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MA Reading, Language and Literacy

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CSUSM’s fully online Master of Arts in Reading, Language and Literacy program provides advanced preparation in reading and language arts assessment and instruction. The coursework is immediately applicable and prepares you to work within a variety of settings to maximize learning for diverse student populations.

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New cohorts begin every summer semester.

Application and document deadline: 

  • Summer 2021: May 5, 2021

Summer 2021 Application

View application instructions.

  • Designed for working professionals

    Earn your degree in just 16 months with convenient online classes

  • Prepare for your next career move

    This program will prepare you for literacy TOSA positions, literacy coach, reading specialist, grade or department chair, curriculum specialist, school-based resource teacher and more

  • Cohort program

    Benefit from immediate peer support, individualized attention, guaranteed placement in courses, guaranteed time to completion and more

  • Meaningful education

    Classes for this K-12 focused program are kept to 25 students to ensure the highest level of interaction with faculty and include clinical and field experience

Program Details


    How to Apply

    Admission Requirements

    • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
    • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or 2.5 in the last 60 units
    • Verification of a valid and Cleared Basic Teaching Credential
    • Statement of purpose: A typed, double-spaced, one- to two-page statement that describes you and why you wish to pursue a master’s degree in education. Things you might include are your goals, ideals and experiences, special skills, and community service.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work in the field of education
    • Completion of the graduate/post-baccalaureate application to the university
    • No GRE required to apply

    Three years of full-time teaching experience are required prior to recommendation for the California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential.

    For a California Advanced Credential (Reading and Literacy Specialist Credential) you must hold a basic California Clear Credential, fulfilled basic skills requirements and have satisfied minimum years of regular teaching experience.

    All materials will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s qualification for admission; however, no one indicator shall determine acceptance of an applicant.

    Please note: To be considered for admission you must reside in an approved state.

    Preferred Preparation

    Students should have the following skills:

    • Computer literacy including email, uploading and downloading documents, Microsoft Office, etc.
    • Strong reading and writing skills
    • Self-motivated and independent learner
    • Time management skills

    View Catalog Page

    California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).


    Semester Units* Subtotal**
    Summer Semester 1 - Block 2 6 $2,694
    Fall Semester 1 - Block 1 6 $2,694
    Fall Semester 1 - Block 2 6 $2,694
    Spring Semester 1 - Block 1 6 $2,694
    Spring Semester 1 - Block 2 6 $2,694
    Summer Semester 2 - Block 1 3 $1,347
    Summer Semester 2 - Block 2 2 $898
    Fall Semester 2 - Block 1 1 $449
    Total 36 $16,164

    *Unit rate for this program is $449

    **University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • This program is eligible for financial aid
    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Federal VA educational benefits can be used for this program (not eligible for Cal Vet fee waiver)
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Reading, Language and Literacy Catalog Page.

    Please note: This program has a set schedule of courses that you are expected to follow as part of your cohort.

    Sample Schedule

    Semester Course (units)
    Summer Semester 1 - Block 2

    EDRL 606 (3)

    EDRL 616 (3)

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 1

    EDRL 610 (3)

    EDRL 613 (3)

    Fall Semester 1 - Block 2

    EDRL 614A (3)

    EDRL 614B (3)

    Spring Semester 1 - Block 1

    EDRL 618 (3)

    EDRL 619 (3)

    Spring Semester 1 - Block 2

    EDRL 622 (3)

    EDRL 623 (3)

    Summer Semester 2 - Block 1 EDRL 627 (3)
    Summer Semester 2 - Block 2 EDRL 698A (2)
    Fall Semester 2 - Block 1 EDRL 698B (1)

    Schedule is subject to change.

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    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.


California is the No. 2 employment center for elementary and secondary school

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

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