Master of Arts in Education

Reading and Literacy Education

Overview of the Program

The School of Education offers three graduate programs in Reading and Language—an M.A. degree and two programs leading to state licensure:

  1. Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Reading and Language
  2. Reading and Literacy Added Authorization
  3. Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential This program is on hiatus as of Fall 2018. For questions, please contact Dr. Rhianna Casesa at

All courses in the two state-approved licensure programs may be applied to the MA degree.

Program Description:

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Reading and Language Masters Degree

This program is designed to prepare teachers for specialized teaching of reading and language arts to diverse populations of students and for curriculum and instructional leadership in the field of language and literacy. Required coursework focuses on the nature of literacy development at all levels, research and theory in teaching reading and writing, and the improvement of classroom curriculum and methods that emphasize the relationship of literacy to language and concept learning.

NOTE: Students who wish to pursue an MA degree AND a Reading Certificate and/or a Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential may complete programs concurrently.

Program Concentration Coursework – 30-36 Units

Reading/Language Core (9 units in EDRL courses)

521A Language Development in First and Second Languages (3)

522 Assessment & Teaching in Reading (3)

524 Literature and Literacy (3)

Electives (9 units)

Supportive coursework may include Reading Certificate courses or study in other approved areas such as English as a second language, curriculum, early childhood education, the arts.