Masters in Reading

Masters in Reading
Program Information

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.

Career Opportunities

A Reading Masters opens the door to a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • private clinician
  • reading coach/specialist
  • district literacy specialist
  • teacher trainer
  • literacy coordinator
  • community college professor
  • literacy specialist in publishing and industry

Course Requirements*

Candidates earn their MS degree and complete coursework for advanced certifications from CTC (CA Reading Certificate and Reading Language Arts Specialist Credential) in a 30 unit program. Courses can be completed by attending on-campus, hybrid, or fully online classes.

Required Courses (29 units)

  • READ 511 Survey of Educational Research (3)
  • READ 516 Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching of Reading (3)
  • READ 536 Curriculum Foundations, Principles, and Issues in Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • READ 507 Reading and Thinking in the Content Areas (3)
  • READ 508 Teaching Reading/LA in Today's Elementary Schools (3)
  • READ 514 Linguistics and Reading (3)
  • READ 560 The Sociocultural Context of Literacy and Learning (3)
  • READ 581 Remediation of Reading Difficulties (5)
  • READ 585 Professional Development (3)

Culminating Experience (1 unit - Selection of one of the following:)

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

*For new students only. Students who entered previous to the Fall 2012 semester should check their study plan and/or consult their advisor.

Additional Requirements

  1. Maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.0 throughout the program, and prior to enrolling in READ 581.
  2. Earn a passing evaluation on the Writing Proficiency assignment completed in READ 511 (or complete an approved improvement plan).
  3. 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.


Advisement is available to all program candidates. Candidates for the Masters degree should complete a formal Study Plan, approved by the Graduate Advisor. The Study Plan typically is completed during the first semester. Contact Office Assistant Shannon Wilson for an appointment for advisement: (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 in the last 60 semester units attempted (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 or Multiple Subject teaching credential. (by completion of the program – Specialist Credential only*)
  • Successful teaching experience at elementary, secondary or college levels, or other approved experience (by completion of the program – Specialist Credential only*)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Page updated: March 14, 2013