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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (Certificate)

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. Request official transcript(s): Request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below:

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

  1. Statement of Purpose: Write a Statement of Purpose based on this prompt:  What are your professional goals, and how do you expect this graduate program to help you meet those goals?   Your essay should be two pages maximum, using a size 12 font.

  2. Letter of Recommendation: Contact one individual who you have interacted with professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program application.

Online Only Reading Certificate

For information on the online version of this program visit the College of Extended Studies Reading Certificate webpage.


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact Marva Cappello ( or visit the Reading Specialist Credential Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
March 1, 2018
Program application
March 15, 2018
Transcripts due
April 1, 2018
College of Education Office of Student Services