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.

Program Highlights

Complete in 2 Summers

Designed for schedules of traditional and year-round teachers

Completely Online

Mostly asynchronous with synchronous class meetings in the evenings

Focused Coursework

3 courses in literacy theory, research and practice each summer

Annual Conference

Attend virtual conference of international literacy experts each summer

Decades of Experience

We have 40 years of experience

Affordable Tuition

At $4,658 per summer, the tuition for California residents is much lower than the pricetag for private universities.

42nd 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 national 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.

 

 

Upcoming Info Session

TBA

The next info session will be offered in January 2022--date to be announced later.

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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  (most summers classes run from last week of May, when SDSU starts summer session, for 6 weeks)

Summer 1

A variety of instructional sequences (mini-courses), each focusing on a single topic or competency dealing with reading instruc- tion. See Class Schedule for specific content. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree

Advanced study of the research in curriculum development, construction and evaluation

Research-based pedagogy for diverse learners. Instructional strategies applicable across disciplines.

Development of assessments and tests common in instructional and research contexts. Uses and interpretation of assessment data in given differential social/political contexts. Implications for research and instruction.

Summer 2

A variety of instructional sequences (mini-courses), each focusing on a single topic or competency dealing with reading instruction. See Class Schedule for specific content. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree.

Survey of children’s/adolescents’ literature and its incorporation into the classroom curriculum.

Trends in reading instruction to include developmental sequences in reading skills and abilities, reading in the content elds, individual di erences and interests.

Capstone course for Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Action research conducted in students’ own teaching environments.

Important Dates

Cal State Apply Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Next Info Session: TBA

Summer 2022 Course Dates: TBA
Summer 2022 Conference Dates: June 20-24, 2022, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Contact Us

For more information contact:

Melanie Falkenberg, [email protected]
Dr. Marva Cappello, [email protected]
Dr. Diane Lapp, [email protected] 

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are interested in completing a Master’s degree but can’t imagine how you can do this while teaching full time, this is the program for you. The Masters of Arts in Teaching K- 12 Language Arts Concentration which can be completed fully online in two summers is designed to accommodate busy elementary, middle, and secondary teachers wanting to spend a few weeks each summer learning new ideas to take back to the classroom.
In addition to a summer-only schedule, which is friendly for busy teachers, the weeklong Reading and Language Arts conference is unique! For more than 40 years, this conference has drawn national speakers to discuss current issues in children's and adolescent literacy. The conference is a course and runs from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for one week in late June. Other courses do not meet during this week.
This two summer, 30 unit degree program includes attending the weeklong SDSU Reading and Language Arts each summer. The speakers at the conference are international experts in literacy who discuss state of the art instructional strategies in literacy. Each summer you will take 3 additional courses in literacy theory, research and practice that result in effective instruction. This summer program is designed to meet the schedules of traditional and year round teachers because the courses meet in the afternoon from late May to early July.
Yes, the courses in this program address instructional issues that occur in grades K-12.
This MAT program focuses on instructional issues in all of the curriculum areas. A special emphasis relates to literacy issues in each of the disciplines.
Yes! While many participants are elementary school teachers, the degree is for either elementary or secondary curriculum and instruction. Each year, your instructors make sure that your needs as an adolescent educator are addressed.
If you have completed a post-baccalaureate credential program within the past 4 years (at the time you plan to start the Summer-only MAT) then we may be able to use up to 6 units of your credential work towards your Master’s. If you completed your credential program at an undergraduate level or more than 4 years ago then you will have to take 6 additional graduate level units to complete the MAT. These courses are not scheduled into the two summers.
Students in the Summer MAT attend classes for a 6-week period, usually from the end of May to early July each summer. Courses are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays with an occasional Tuesday night class (for Reading Conference meetings). All courses are online and include both synchronous and asynchronous virtual meetings.
The conference which you will take each summer meets for one week (M-F) from 9-4, and a Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., Each summer you will also take online back-to-back classes from 4-6:30 p.m. and from 7-9:30 p.m. on class nights including both synchronous and asynchronous virtual meetings.
Yes, because the only course that meets during the school day is the Literacy Conference. Year-round teachers are welcome! We record all the sessions for you, and you simply watch them at home or on your computer. It's the next best thing to being there.
Yes, there is a comprehensive exam taken at the completion of the 2nd year. The questions are based totally on the instruction you receive during the three-year program. The pass rate is 99% on the first try.
No, you only need a teaching credential. Students who have successfully completed their credential program are welcome.
No! Every year we have students from many states who spend part of each summer in San Diego.
Starting summer 2021 all course are online and include both synchronous and asynchronous virtual meetings.
While it is recommended that you complete the program in 2 summers, it is not mandatory.
No thesis is required for this program.
Please contact the office of the SDSU Office of Financial Aid or 619-594-6323.
Everything you need to know can be found at our How to Apply page.

1.Submit the Cal State Apply application
     -personal statement
      -letter of recommendation

2. Request official transcripts from your Bachelor's degree and all credential coursework.