Master of Arts in Education - Reading and Literacy Option

Master of Arts in Education

The M.A. in education with an option in bilingual/crosscultural education is designed to give advanced training to personnel involved in bilingual programs in grades K-12. The program should also meet the needs of community college personnel who are involved in the training of classroom aides and other paraprofessionals.

The M.A. in education with an option in career and technical education is designed to provide advanced and specialized education to personnel working in a variety of settings related to vocational education such as secondary, postsecondary and private schools. The program should also meet the requirements for leadership positions in these facilities.

The M.A. in education with an option in curriculum and instruction is designed for both elementary and secondary teachers. The program provides opportunities for teachers to gain expertise and knowledge in subject matter content and pedagogy or to teach gifted and talented students.

The M.A. in education with an option in environmental education is designed to prepare individuals to teach environmental education effectively in indoor and outdoor settings and to all grade/age levels and enables graduates to assume leadership in environmental education in schools, nature centers, and other interpretative situations. Admission to the program requires teaching experience, but not a teaching credential.

The M.A. in education with an option in holistic and integrative education is a program for creative educators in a nontraditional format emphasizing educational innovation, integrative learning, and meaning-centered learning.

The M.A. in education with an option in instructional technology is designed to meet the needs of technology professionals in schools and other education related settings, as well as business settings. The program has two emphases: research and design/development.

The M.A. in education with an option in reading/language arts meets the needs of the candidate who is interested in increasing skills in the effective teaching of reading/language arts. The program is competency based and places emphasis on the models and methods that enhance the strategic processing of language arts.

The M.A. in education with an option in teacher leadership has been developed in collaboration with Academic Partnerships, an entity that has a proven track record of marketing innovative online education programs with established institutions of higher learning.

The M.A. in education with an option in science education meets the needs of the candidate who is interested in developing her/his pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching and learning of science and develop his/her background to become a science education leader in their school, district, or region. The program also provides the opportunity to increase the candidate's content knowledge in science.

The M.A. in education with an option in special education will provide advanced preparation for teaching individuals with disabilities, and will provide training for those persons interested in administrative positions or leadership positions in special education.

The M.A. in education with an option in teaching English to speakers of other languages prepares educators to meet the needs of English language learners in K-12 classrooms in the United States and abroad. The teaching of English around the world is one of the fastest-growing international professions and offers worldwide English teaching opportunities to qualified graduates. Courses in ESL teaching methods and supervised fieldwork opportunities provide a broad overview of theories of language acquisition and social cultural influences on language learning, and strengthen the mastery of classroom techniques.

Requirements (48 units)

Program Code: ERDL

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A valid basic California teaching credential or teaching experience;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all courses taken in education;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. Students admitted in this category may be changed to classified standing with approval of the College of Education. No more than 16 quarter units may be used to demonstrate fitness to complete the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), 12 quarter units of course work at least eight of which must have been on this campus and approved by an advisor in the College of Education;
    Note: Between the time of completing 15 units and 23 units of applicable course work the student is required to apply for advancement to candidacy.
  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education and approved by the program coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable work, with 35 completed in residence at this university;
  2. A minimum of 23 quarter units of credit taken after a student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. Successful completion of Group A or B below:
    Group A:
    Comprehensive Examination
    Contemporary Issues in Literacy
    Group B:
    Masters Degree
  5. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of ERDG 647 ;
  6. Any additional University requirements for a Master's Degree Program.

A satisfactory Master's Degree Project is one that is reported in the form of a paper and/or through other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available in the Graduate Thesis and Project Handbook available in the Coyote Bookstore. Students who elect to complete a project are not required to take a comprehensive examination.

Students will be encouraged to present projects in a variety of media. The purpose of the project is for the student to communicate ideas gained in research, experimentation and creative endeavors; therefore, students should not feel bound to the traditional forms. All projects will be planned in consultation with the student's advisor.

The comprehensive examination is of an integrative nature and is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of reading/language arts rather than the subject matter of courses taken. The examination in reading/language arts is offered once each quarter. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student must have advanced to candidacy and completed a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination or any part of it. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to take it again. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

The program may not include more than 13 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider transfer credit course work from any institution which that does not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

Degree Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (12)
EDUC 603Effective Communication in Education4
EDUC 605Foundations of Education4
EDUC 607Introduction to Educational Research4
Reading/Language Arts Core (32)
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
ERDG 647Curriculum Perspectives in Literacy4
ERDG 649Assessment and Intervention in PreK-12 Literacy4
Culminating Experience (4)
Successful completion of Group A or B below4
Group A. Comprehensive Examination Option:
Contemporary Issues in Literacy
Comprehensive Examination
Group B. Master's Degree Project Option:
Masters Degree
Total Units48