Master of Arts: Language and Literacy

Description

The Department of Teacher Education offers three graduate programs in the area of Language and Literacy:

  1. The Language and Literacy Added Authorization - This is a two semester, twelve-unit level of specialization that prepares teachers to assess and assist students with reading difficulties. Areas of study include decoding and fluency, comprehension and study skills, and the psychology and sociology of literacy. This added authorization allows the holder to assess student reading and provide reading instruction in response to those assessments. Language and Literacy Added Authorization holders are also authorized to develop, implement, and adapt the reading content curriculum and assist classroom teachers in these areas. Holders of the Language and Literacy Added Authorization may perform the above services at one or more school sites at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential. This program is being revised in 2013 and new program guidelines are being framed by CCTC. Be sure to check with the program coordinator for up-to-date information. More specific information on courses and application requirements and procedures can be found under the Language and Literacy Added Authorization section.
  2. The Language and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential - This is a four semester, 24-unit program that includes all of the courses in the Language and Literacy Leadership Credential and adds twelve more units in areas such as reading disability, juvenile literature, literacy development in linguistically and culturally diverse populations, and program evaluation. This credential prepares teachers for literacy-related teaching positions PreK through 12, as well as for leadership roles at school and district levels. This program is being revised in 2013 and new program guidelines are being framed by CCTC. Be sure to check with the program coordinator for up-to-date information. More specific information on courses and application requirements and procedures can be found under the Language and Literacy Added Authorization section.
  3. The Master of Arts in Education with a Language and Literacy Option - This is 30-unit program of study which includes all the courses in the credential along with "core" courses in education and research and the writing of a thesis or a project. The degree is designed for the administrator, the classroom teacher, and the specialist teacher of language and literacy for a diverse population of children, youth, and adults. This program is being revised in 2013 and new program guidelines are being framed by CCTC for the Language and Literacy Added Authorization and the Language and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential which will affect the MA program. Be sure to check with the program coordinator for up-to-date information. More specific information on courses and application requirements and procedures can be found in the sections above.

Combinations of the above Programs

MA + Language and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential - A majority of teachers in Language and Literacy have pursued these two programs at the same time. This course of study involves taking a total of 33 units and satisfactory completion of a portfolio. Please note that just completing the MA sequence of courses does not guarantee that a Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential will be awarded. Teachers need to apply separately to the specialist credential program early on in the program, so they can determine whether they will meet requirements that do not apply to the MA.

MA + Language and Literacy Added Authorization - This combination requires no extra courses beyond the MA. This course of study also requires the satisfactory completion of a portfolio. Teachers need to apply for the certificate program early on so they can determine whether they will meet requirements that do not apply to the MA.

Career Options

Language and Literacy Added Authorization - This added authorization allows the holder to assess student reading and provide reading instruction in response to those assessments. Language and Literacy Added Authorization holders are also authorized to develop, implement, and adapt the reading content curriculum and assist classroom teachers in these areas. Holders of the Language and Literacy Added Authorization may perform the above services at one or more school sites at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential.

The Language and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential - This credential prepares teachers for literacy-related teaching positions PreK through 12, as well as for leadership roles at school and district levels.

The Master of Arts in Education with a Language and Literacy Option - The degree is designed for the administrator, the classroom teacher, and the specialist teacher of language and literacy for a diverse population of children, youth, and adults.

Requirements

The Language and Literacy Added Authorization Program - This is a two semester, twelve-unit level program

Language and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential - This is a four semester, 24-unit program.

The Master of Arts in Education with a Language and Literacy Option - This is 33 unit program.

Refer to the catalog for detailed admission and academic requirements.

Course Listing

There is a certain sequence in which courses should be taken. In the revised programs, there is a cohesiveness across all three programs. Tier I courses [EDTE 200, 205, 201, and 203] are taken before Tier II courses [EDTE 202, 207, 206, and 209]. Note that within tiers, courses often are paired by semester. To complete the requirements for the M.A. students must also take EDTE 250 and EDTE 503.

Review the courses required to complete the degree.

Questions

Porfirio M. Loeza
loeza@csus.edu
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