Now Online Master of Arts in Reading Education

Program Description

The MA in Reading Education degree, Reading Certificate, and Reading Specialist Credential programs are designed to provide increased knowledge and skill for those who are or wish to become reading/language arts specialists in public or private schools, clinics, and at community colleges. The program is 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 the language arts. Candidates are prepared to teach, tutor, develop curriculum, offer in-service instruction and administer reading centers for students ranging from preK through community college. The MA in Reading Education degree is often earned concurrently with a California Reading Specialist Credential.

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

Online Program Options

There are four options in San Diego State University's MA in Reading Education programs. This is the ONLY MA degree program at SDSU that allows you to study concurrently for your Reading Certificate and/or Reading Specialist Credential. Each of these programs provides extensive, collaborative, and supervised clinical experiences within the SDSU Literacy Center and real-time experience teaching at-risk students in the community. The option you pursue will depend upon your educational and professional background, as well as your future career plans.

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Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (formerly Reading Certificate) – 13 units

The Reading Certificate 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 Reading Certificate program may completed in 2 or 3 academic year semesters.

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential – 25 units

The Reading Specialist Credential program is a preK-adolescent and higher teaching credential. The Reading Specialist Credential prepares teachers to be an effective literacy instructor, as well as to assume leadership roles in the presentation of professional development, literacy coaching, and literacy program assessment and curricula.

Combined Reading Specialist Credential and Master of Arts in Reading Education – 31 units

The combined Reading Specialist Credential and MA in Reading Education program is appropriate for students who do not already hold the M.A. degree, whose career plans may take them outside of California, or who desire to pursue Ph.D. student at some future date.

*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 Education – 31 units (plus 3 units of pre- or co-requisite)

The MA in Reading Education program prepares teachers to be an effective literacy instructor. You will also gain expertise in research in the area of literacy development and instruction, as well as conduct and evaluate research.

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

Advising & Information

Upcoming Information Session

Reading M.A., Added Authorization & Specialist Credential Programs
Date: Monday, December 3, 2018 & Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Literacy Center
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Advisor: Dr. Katie Sciurba

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List of Courses 

List of Courses