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Reading and Language Arts

The Graduate Program for Reading/Language Arts is closed and not accepting applications at this time. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Paul Boyd-Batstone, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education.


This unique program offers graduate students three-in-one: a California Reading Certificate, a Reading Specialist Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education. The Master’s Degree in Elementary Education/Secondary Education (including the Reading Certificate Program and the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential Program) is 30-33 units in advanced study of literacy development, reading/language arts instructional and assessment practices, leadership and supervision, technology, and diagnosis and intervention. The scholarship is grounded in current research, best practices, and your school setting.

Courses in the Reading Certificate Program are prerequisite for the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential Program.  Courses in the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential Program are prerequisites for the Master's Program. 

Program Structure

The program with 30-33 units will take two (2) years to complete, including a summer session.

  • 6 units (2 classes) per semester, and 2 courses in summer
  • Classes held on campus at CSULB two evenings a week, usually starting at about 4:00pm
  • Selected classes presented via a web-based hybrid format

Our Graduates

The program prepares graduates who seek to add to their professional credentials, expertise, and standing within their school districts in the areas of reading/language arts. Our graduates have become instructional leaders, literacy coaches, K-12 specialists  in public and private schools, National Board Certified teachers, instructors at community colleges, and Ph.D./Ed.D candidates.

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