Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential

Requirements (48 units)

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the general requirements of the university for admission as a postbaccalaureate student, admission to the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential program 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 the following:
    1. Program application form;
    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 Credential

In order to be recommended for a credential, 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;
  4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from the coordinator of the program.

Credential Requirements (48 units)

Level I: Reading and Literacy Certificate (24)
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 639Practicum in Reading and Literacy4
Level I: to be taken upon completion of all courses in Level I (24)
ERDG 646Socio-psycholinguistics and Literacy4
ERDG 647Curriculum Perspectives in Literacy4
ERDG 649Assessment and Intervention in PreK-12 Literacy4
ERDG 656Contemporary Issues in Literacy4
ERDG 657Leadership Roles in Reading and Literacy4
ERDG 659Field Work for the Reading and Literacy Specialists4
Total Units48