FAQ’s

 

What are the admissions
requirements?
What if I begin the 100% online
program, or the face-to-face program, and then decide that I want to switch
to the other?
What if I just want to
complete the Reading Certificate(Added Authorization) online?
How do I apply?
What is the deadline for
applications?
When do face-to-face or hybrid courses meet? How long does it take to
complete just the Reading Certificate(Added Authorization)?
How will I know if I am
accepted?
How long does the Master’s
program take?
How do 100% online
classes work?
Does the online program have
a practicum component, and how would that work?
How will I know what courses
to enroll in?
How much does it cost? When do classes start, and how
long is each class?
Is the program
accredited?
What is the recommended sequence of courses?
Can I transfer courses in to
replace courses on the Study Plan?
How does the Specialist
Credential differ from the Master’s degree?
What are some career options
that would be open to me with a Master’s degree in Reading?
Are there other graduate
requirements?

 

What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants:

  • have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  • are in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • have an earned Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units;
  • satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study

* What is the deadline for applications?

Our program accepts applications for students who wish to begin in either fall or spring semesters.  Application deadlines vary. Please contact the department office for current admission deadlines.

How long does the Master’s program take?

In a typical 6-unit per semester course of study, the 30-unit Master’s degree is earned in 5 semesters.

How much does it cost?

The fee structure for graduate study in the CSU is based on a 6-unit per semester load.  The same fee is charged for taking 1 to 6 units.  Thus, students arrange their Plan of Study based on 6 units per semester. Students wishing to enroll in over 6 units per semester must have approval of the Graduate Advisor. There is an additional non-refundable fee of $33 per unit for courses in the full online degree program.  Fee information (including the out-of-state fee) can be accessed at this link: http://sfs.fullerton.edu/FeeInformation/

Can I transfer courses in to replace courses on the Study Plan?

You may provide the Department Advisor with transcripts and catalog course descriptions for courses that might be equivalent to required courses.  A maximum of 9 units on the Study Plan may be transfer courses, whether taken through CSUF Extended Education (http://www.csufextension.org/) or at another institution. It is possible to enroll in CSUF MS Read courses through CSUF Open University in semesters prior to official admission. Once accepted into the MS Read program, you may transfer no more than 9 total units to the Study Plan. The University requires that Masters degrees be completed in 5 years (10 regular semesters), or 7 years (14 semesters) with an approved request for extension.  Thus, the earliest transfer course is considered the “starting semester,” and the program must be completed in 5 or 7 years from that date.

What if I begin the 100% online program, or the face-to-face program, and then decide that I want to switch to the other?

The online courses are fully equivalent to face-to-face and hybrid classes.  A hybrid class is a combination of face-to-face and online classes (the online portion may be between 20-80% of the course). Thus, if you decide to switch from the online program to the face-to-face or hybrid programs and space is available, you may simply enroll in those face-to-face or hybrid courses the next semester, or in the online courses.  You also may enroll in a combination of online and face-to-face courses, if space is available.

When do face-to-face or hybrid courses meet?

Face to face or hybrid classes are scheduled one day per week. A hybrid class is a combination of face-to-face and online classes (the online portion may be between 20-80% of the course). The typical class time-frame for a face-to-face class is 4:30pm -9:30pm for a block of two 3 unit courses.

How do 100% online classes work?

Your “home base” for an online course will be a user-friendly University-sponsored website.  A course schedule of topics and assignments will be included in the syllabus for semester-long planning.  In addition, weekly “to-do” checklists will be provided.  In a typical week, you might read a chapter in the textbook, view a PowerPoint created by the course instructor that emphasizes important points and concepts, then write a response to a prompt related to the week’s topic and post this to an online discussion.  Later in the week, you would read your classmates’ postings and your instructor’s comments, and reply to one or more of your classmates’ postings.  In addition, you would be working on one or more course projects in anticipation of its due date.  If you have questions about an assignment or other course requirement, you may email your instructor and can expect a reply between the hours of 8-5 Monday through Friday, usually within 24 hours.

When do classes start, and how long is each class?

Our classes, whether offered face-to-face, hybrid, or online, run on a 16 week semester schedule. The fall semester typically begins at the end of August and the spring semester typically begins mid January. All regular University holidays are observed.

How does the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential differ from the Master’s degree?

The California Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential can be earned in conjunction with the master’s degree.  Like the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization), the graduate Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential is issued by the state and attaches to any California Basic Credential.  Also like the Certificate, the Credential requires, when you complete your coursework and are ready to apply for the Credential, documentation of:  1) a California basic teaching credential; 2) 3 years of successful K-12 teaching experience; 3) 2 recommendations from colleagues in the field; and, 4) 2 recommendations from instructors in your graduate program.   Many students complete their Master’s degree and then apply for their Credential several years later, once they have completed the required years of K-12 teaching. There is no time limit on applying for the Credential.

What if I just want to complete the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization) online?

It is possible to take all of the coursework for the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization) either face-to-face/hybrid or online. The Certificate is issued by the state, and attaches to any California Basic Credential.  In addition to the specified 15 units of CSUF coursework, the state requires documentation of:  1) a California basic teaching credential; 2) 3 years of successful K-12 teaching experience; 3) 2 recommendations from colleagues in the field; and, 4) 2 recommendations from instructors in your graduate program.  These are not required until you have completed the 15 units of coursework and are ready to apply for the Certificate.  If you have not completed the teaching requirement by the time you complete your coursework, you simply need to wait to apply for the Certificate when you can document the 3 years of teaching experience.  There is no time limit on applying for the Certificate.  The courses required for the Certificate are (total 15 units):

READ 508    Foundations of Literacy: Teaching and Learning (3)

READ 507    Literacy in the Academic Disciplines (3)

READ 514    Linguistics and Literacy Education (3)

READ 536    Literacy Curriculum: Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)

READ 516    Literacy Assessment and Analysis for Instruction (3)

How long does it take to complete just the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization)?

Assuming that you have the 3 years of teaching experience noted in the answer above, it typically takes either 2 or 3 semesters to complete the 15 units of coursework for the Certificate (6 units in the 1st semester, 6 units in the 2nd semester, and 3 units in the 3rd semester, OR 9 units in the 1st semester and 6 units in the 2nd semester). If you decided to pursue the Master’s degree, these courses would apply to that program.

Does the online program have a practicum component, and how would that work?

The practicum components of the online option will be the equivalent to the face-to-face program, but will be accomplished differently.  As you know, technology is advancing by leaps and bounds; by the time those courses are offered, additional tools may be available, but right now, the plan is as follows.  A Master’s candidate enrolled in a supervision course will identify a student with whom to work.  The candidate will videotape sessions with their student (according to guidelines of given assignments) and upload these to a website designed for this purpose.  The professor will have access then, to the videos, via the website. The website has tools for the professor to make written comments to the student as relevant to the particular assignment.

Is the program accredited?

Our regional accreditation is from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  Our state accreditation unit is the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and our national accreditation unit is the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  The graduate MS in Education with a concentration in Reading, the Reading Certificate and the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential are fully accredited by all three.

What are some career options that would be open to me with a Master’s degree in Reading?

Career options include:

  • Classroom teacher, PreK-12 (for completers who also hold a basic credential)
  • Reading/Language Arts teacher, 6-12
  • Reading/Resource Specialist/Reading Coach
  • District Coordinator,Trainer, Consultant
  • Researcher/Author/Entrepreneur
  • Industrial/Business/Government
  • Reading/Literacy Specialist
  • Community College Reading Course Instructor
  • Learning Assistance Program Administrator
  • Teacher Educator

How do I apply?

Complete the Graduate Student Application available on-line at www.csumentor.com.

Indicate your interest in the MS, the certificate, and/or the credential as appropriate for your case. Pay the application fee online by credit card or e-check.  Request transcripts from all institutions listed on your application and also send official community college transcripts if these transfer units are listed on your transcripts from the university where you earned your undergraduate degree.  Please have an official set of transcripts from each college (including Community Colleges and other graduate work) you have attended mailed to: California State University, Fullerton; Admissions and Records, LH 111; PO Box 6900; Fullerton, CA 92834-6900. Keep in mind that this can take as little as three weeks or much longer. You do not need to request transcripts from CSUF. They are part of your permanent record. But if you transferred to CSUF or earned your credential elsewhere you will need to request those transcripts.  Here
are specific instructions for the online application process:

  1. Go to http://www.csumentor.com/AdmissionApp/
  2. Click on Graduate Admission Application
  3. Select the semester that you are planning to begin your program
  4. Create an account
  5. Click on apply online after account has been created
  6. On the Graduate Application screen select CSU Fullerton Graduate.Then select start new application.
  7. Read the directions and select Begin Application for CSU Fullerton Graduate at the bottom of the page.
  8. You will be applying for:
    1. Semester Selection
    2. MS Read (F2F/hybrid) or MS Read Online (full online program)
    3. Degree Objective: MS
    4. Applicant already holds another credential (only if applicant holds active multiple subject or basic subject credential)
    5. California Reading Certificate, abbreviated name to the California Reading Certificate
    6. (Added Authorization) (select this option even if you are going to earn the Specialist Credential too)
    7. Admitted? No
  9. Fill out the screens requesting personal information
  10. On the screen requesting Test Information, simply select “next.”   None of the tests listed are required for the Reading Program.
  11. Complete the remaining screens, including the brief essay.
  12. Submit the application and pay the application fee.

The Help Line for CSU Mentor 1-800-468-6927

How will I know if I am accepted?

Admissions will notify you when your application has been received, by e-mail. They will also assign a PIN number to you at that time and a campus-wide ID (CWID). Put these numbers in a safe place. You will need them to check on your application and admission status, to register for classes and to use online instruction tools.   Check your Student Center page regularly to monitor the status of your application and transcripts. Access your Student Center log on at www.fullerton.edu and click on the Portal Login button at the top of the page. Click Titan Online and then open your Student Center. It is a good idea to monitor your To Do List.

How will I know what courses to enroll in?

After your transcripts have been received your application will be sent to the Reading
Department. If your application is accepted, the Reading Department will notify you about registration procedures, including section numbers for first-semester courses.

What is the recommended sequence of courses?

Course Sequence for the MS and Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential: (total 30 units)

First Semester:

READ 508 Foundations of Literacy: Teaching and Learning (3)

READ 514 Linguistics and Literacy Education (3)

Second Semester:

READ 507 Literacy in the Academic Disciplines (3)

READ 536 Literacy Curriculum: Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3)

Third Semester:

READ 516 Literacy Assessment and Analysis for Instruction (3)

READ 511 Research in Reading and Literacy Education (3)

Fourth Semester:

READ 560 The Sociocultural Context of Language and Literacy for English Learners (3)

READ 585 Roles of the Literacy Leader/Specialist (3)

Fifth Semester:

READ 581 Strategic Interventions for Literacy Specialists: Practicum (5)

READ 595 Advanced Studies and Comprehensive Exam (1) or READ 597 Project (1 unit) or READ 598 Thesis (1 unit)

*The California Reading Certificate (Added Authorization) and Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential are issued by the State, and attach to any California basic teaching credential. When you complete your coursework and are ready to apply to the State, required documentation includes:

  1. a California basic teaching credential;
  2. 3 years of successful K-12 teaching
  3. 2 recommendations from colleagues in the field; and
  4. 2 recommendations from instructors in your graduate program.  There is no time limit on applying for the Certificate and/or Credential after coursework is completed.

Are there other graduate requirements?

Other requirements, such as time limits for program completion, the continuous enrollment requirement, and time limits for transfer courses, are specified in the current Course Catalog at the links below.

See the link below for graduate requirements (note that the Graduate Writing Requirement is met within the coursework for the Masters degree, Read 514):

http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate/currentstudents/generalrequirements.asp

See the link below for information about Changes in Study Plans, Instructions and Request Form for GRAD 700, Summer Completion Petition, Validation for Outdated Course Petition

http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate/currentstudents/graduateforms.html

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