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Elementary Reading and Language Arts Course of Study


  • A valid California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; CLAD certification is strongly recommended
  • At least two (2) years of teaching experience preferred
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units
  • Two letters of recommendation on school letterhead from educators familiar with your teaching (one must be from a supervisor or principal)
  • Autobiography and personal statement of intent (3 pages maximum)
  • EDEL 452 (Teaching Reading, K-8) or equivalent is strongly recommended

Required Courses

Please contact program coordinator prior to beginning coursework.

1. All of the following (27 units)

  • EDRG 540 Advanced Studies in Literacy (3)
  • EDRG 543 Technology in Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • EDRG 544 Foundations of Literacy Research (3)
  • EDRG 551 Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3)
  • EDRG 554 Reading/Language Arts: Supervision and Leadership (3)
  • EDRG 556 Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (3)
  • EDRG 558 Language Study for Reading Teachers (3)
  • EDRG 559 Practicum in Teaching Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • EDRG 651 Advanced Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading/Language Arts (3)

2. One of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor (3-6 units):

  • EDRG 695 Seminar in Reading (3) and Written Comprehensive Examination
  • EDRG 698 Thesis (6 units)


Download the application form (pdf file, requires Adobe Reader)

Contact Information

For information and assistance, please contact program coordinator:

Shelley Xu, Ed.D.
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Teacher Education
Email: shelley.xu@csulb.edu

last updated — May 4, 2015