CA Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential

CA Specialist Credential
Fall Application Deadline

Applications for Fall 2015 READ Certificate, Specialist Credential and Master’s Degree will close July 1, 2015.

The Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Individuals wishing to pursue the Specialist Credential must make formal application to the University indicating the specific Specialist Credential program desired.

Program Information

Course Requirements* (total of 29 units)

  • READ 507 Literacy in the Academic Disciplines (3)
  • READ 508 Foundations of Literacy: Teaching and Learning (3)
  • READ 511 Research in Reading and Literacy Education (3)
  • READ 514 Linguistics and Literacy Education (3)
  • READ 516 Literacy Assessment and Analysis for Instruction (3)
  • READ 536 Literacy Curriculum: Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)
  • READ 560 The Sociocultural Context of Language and Literacy for English Learners (3)
  • READ 581 Strategic Interventions for Literacy Specialists: Practicum (5)
  • READ 585 Roles of the Literacy Leader/Specialist (3)

*For students entering the program in Fall 2012 or after. Students who entered previously should check their study plan and/or consult their advisor.

Additional Requirements

  1. Applicants seeking a California Reading Certificate or Reading/ Language Arts Specialist Credential must provide a CBEST card indicating that you have successfully completed this test, or verification that you have taken the test, prior to applying to the program. You must pass the CBEST to be granted the Certificate and/or Credential.
  2. Maintain an average Grade Point Average of 3.0 throughout the program, and prior to enrolling in READ 581.
  3. Earn a passing evaluation on the Writing Proficiency assignment completed in READ 514 (or complete an approved improvement plan).
  4. By program completion, submit 2 letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your teaching expertise and 2 letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic expertise (usually course professors). Recommendation forms are available in the Department office.
  5. By program completion, submit a Verification of Service form to document three years of successful teaching experience. Forms are available in the Department Office.


Advisement is available to all program candidates. Contact Graduate Advisor, Dr. Rosario Ordonez-Jasis,, to schedule a telephone or on campus appointment, or contact the Department of Reading Administrative Coordinator, Shannon Wilson, for assistance: 657-278-3497 or


Admission & Application Information

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Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 cumulative or last 60 semester units (applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be conditionally admitted)
  • Good standing at the last college attended
  • Approved undergraduate major
  • California Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Special Education teaching credential (by completion of the program – Reading Certificate and Specialist Credential only*).
  • Successful teaching experience at elementary and secondary levels, or other approved experience (by completion of the program – Reading Certificate and Specialist Credential only*).

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