaching Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • EDRG 651 Advanced Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading/Language Arts (3)

2. Take one of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor (3-6 units):

  • Comprehensive Examination and EDRG 695 (3 units), or
  • Thesis and EDRG 698 (6 units)

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