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Online Reading and Literacy Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Reading & Literacy Education
  • Reading & Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA)
  • Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC) 
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 Dr. Katie Sciurba.

Program Description

The MA in Reading & Literacy Education degree, Reading & Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA), and Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC) programs are designed to increase understandings, knowledge, and skills for those who are or wish to become reading/language arts specialists in public or private schools, clinics, and at community colleges. Our programs are also ideal for elementary and secondary teachers who plan to remain in the classroom but who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical understandings about the teaching of reading and language arts. Candidates are prepared to teach, tutor, develop curriculum, offer in-service instruction, and direct reading centers for students ranging from Pre-K through community college. The MA in Reading & Literacy Education degree is most often earned concurrently with the RLAA and RLLSC.

This program is the only one at SDSU that allows students to earn the RLAA or Pre K-12 RLLSC from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing either alone or in combination with the MA in Reading Education. 

San Diego State University Literacy Center Residency Information

Each of our programs (the RLAA, the RLLSC, and the MA) provides extensive, collaborative, and supervised clinical experiences through the SDSU Literacy Center, working directly with K-12 students in the local community (City Heights). All Reading & Literacy graduate students will have the option to work with Literacy Center students virtually or in person (contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions) during the Spring semester each year. The degree and/or certificate option you pursue will depend upon your educational and professional background, as well as your future career plans.

Reading & Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) – 13 units, 12 month program

The RLAA provides additional expertise and authorization in literacy instruction, preparing you to teach literacy in the classroom more effectively and to assume additional roles at the school level in literacy leadership. The RLAA program can be completed in 12 consecutive months - beginning in Summer sessions and continuing through the Fall and Spring semesters.

Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC) – 25 units, 15 month program

The RLLSC program is a Pre-K to adolescent (and higher) teaching credential. The RLLSC prepares teachers to be effective literacy instructors, as well as to assume leadership roles in the presentation of professional development, literacy coaching, and literacy program assessment and curricula. The RLLSC program can be completed in 15 consecutive months - beginning in Summer sessions and continuing through the Fall, Spring, and second Summer semesters.  

Combined Master of Arts in Reading & Literacy Education and RLAA/RLLSC – 31 units, 15 month program

The combined MA in Reading & Literacy Education and RLAA/RLLSC program is appropriate for students who do not already hold the MA degree, whose career plans may take them outside of California, or who desire to pursue a Ph.D. in the future. The combined MA and RLAA/RLLSC program can be completed in 15 consecutive months - beginning in Summer sessions and continuing through the Fall, Spring, and second Summer semester. A thesis project is required for this program.

*The Reading Specialist Credential and combined MA programs both require a minimum of three years of full-time K-12 teaching experience within the range of grades Kindergarten to 12. 

Master of Arts in Reading & Literacy Education – 31 units (plus 3 units of pre- or co-requisite) - 15 month program

The MA in Reading & Literacy Education program prepares teachers to be effective literacy instructors. You will also gain expertise in research in the area of literacy development and instruction, as well as conduct and evaluate research. This program can be completed in 15 consecutive months - beginning in Summer sessions and continuing through the Fall, Spring, and second Summer semesters. 

**The Reading Specialist Credential, Reading MA, and combined MA programs also require satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination covering the program coursework.

 

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Upcoming Information Session

SDSU READING / LITERACY GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm
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