Master of Arts in Education
Reading/Language Arts Option

Review of applications will begin in April 2017
for our Fall 2017, Cohort 7.

Dr. Imelda Basurto, Program Coordinator
Email: ibasurto@csufresno.edu
Phone:  559.278.0285

The Master of Arts degree program in Education with an option in Reading/Language Arts is offered on campus and fully online with a focus on helping graduate students and teachers become professional reading educators. The program is committed to promoting and enhancing the quality of instruction in reading and language arts. It is designed to provide professional and advanced/specialized education to classroom and resource teachers, educational literacy consultants; diagnosticians and supervisors in reading clinics, schools, and community colleges. It also enables graduates to do consulting and editing for publishing companies and to pursue advanced graduate study in universities offering the doctoral degree.

The program courses are designed to help graduate students and teachers learn how to make curricular decisions about teaching reading and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds. Students pursuing a degree (or credential) in Reading and Language Arts also learn to inspire other teachers to upgrade the reading/language abilities of students through demonstrations of effective reading strategies.

Each year, a new cohort of graduate students and teachers begins this 5-semester master's program.

  • Of the 30 units in the Reading/Language Arts program, 6 to 9 units from an accredited university program may be considered for transfer into the program.
  • All coursework for the MA in Education with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts must be taken within a 5-year period.
  • For this graduate program's culminating experience, students have the choice of a project, a thesis, or a comprehensive exam.

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts (30 units)
  • California Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential (24 units)
  • California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (15 units)

Master’s Admission Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree
  • 2.75+GPA
  • Fulfillment of Undergraduate Writing Competency (or equivalent)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (personal statement)

Course of Study for the Master’s Degree:

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

** ERE 153. Educational Statistics
(3 UNITS)

Methods of describing, analyzing, and interpreting data; statistical methods including correlation, regression, t-tests, 1 and 2-way ANOVA designs, and chi-square. Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

                                                **Prerequisite to ERE 220

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

The first of two supervised field work courses required for the Reading Specialist Credential. Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

ERE 220. Research in Education
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: ERE 153. Seminar in education research methodology; library resources; critiquing data collection, analyses, interpretation in research articles; writing research papers; for elementary adn secondary teaching, early childhood, reading, administration, counseling, special education, related fields

Semester 4 - Spring

LEE 244. Research for Reading Professionals
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: LEE 213, LEE 215, LEE 278, and permission of instructor. Study of past and current research in reading related to instructional issues; planning and analysis of curricula in light of current re search; application of research skills.

ERE 288. Educational Measurement and Program Evaluation (3 UNITS)

Procedures and issues involved in the measurement and evaluation of educational programs; planning, etc. Applications in educational settings are emphasized

Semester 5 - Fall

Pathway Option 1
(LEE 298A or LEE 299 and LEE 254)

LEE 298A. Project Literacy
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. A project consists of a significant undertaking appropriate to education. An approved proposal is required for enrollment. Approved for RP grading.

LEE 299. Thesis
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220 and completion of an acceptable thesis proposal. See [-LINK-]. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis proposal. See criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

Pathway Option 2
(LEE 234, LEE 254, and Comprehensive Exam)

LEE 234. Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: LEE 224. Clinical experiences in the supervised application of principles learned in LEE 224. Emphasis on individual and small group evaluation and instructional procedures. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Instructional materials fee, $10)

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

Comprehensive Exam (0 Units)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the master's degree; B average on 24 units of the master's program including ERA 220. See Criteria for Comprehensive Exam in the Blackboard Graduate Student Organizatio Site. The comprehensive exam consists of 10 questions of which 5 questions will be randomly provided; however, graduate students will choose 3 of the five to respond to. Pass or Retake. Approved for RP grading.

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (Advanced)

Graduate students can also earn a Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential (24 units). The mission of the Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialists Credential is to prepare teachers to develop an advanced understanding of the process through which students learn to read and write.  Candidates will lean about the normal developmental process ranging from basic literacy skills in emergent/early readers to more advanced literacy skills required by adolescent and adult readers in content and subject matter disciplines. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a valid basic teaching license and have completed three years of teaching experience by the time the credential is awarded.

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

The first of two supervised field work courses required for the Reading Specialist Credential. Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Semester 4 - Spring

LEE 244. Research for Reading Professionals
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisites: LEE 213, LEE 215, LEE 278, and permission of instructor. Study of past and current research in reading related to instructional issues; planning and analysis of curricula in light of current re search; application of research skills.

Semester 5 - Fall

LEE 234. Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: LEE 224. Clinical experiences in the supervised application of principles learned in LEE 224. Emphasis on individual and small group evaluation and instructional procedures. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Instructional materials fee, $10)

LEE 254. Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Intensive varied supervised field experiences in settings with reading specialists, consultants, or staff development personnel involving diagnosis and treatment of reading difficulties; development or refinement of reading programs; evaluation of reading instruction; application of interpersonal communications and group process skills.

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Certificate

The Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (15 units) is for those individuals wanting to advance their ability to teach all students to read and understand the challenges of developing literacy among California’s diverse populations.work with students and teachers at various school sites. The mission of the Reading/Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to be fluid in making curricular decisions about teaching reading and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a basic teaching credential.

Semester 1 - Fall

LEE 278. Literacy Processes and Practices
(3 UNITS)

Understanding literacy processes through the investigation of current theories, issues, and practices.

LEE 213. Teaching the Language Arts K-12
(3 UNITS)

Seminar on integrated language arts, reading-writing connections, and using language arts in literature-based reading programs and theme cycles.

Semester 2 - Spring

LEE 215. Language Issues in Reading
(3 UNITS)

Prerequisite: admission to program or permission of instructor. Seminar exploring issues related to language acquisition and literacy development with special emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

LEE 224. Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities (3 UNITS)

Analysis of reading performance utilizing portfolio and performance based assessments and diagnostic instruments. Consideration of methods and materials for instruction.

Semester 3 - Fall

LEE 230. Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts
(3 UNITS)

Provides supervised practice in research-based methodologies and intervention approaches for beginning readers, English learners and students with reading difficulties. A combination of practica and seminars required. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Specialist Credential or Added Authorization courses may also be used to meet part of the requirements for a master's degree.