Reading Certificate of Advanced Study

This program is not currently admitting new students.

The certificate of advanced study in reading education is a 30-unit, post-master's program that helps you develop advanced knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of leading, redesigning and restructuring literacy education. Students can pursue their interests in integrating technology, second language learning, multicultural literature, teaching writing, assisting special populations, and other literacy topics. This certificate is also an ideal stepping stone to a doctoral degree.

About the Program

This outcomes-based program is designed to meet the standards outlined by the International Reading Association (IRA) for administrators or coordinators who recognize and support reading professionals as they plan, implement and evaluate reading instruction. Such reading professionals administer literacy, bilingual, compensatory and ELL programs in schools and other institutional settings. They direct the organization, management and assessment of school, district or institutional literacy programs. Academic preparation for reading coordinators includes additional course work in reading and course work in professional development, grant writing, program administration and evaluation.

The program will prepare you to:

  • provide specialized literacy instruction and assessment, in cooperation with other professionals, to students at all levels
  • offer literacy services individually or in groups
  • communicate with colleagues, parents and the community about literacy issues
  • conduct professional development workshops on literacy topics
  • coach and/or mentor colleagues
  • advocate for literacy development among all populations
  • read and interpret literacy research

Degree Requirements

You can view admission and certificate requirements for the certificate in advanced study in reading education in the Graduate Catalog.

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Program Advantages 

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