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The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Reading, is for PreK-Community College level teachers who wish to further their expertise in the teaching of K-12 Reading and Language Arts. This program fulfills the requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, as well as the International Reading Association's Guidelines for Reading Specialists. Completing a Master of Arts Degree automatically moves public school classroom teachers to the next step on their salary schedule. With this MA degree, graduates are also qualified to teach reading classes at the community college level. This MA program is closely linked to the Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential, the California Reading Certificate, and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate programs.
The California Reading Certificate is an advanced State of California issued added authorization certificate above and beyond the Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Special Education teaching credential. It authorizes the holder to develop and implement reading curriculum, adapt reading content curriculum, and assist classroom teachers at a single school site in California at the grade levels authorized by his/her basic teaching credential.
The Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential is an advanced credential above and beyond the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education teaching credential. For those who qualify, this 30 unit Specialist Credential program automatically also fulfills requirements for 3 other CSLA graduate reading programs: the M.A in Education: Option in Reading, the California Reading Certificate, and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate programs. The Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to be a PreK-12 Reading Specialist at the school, district, or county office of education level. The California Reading and Literacy added authorization Certificate authorizes the holder to be a school site Reading Specialist or interventionist at the grade levels authorized by his/her basic teaching credential. The CSULA Postsecondary Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to teach reading courses at the Community College level.
The CSULA Postsecondary Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to teach reading courses at the Community College level. With careful planning, students can earn an M.A. in Education: Option in Reading, and/or a Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential, and/or a California Reading Certificate concurrently. Consult either of the Graduate Reading Programs Coordinators for additional information. This program requires a minimum of 22-23 units.