Graduate School of Education

Reading Certificate (Added Authorization)

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014!

Program Overview

Success in reading is one of the most crucial goals of students and their teachers. The Reading Certificate Program is designed to assist the teacher in developing additional expertise in the teaching of reading. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Reading Certificate offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This program may be taken alone or as a specialization within a master's degree program.

Program Highlights

This program prepares teachers to assess reading skills and provide instruction in response to these assessments. Reading certificate holders are also authorized to develop, implement, and adapt curriculum, and assist colleagues at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential.

A hybrid model is offered for all four courses in this program. Classes will meet 60% face-to-face and 40% online.

Requirements

Possession of one of the following prerequisite credentials:

  • Teaching credential that required a bachelor’s degree and completion of a professional preparation program, including student teaching
  • Designated Subjects Teaching Credential (Adult Education, Vocational Education, or Career Technical Education) as long as the individual possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and has satisfied California’s basic skills requirement

Three years of successful, full-time teaching experience in any subject or grade, preschool through adults (student teaching, internship teaching or teaching while holding an emergency permit is NOT acceptable teaching experience).

Courses

EDRD 559 Foundations of Literacy Learning (3 units)
This course prepares candidates for more advanced learning with a deeper, richer level of understanding and a firmer grasp of literacy research and its applications. Candidates will read and learn from research to formulate their philosophy of literacy teaching and learning. Candidates will gain knowledge of language acquisition, early literacy, and standards-based teaching. In this course, candidates also explore the elements of 21st century learning goals: TPACK—an organizing framework for technology use in literacy learning.

EDRD 563 Literacy Assessment and Interpretation (3 units)
This course provides candidates with an overview of different types of assessments and audiences for the assessments. The course also prepares candidates to link assessment to instruction through administration and analysis of student literacy achievement as measured by curriculum-based assessments. Candidates learn to assess students and apply needed reading interventions (e.g., RTI). Candidates learn when students need re-entry from intervention to regular classroom as well as learn to apply appropriate instructional sequences in teaching/tutoring. In this course, candidates explore the elements of 21st century learning goals: TPACK—an organizing framework for technology use in literacy learning.

EDRD 564 Instruction for Communication: Comprehending and Composing (3 units)
This course provides the candidate with current research on communication, specifically emphasizing writing instruction, standardized assessments, and rubrics. Candidates will learn more about information literacy and how to communicate with various educational stakeholders, such as families/caregivers, other teachers, administrators, and the community. In this course, candidates also explore the elements of 21st century learning goals: TPACK—an organizing framework for technology use in literacy learning.

EDRD 565 Interdisciplinary Literacy across Levels and Learners (3 units)
This is a capstone course that supports candidates’ synthesis of the key concepts integrated throughout the program. Candidates will advance their knowledge about adult learning, especially as needed for professional learning communities, peer coaching, and collaboration with other literacy professionals. Candidates will learn about adolescent literacy.

 

Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

Admission Requirements

Other Requirements

  1. Minimum 3.0 upper division GPA

Application Process

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Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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