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The Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential is an advanced credential above and beyond the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education teaching credential. For those who qualify, this 45 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 Language Arts Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to be a K-12 Reading Specialist at the school, district, or county office of education level. The California Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to be a school site Reading Specialist 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.
This program fulfills the requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the International Reading Association's Guidelines for Reading Specialists and the State of California requirements for the Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential. Since this program is NCATE approved, graduates may be able to take advantage of interstate reciprocity to many states within the US; contact receiving state department of education for more information. Since this Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential program is so closely linked to the Master of Arts: Option in (K-14) Reading, and the California Reading Certificate, and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate programs, with careful planning, students can earn all four (4) concurrently. (See Graduate Reading Programs Advisor for more information.)