OF ARTS IN READING EDUCATION
MA in Reading Education degree, Reading Certificate, and Reading Specialist
Credential programs are designed to provide increased knowledge and skill for
those who are or wish to become reading/language arts specialists in public or
private schools, clinics, and at community colleges. The program is also ideal
for elementary and secondary teachers who plan to remain in the classroom but
who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical understandings about the
teaching of reading and the language arts. Candidates are prepared to teach,
tutor, develop curriculum, offer in-service instruction and administer reading
centers for students ranging from preK through community college. The MA in
Reading Education degree is often earned concurrently with a California Reading
There are four options in San Diego
State University's MA in Reading Education programs. This is the ONLY MA degree
program at SDSU that allows you to study concurrently for your Reading
Certificate and/or Reading Specialist Credential. Each of these programs
provides extensive, collaborative, and supervised clinical experiences within
the SDSU Literacy Center and real-time experience teaching at-risk students in
the community. The option you pursue will depend upon your educational and
professional background, as well as your future career plans.
• Reading Certificate – 13 units
The Reading Certificate provides additional expertise and authorization in
literacy instruction, preparing you to teach literacy in the classroom more
effectively and to assume additional roles at the school level in literacy
leadership. The Reading Certificate program may completed in 2 or 3 academic
• Reading Specialist Credential – 25 units
The Reading Specialist Credential program is a preK-adolescent and higher
teaching credential. The Reading Specialist Credential prepares teachers to be
an effective literacy instructor, as well as to assume leadership roles in the
presentation of professional development, literacy coaching, and literacy
program assessment and curricula.
• Combined Reading
Specialist Credential and Master of Arts in Reading Education – 31 units
The combined Reading Specialist Credential and MA in Reading Education program
is appropriate for students who do not already hold the M.A. degree, whose
career plans may take them outside of California, or who desire to pursue Ph.D.
student at some future date.
*The Reading Specialist Credential and
combined MA programs both require a minimum of three years of full-time
K-12 teaching experience within the range of grades Kindergarten to 12.
• Master of Arts
in Reading Education – 31 units (plus 3 units of pre- or co-requisite)
The MA in Reading Education program prepares teachers to be an effective
literacy instructor. You will also gain expertise in research in the area of
literacy development and instruction, as well as conduct and evaluate research.
**The Reading Specialist Credential, Reading MA, and combined MA programs also
require satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination covering
the program coursework.
List of Courses