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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

Who needs a degree focusing on Literacy?
Does this program address the Common Core State Standards for California?
Will this program help me get a job?
Is this program completely online?
Who teaches this program?
How many students are in one class?
What does it mean that this is a "cohort program?"

Application Questions

Where do I have my official CBEST scores sent?
Do I need to take the GRE and the CBEST?
How do I get my Certificate of Clearance?
If I'm an out-of-state applicant, how do I obtain my Certificate of Clearance and fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement?
How do I know that my application was properly received?
Do all of the required documents have to be mailed to your office?
How do I confirm that my additional required documents were received besides the application?
If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?
Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM if I'm an international student?
How do I request Financial Aid?
What happens if my official CBEST scores were sent to a different CSUSM department?
Why is it that I cannot apply via CSU Mentor?
What are the times/dates of the classes?

Program Answers

Who needs a degree focusing on Literacy?

Educators across all content areas that wish to expand their knowledge and insight into the five domains of literacy: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. With the reduction of literacy coach and literacy specialist positions, it had become more important than ever for teachers across the spectrum to learn how to effectively incorporate all aspects of literacy into the classroom.

Does this program address the Common Core State Standards for California?

Yes, the program content addresses the English Language Arts Common Core State Standard requiring the use of literacy across all content areas. This program prepares educators to incorporate literacy into the classroom regardless of the subject area.

Will this program help me get a job?

With budget cuts affecting almost every State’s Education program, it is important for educators to continue professional development to remain competitive in today’s market. This program’s blending of theory and practical application gives graduates a well-rounded understanding of literacy that can be applied to any classroom. Additionally, with the program focus on both traditional and ESL students, graduates are prepared to teach to a diverse population of students.

Is this program completely online?

Yes. This course of study is a fully online course that can be taken from anywhere in the world.

Who teaches this program?

The program is taught by the same Literacy faculty that teaches the face-to-face courses offered at the CSUSM campus. The Literacy faculty have extensive and ongoing classroom experience that allows them to keep up with current trends in teaching and learning. The ongoing exposure to classroom teaching leads our faculty to be responsive to the needs of the program’s students and keeps them looking toward the future of education.

How many students are in one class?

The program is designed at a cohort program, with each cohort comprised of 30 students. The smaller course size allows the faculty to maintain the academic integrity of the program and ensure that each student is receiving the attention needed to success in the program.

What does it mean that this is a "cohort program?"

A cohort is a group of students that are admitted to the program at the same time and follow a set course schedule. This format ensures that each student has a guaranteed seat in every course and can finish the program in a timely manner. Students in this program will take six units (two 3-unit courses) a semester and can finish the program in a little over three years.

Application Answers

Where do I have my official CBEST scores sent?

Participants using the CBEST to meet the Basic Skills Requirement should send their official scores directly to:

CSUSM Extended Learning
ATTN: M.A./Literacy
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Since Extended Learning does not have access to other departments' records, applicants will need tp submit official scores to Extended Learning even if scores were previously submitted to the University for a different program.

Do I need to take the GRE and the CBEST?

No. The GRE is not a program requirement. The CBEST is not a requirement for the program, but can be used to meet the Basic Skills Requirement.

How do I get my Certificate of Clearance?

For information on how to receive your Certificate of Clearance, please select one of the following links:
Certificate of Clearance through the San Diego County Office of Education
Certificate of Clearance through a Private Agency

If I'm an out-of-state applicant, how do I obtain my Certificate of Clearance and fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement?

For out-of-state applicants, the first step to complete your Certificate of Clearance can be done by contacting your local Office of Education, which will allow you to complete the Livescan. Once the Livescan is completed, you may complete step two in the same manner as an in-state candidate (see previous question).

To fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement, we do require proof of scores from one of the tests listed on our website (Basic Skills Requirements PDF). The Basic Skills Requirement methods are dictated by the CTC so we are not allowed to make exceptions.

How do I know that my application was properly received?

Once we have received your application, an email (listing any additional requirements) will be sent to your email address that was listed on the submitted application.

Do all of the required documents have to be mailed to your office?

No, not all of the required documents have to be mailed to our office. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to the advisor as long as they are emailed from the person recommending the applicant, using the form provided on the Admissions page, and contains their signature and contact information. Please see the advising page for the advisor's contact information.

How do I confirm that my additional required documents were received besides the application?

You can contact Extended Learning at (760) 750-4020 and inquire.

If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?

Please submit all official transcripts of all colleges and universities you have attended or are currently attending, with the exception of the CSUSM transcript.

Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM if I'm an international student?

All program requirements and correspondence are handled directly at Extended Learning Student Services; all contact information can be found on the "Contact Us" link.

How do I request Financial Aid?

Please go to the "Student Services" link and scroll down to the "Financial Aid and Scholarships" section for information. You can visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship office or call (760) 750-4850 with any questions. At the time of your application, we advise that you complete your FAFSA application.

What happens if my official CBEST scores were sent to a different CSUSM department?

If your CBEST scores were sent to a different department at CSUSM, you will need to resubmit your scores to Extended Learning. Unfortunately, Extended Learning does not have access to other departments' files.

Why is it that I cannot apply via CSU Mentor?

CSU Mentor will be accessible to those applicants that have been formally admitted into the program; we will inform you of when and how to do so at the time.

What are the times/dates of the classes?

All program courses are offered online and dates of the classes will be distributed to admitted students.