The Department of Teacher Education at California State University, East Bay offers two levels for graduate study in the area of reading and language arts:
The Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) is granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) upon recommendation by Cal State East Bay. It authorizes service as a reading specialist at a school site. This program is 14 semester units.
The Master of Science in Reading and Literacy is granted by Cal State East Bay. Candidates who have earned the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization or previously earned the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential, are eligible to continue their graduate studies and earn the M.S. degree. This program is 30 semester units: 14 units for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and 16 additional units beyond those required for the RLAA.
If you completed your credential within five years of the MS completion date (7 years with a waiver), you may complete the 30 units including the Reading Added Authorization courses (14 units) and MS courses (7 units) by bringing in 9 units of coursework from an accredited credential program. If you completed your credential over five years beyond MS completion date (7 years with a waiver), the electives TED 670, 671 and 672 may be completed to meet this remaining 9-unit requirement. The entire program, including the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the MS degree can be completed in one calendar year with the inclusion of 9 approved credential program units.
Upon successful completion of coursework and three or more years of classroom teaching, candidates will be recommended for the state-issued Reading Literacy Added Authorization. Candidates with less than three years of teaching experience are welcome to complete the program and apply for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization once they have the required classroom teaching experience. Candidates complete three more graduate courses to receive a MS in Reading and Literacy.
Gradutes may become specialists in Elementary and Secondary Literacy Development. They may also work in interventionist positions, such as Reading Intervention Teacher, Literacy Coach, District Literacy Specialist, Grade Level Chair, and/or Department Chair.
Our Reading Instruction program is offered through the University Extension department. Candidates interested in this program will be required to complete BOTH the University Extension Application and the Department application.
These six (6) courses for 14 units are required for both the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the M.S. in Reading and Literacy:
The following Master’s Project for 3 units is required to complete the M.S. Reading and Literacy degree requirements:
Dr. Denise Fleming, Professor
Art & Education Rm. 127B
Phone: (510) 885-4471