Reading and Literacy



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. The RLAA program is 14-semester units.

Upon successful completion of coursework and three or more years of verified classroom full-time teaching experience in any grade or subject, preschool through adult under a Preliminary or Clear teaching Credential, candidates can apply through the Credential Student Service Center to be recommended for the CTC state-issued Reading Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA). Student teaching, intern teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency or teaching permit does not count as part of the three years. Applicants with less than three years of experience may be admitted to the program, however, they will not be able to apply for the RLAA until they have earned three years of teaching experience under a Preliminary or Clear Credential. Educators with less than three years of verified teaching experience are welcome to apply for and if admitted complete the program and apply for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) once they have the required classroom teaching experience under a PreliminaryTeaching Credential. Admitted students complete three more graduate courses to be eligible to apply for a Master of Science Degree in Reading and Literacy.

The Master of Science in Reading and Literacy is granted by Cal State East Bay. Educators 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 Master's degree, can be completed in one calendar year with the inclusion of 9 approved credential program units. 

For more information, email or the Program Coordinator listed below with your full name, program name, and start term in all correspondence.

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) - Program Coordinator

Dr. Andrea Steinfeld



Summer 2024  Department and University Applications open from February 1-April 1, 2024

The document deadline is April 15, 2024

Summer 2024 Department Application closes April 1, 2024. 


Attend a virtual Information session about the Master of Science in Reading and Literacy program.

Date: Monday, 2/26/2024

Time: 5:30 pm

Zoom ID: 896 350 0096


  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  2. GPA of 3.0 in upper-division undergraduate courses and post-baccalaureate courses.
  3. Statement of Purpose-listed on the Department Application. How has your academic preparation helped you to succeed in the program if admitted, and how will it help your professional career goals?
  4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  5. A valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential.
  6. Basic Skills Requirement (i.e. CBEST or other option-Satisfactory completion of the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR); submit a copy of your score report. California law requires that all educators meet proficiency in the subjects of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement in one of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved methods listed in Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (BSR). This is the same document used to obtain your teaching credential or approved and signed BSR Evaluation Form
  7. Demonstrated potential to become a leader in reading and language arts curriculum and instruction.

Our Reading and Literacy program is offered through the University Extension Department. Educators interested in this program will be required to complete BOTH the University Application  (Cal State Apply) and a Department Application to be considered for admission to the program. See both Applications below.

Graduates 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.

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA)

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:

  • TED 660 - Literacy Research and Methods 
  • TED 661 - Reading Comprehension Research and Methods
  • TED 662 - Culture of Literacy: Focus on Diversity
  • TED 663 - Literacy Assessment
  • TED 664 - Literacy Intervention
  • TED 695 - Practicum

Additional M.S. Coursework

In addition to the courses for the RLAA, the following additional five (5) courses for 13 units are required for the M.S. in Reading and Literacy.  TED 670, 671, and 672 are required for students who do not carry units over from a credential program:
  • TED 670 - The Science of Reading Foundations
  • TED 671 - Early Literacy Foundations
  • TED 672 - Secondary Literacy Foundations
  • TED 687 - Reading Research & Evaluation
  • TED 688 - Research in Education

M.S. Capstone

The following Master’s Project for 3 units is required to complete the M.S. Reading and Literacy degree requirements:

  • TED 693 - Master's Project
New students need to submit a University Application through Cal State Apply and a Department Application to be considered for admission to the program. 
  • University Application In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Second Bachelor's Degree and Beyond (e.g. Teaching Credential) and Graduate (e.g. Master's, Doctoral). Select to add the Program listed under East Bay Extension-  Reading and Literacy.
  • Department Application

Currently enrolled East Bay Credential students-


Program Completion-Contact the Credential Student Service Center for more information. with your full name, program name, start erm, and net id in all correspondence.

General Instructions for Credential Completer Application

Credential Completer Application

Completer Application Checklist

  • Verification of Experience Form- three or more years of verified classroom full-time teaching experience in any grade or subject, preschool through adult under a Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential. Student teaching, intern teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency or teaching permit does not count as part of the three years.