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Reading Certificate Program

The Reading Certificate Program provides advanced preparation in reading/language arts assessment and instruction, clinical and field experience, as well as theory and research in teaching reading and language arts in grades K-12. This 12-unit program is intended for elementary and secondary teachers who desire advanced preparation in reading/language arts curriculum, assessment, instruction, and intervention. The focus is on designing and implementing appropriate reading/language arts programs for all children and youth, including English language learners.

Related programs in reading and language arts at CSULB include: 1) the Reading/Language Arts Specialist program (27 units, 12 units of which are for the Reading Certificate program) and 2) the Master of Arts in Elementary or Secondary Education: Specialization in Reading/Language Arts (a 30-33 unit program which includes the 27 units in the Reading/Language Arts Specialist program).

Prerequisites for the Reading Certificate Program

  • A valid California Multiple Subject or Single 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

Course Requirements for the Reading Certificate Program (12 units)

  • EDRG 540 Advanced Studies in Literacy (3 units)
  • EDRG 551 Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3 units)
  • EDRG 558 Language Study for Reading Teachers (3 units)
  • EDRG 559 Practicum in Teaching Reading/Language Arts (3 units)

Additional requirement prior to applying for the Reading Certificate at California Commission On Teacher Credentialing: Verification of three years of full-time teaching experience in any grades, preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit.


Download the application form (pdf file, requires Acrobat 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