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Applications and associated documents to complete your packet are only viable for one year from the date the application is submitted. Due to the Extended Learning rolling admissions process, qualified candidates may be notified at any time prior to the start of the program.

DO NOT apply to the University (through CSU Mentor) at this time. Please apply directly through Extended Learning.

Literacy Program Application

Once you have submitted your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $105 Application Fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment. 

Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance.This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

Once you have completed the application, the additional requirements are as follows:

  1. One set of official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges or universities attended;
  2. Proof of valid Teaching Credential or equivalent experience;
  3. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement (see more details on Program Requirements page);
  4. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success.
    *Letters of Recommendation must be submitted using the Recommendation Form
  5. Personal Statement: A typed double spaced one to two page statement that tells about you and why you wish to pursue a master’s degree in education. Things you might include are: your goals, ideals, experiences, special skills, community service.
    • Must be one to two pages
    • Times New Roman, 12 PT Font
    • Double space

Ideally all materials and documents should be submitted together, as one packet. All documents detailed above must be submitted directly to the CSUSM Extended Learning office:

CSUSM Extended Learning
Attn: M.A./Literacy
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Specific to those who attended multiple colleges and universities, please note: For your initial evaluation please compile all official, hard copy transcripts from each college and university attended are collected and mailed together in one single package. This prevents any delay of the evaluation/admissions process. Please ensure that all official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges and universities attended have been sent directly from the institution to the student's home address. Once you receive all official, hard copy transcripts, please mail them to Extended Learning at the address listed above (transcripts submitted to the CSUSM Admissions office will not be forwarded to Extended Learning). Please do not open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial".

Important Notes:

Do not apply to the University; please apply directly to the School of Education through Extended Learning (as noted above). Applicants must be available for online interviews and must be reachable in some way for acceptance notification. Applicants notified must accept or decline as indicated in their acceptance letter. If no response is received by the stated deadline, the seat will be given to the next person on the wait list.

The administration of the M.A. Education, Literacy program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates.  In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program’s stated start date.  Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed.  We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information. 

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

CSUSM Approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies

International students, please note: The M.A. in Education with the Option in Literacy is a fully online program and California State University will not be able to sponsor international students for residency.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

Provided below are the CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:

Paper-Based

 Computer-Based

 Internet-Based

Undergraduate  500  173

 61

Graduate  550  213

 80