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University Catalog 2017-2018 
University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

California Reading Certificate

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The California Reading Certificate is a postbaccalaureate credit program for an added authorization certificate issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It authorizes the holder to assess student reading and provide reading instruction in response to those assessments. Certificate holders may perform the following services at a single school site at the grade level authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential:

  • Develop and implement reading curriculum
  • Adapt reading content curriculum
  • Assist classroom teachers in these areas

Admission to the Program

For admission to the program, applicants must:

  1. Meet the university requirements for Admission to graduate study,
  2. Have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in their last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units attempted, and
  3. Have completed a basic course/s in teaching reading and writing teaching methodology (EDEL 4150  and EDEL 4160 , or EDSE 4501 and 4502 , or equivalent) or hold a basic teaching credentia

Requirements for the Certificate (21 units)

Students must complete 15 units of required course work and fulfill the additional co-requisites listed below.

Co-requisites (6 units)

In addition to the above requirements, students must satisfy the following:

  • Complete ENGL 4101  (3), or TESL 4000  (3), or an equivalent course in English Linguistics by the end of the second term in the program.
  • EDEL 4120  (3) or an equivalent course.
  • Have a preliminary Teaching Credential (i.e., Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Educational Specialist Teaching Credential). Students may work towards the Reading Certificate while they are completing the requirements for their preliminary teaching credential.
  • Have verified completion of three years of successful full-time teaching experience after receiving a basic teaching credential. Students who finish the program before they complete their experience requirement will be eligible for the reading certificate once they finish this requirement

The California Reading Certificate Program closely corresponds with the first half of the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential program and the Postsecondary Reading Certificate program. All the classes in the reading certificate program are in the M.A. in Education: Option in Reading Program.


For admission to the program(s), see a faculty member who advises for the program. A list of these faculty members and their office hours is available in King Hall C2097.

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program: California Reading Certificate
Occupations that this certificate program prepares students to enter:
-Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers; SOC Code 25-2000; ; ; ;; ; ; ;
-Tutors; SOC Code 25-3099;
-Writers and Authors; SOC Code 27-3043;
On-time graduation rate for students completing this program:
No completions by non-degree seeking students
Costs of Attendance for the entire normal duration (two semesters) of this certificate program:
Tuition and Fees: $7,609
Books and Supplies: $1,809
Median loan debt incurred by students who completed this certificate program:
The job placement rate for students completing the program:
Data not available.

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