Certificate in Teaching Reading to Adults
Overview of the Program
The Certificate in Teaching Reading to Adults (TRA Certificate) is a collaborative program between Sacramento State's departments of English, Teacher Education, and Learning Skills. It is designed for people who plan to work with adult learners in community colleges, adult schools, community literacy programs, or other settings.
The training offered by the program will provide:
- an understanding of the theory and pedagogy of developmental reading for native speakers and ESL students
- the skills and strategies to use with adult learners
- the capability to assess readers, programs, and texts
- hands-on experience in an adult reading class
Roberta Ching (Learning Skills), John Clark (English), Fiona Glade (English), Julian Heather (English), Sue McKee (Learning Skills), Marcy Merrill (Teacher Education), John Shefelbine (Teacher Education)
All students in the program must have graduate student status:
- Students who are in a graduate degree program at Sacramento State should meet with the program coordinator to complete necessary paperwork.
- Students who are not in a graduate degree program at Sacramento State should apply to the university as graduate students. Under program, choose Certificate in Teaching Reading to Adults (NOTE: the university also offers a Reading Certificate for K-12 educators. Please make sure you choose the correct program.)
- October 1 for Spring admission
- March 1 for Fall admission
All applicants must complete the University’s Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE).
International students must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL as follows:
- 600 or higher on the traditional TOEFL, with a score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)
- OR 250 or higher on the computerized TOEFL, with a score of 5 on the Test of Written English
- OR 100 or higher on the ibt TOEFL, with a minimum of 24 on the writing section.
The reading certificate requires 15 units of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
||Research in the Psychology and Sociology of Reading
|| Fall only
||Advanced Practicum in Reading Difficulties -- Assessment and Intervention
|| Fall only
||ESL Reading and Vocabulary
||Internship in Teaching Adult Reading
||Theoretical Issues in Adult Literacies
||every third semester
For more information, contact the Program Coordinator:
Professor Marcy Merrill
Department of Teacher Education
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6079
office phone: (916) 278-5524
FAX: (916) 278-6643
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