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Online Master of Arts in Teaching:
Language Arts Summer Only Program

GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

This 30-unit program is a unique, summer-only (2 summers) Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Language Arts for teachers in grades K-12 with a focus on current knowledge in Reading and Language Arts.



  • Complete in 2 summers
  • Completely online
  • Designed for schedules of traditional and year-round teachers
  • 3 courses in literacy theory, research and practice each summer
  • Mostly asynchronous with synchronous class meetings in the evenings
  • Attend virtual conference of international literacy experts each summer
  • We have 40 years of experience


Video: Program Overview


42nd Annual SDSU Reading and Language Arts Virtual Conference

MAT students attend a week-long virtual conference each summer. For more than 40 years, this conference has drawn international speakers to discuss current issues in children's and adolescent literacy and state-of-the-art instructional strategies. The conference is a course and other courses do not meet during this week.

Summer 2021 Conference Dates: June 21–June 25, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Course Sequence

To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree, students must complete 30 units in 2 summers. Receive up to 6 units of credit for credential course work completed in the past 4 years.

Summer 2021 Course Dates: May 24–July 2

Summer 1 

  • TE 638, Reading Conference, 3 units
  • TE 600, Curriculum Development in Education, 3 units
  • TE 677, Research Based Pedagogy for Diverse Learners, 3 units
  • TE 693, Measuring & Assessing Student Achievement, 3 units

Summer 2

  • TE 638, Reading Conference, 3 units
  • TE 530, Children’s Literature, 3 units
  • TE 630, Seminar in Literacy & Lang Arts focus in Writing, 3 units
  • TE 779, Action Research in K-12 Learning Environments, 3 units

Upcoming Information Session

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 5:00–6:00 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Dates

Summer 2021 Course Dates: May 24–July 2

Summer 2021 Virtual Conference Dates: June 21–June 25, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Next Info Session: January 26, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Cal State Apply Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

How to Apply

Only 1 application is required for Summer 2021 applicants.  All required questions and information are now included int he Cal State Apply application. You will complete the Fall 2021 application even though the program starts in Summer.

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Contact Us 

For more information contact:

Melanie Falkenberg, 

Dr. Marva Cappello,

Dr. Diane Lapp,