Certificate in Reading and Literacy

Requirements (24 units)

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the general requirements of the university for admission as a postbaccalaureate student, admission to the reading certificate requires the following:

  1. A valid California teaching credential with an English learner authorization; or a clear, full-time designated subjects teaching credential with an English learner authorization, and at least one year of full-time teaching experience;
  2. A 3.0 grade point average in all course work taken in education;
  3. Application packet (obtained from the Department of Language, Literacy and Culture or the College of Education Master's Program Office) which includes information to complete:
    1. Program application;
    2. Letter of interest which includes experiences working with diverse populations;
    3. Three letters of recommendation: one from the candidate's school principal, and two from other district professionals who can speak to the strengths of the applicant's personal qualities and professional qualifications;
  4. Upon completing the application packet, meet with the Reading and Literacy Coordinator to complete the program plan.

Recommendation for the Certificate

In order to be recommended for the certificate, the candidate must have:

  1. Completed all of the prescribed course work with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  2. Verified that all California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards have been met;
  3. Verified at least three years of successful full-time teaching experience in any grades, preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit;
  4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from the coordinator of the program.

Certificate Requirements

ERDG 619Literacy Assessment and Evaluation4
ERDG 626Foundations of Literacy4
ERDG 627Literacy and Language Processes4
ERDG 636Critical Approaches to a Culture of Literacy4
ERDG 637Basic Materials and approaches to Literacy4
ERDG 649Assessment and Intervention in PreK-12 Literacy4
Total Units24