Future Students

Future Students

The College of Education’s Reading Department has several program options available to meet a variety of professional development needs and objectives. The outstanding faculty in our nationally accredited (NCATE) program strive to prepare reading professionals who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively integrate contemporary theories of reading with sound pedagogical practice. Please read through our program descriptions below for more details.

Program Information

Program Overview

To learn more about our Literacy and Reading M.S. view our online information session here (YouTube).

For current catalog with program and course descriptions, access the online catalog here

Masters in Literacy and Reading Education

Our Master’s degree program is nationally (NCATE) accredited, with a strong grounding in research-based theory and pedagogy, paired with early and continuous applications in structured and supervised fieldwork culminating in an in-depth, classical reading clinic (practicum) course. Read more about our Masters in Literacy and Reading Education program.

Reading Specialist Credential

The Reading Specialist Credential is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Individuals wishing to pursue the Reading Specialist Credential must formally apply to the University indicating the specific Specialist Credential program desired. Read more about our Specialist Credential program.

Reading Certificate

The California Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to provide student instruction and assessment in reading, as well as develop, implement and adapt reading instruction, and assist classroom teachers in these areas, at the grade levels with which the individual holds an an approved prerequisite credential. Read more about our Reading Certificate program.

Post Secondary Reading and Learning (PRL) Certificate

This 12 unit online certificate provides a cutting-edge curriculum that meets the emerging needs for community college faculty in the area of postsecondary reading. The certificate satisfies the California mandate under AB 1725 requiring certification in adult reading instruction for community college teachers of English. Visit CSUF Extension for more information about our Post Secondary Reading Certificate program.

Admission & Application Information

Apply and gain admission to Cal State Fullerton

Head over to http://www.calstate.edu/apply and start your admission process to Cal State Fullerton. Visit our Apply Now page for more detailed instructions on what information you'll need to apply to Cal State Fullerton.

Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in last 60 units
  • Good standing at the last college attended
  • Approved undergraduate major

Additional Requirements for those wishing to pursue the Reading Certificate or Reading Specialist Credential:

  • Possess a valid basic California teaching credential, which may be one of the following:
    • a teaching credential requiring a bachelor’s degree and a professional preparation program, including student teaching
    • a clear, full-time designated subjects teaching credential, provided that the holder also possesses a bachelor’s degree and has met the basic skills requirement.
  • Possess an English Learner Authorization

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have additional questions?  We've assembled future students' most common questions in our FAQ page: visit our FAQ page here.

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Page updated: May 31, 2017