Masters of Arts in Education Option in Reading

Welcome to the M.A. in Education Option in Reading

Masters of Arts in Education options in Reading

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward

This program is not open for Fall 2020 admissions.

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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 experience 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 Literacy Association's Guidelines for Reading Specialists. Completing a Master of Arts Degree automatically provides public school classroom teachers with more expertise and knowledge & employment options for leadership positions/salary. 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 & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential, the Reading & Literacy Added Authorization, and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate programs. With careful planning, students can earn all four (4) graduate reading programs concurrently:  the M.A in Education: Option in Reading; the Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential; the Reading & Literacy Added Authorization; and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate. (See the Graduate Reading Programs Coordinators  for more information.) Contact Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Program Coordinator at for more information.

As graduates of the Master of Arts in Education, Option in (PreK-Community College Level) Reading PROGRAM, one may find work as:

  • Reading and Language Arts teachers at the Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level
  • Reading and Language Arts Specialists in public charter and private schools
  • Developers of Reading and Language Arts curriculum
  • Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialists at the County Office of Education and/or the School District Office
  • Educators within informal non-academic environments such as reading tutoring clinics, museums, and zoos.
  • Providers of professional development and in-service workshops in Reading and Language Arts.
  • Authors of Reading and Language Arts textbooks and articles
  • Reading and Language Arts consultants for publishing companies or school districts, etc.

Program Outcomes:

Students will: 

  • Develop a deeper understanding of current issues, practices and directions in Reading and Language Arts curriculum.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in educational research.
  • Develop analysis and reflection skills for written and oral communication.
  • Identify and analyze topics of importance in current educational conversations and debates for critical issues related to Reading and Language Arts.
  • Deepen their opportunities for commitment to their students and their students’ learning of literacy.
  • Improve their ability to manage and assess their students’ Reading and Language Arts learning.
  • Augment their capacity to think reflectively about their teaching practices.
  • Increase their capacity to become an agent of change in the field of Reading and Language Arts education.
Student Testimonials
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The Masters in the Reading Program has enhanced my understanding in learning about reading and writing assessment and instruction. I have developed a deeper understanding of students’ reading and writing abilities. I am now able to critically analyze my instruction, develop lessons that differentiate instruction for all of my students including students with special needs and English Language Learners and develop appropriate intervention strategies that target the students’ areas of need. Overall, the program has prepared me with current best teaching practices to become a highly effective advocate and educational leader for my students and my school.

- Robert Calderon, Graduate Student, Cal State L.A.



​Masters of Arts in Education Option in Reading