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Specialist Credential

The Graduate Reading/ Literacy Program aims to improve the quality of literacy instruction among literacy educators in order to benefit learners at all levels (pre-K-adult) to acquire a lifelong love of literacy. By advocating for research, policy, and instructional practices that are appropriate and effective, the program strives to promote and sustain a culture of literacy within the schools, homes, and communities of those we serve. Program graduates are highly qualified professionals who successfully and effectively yield high-quality literacy outcomes for all learners through the implementation of sound instructional practices grounded in current literacy theory and research, including balanced literacy instruction, new literacies and digital literacies, alignment to common core standards, and literacy education for diverse learners.

Program courses overlap with all courses in the Master of Arts in Education, Reading/ Literacy Option. Qualified candidates are able to receive both a Master's and a Specialist Credential with only one additional course beyond the master's program.

Program Coursework (40 units)

  • ERDG 619: Reading Assessment & Evaluation
  • ERDG 626: Foundations of Literacy
  • ERDG 627: Literacy & Language Processes
  • ERDG 636: Critical Approaches to a Culture of Literacy
  • ERDG 637: Basic Materials, Approaches to Literacy
  • ERDG 639: Practicum in Literacy Programs
  • ERDG 646: Socio-Psycho-linguistics & Literacy
  • ERDG 657: Leadership Roles in Literacy
  • ERDG 649: Assessment/ Intervention in Literacy PreK-12
  • ERDG 659: Fieldwork for Reading / Literacy Specialists

Each year, applications are accepted for Fall Quarter only. The graduate program application deadline for Fall Quarter is in July each year: Check the Office of Graduate Studies site for admission deadlines.

Dr. Diane Brantley
Program Coordinator
Reading and Language Arts
Office: CE-384
Phone: 909-537-5605