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Master of Arts in Education

Redesigned California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA)

Advantages of the Newly Redesigned Progam: 

✔Earn your added authorization in only one year!
Courses are online!
✔Program combines one PLC meeting per week with asynchronous work!
Option to apply authorization coursework towards Reading/Literacy Specialist Credential and/or Master’s Degree in Reading!
✔Program accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

NOTE: Candidates interested in pursuing a Reading/Literacy Added Authorization  need to possess a Basic California Teaching Credential , one (1) year of teaching, and evidence of passing the Basic Skills Requirement at the time the credential application is submitted to the State of California.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Bennett at 


*Program for Candidates Admitted through Spring 2023*

California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA)

The California Reading/Literacy Added Authorization (15 units) is for those individuals wanting to advance their ability to teach all students to read and understand the challenges of developing literacy among California’s diverse with students and teachers at various school sites. The mission of the Reading/Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to be fluid in making curricular decisions about teaching reading and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a California basic teaching credential.

Candidates interested in pursuing a Reading/Literacy Added Authorization will need to  possess a Basic California Teaching Credential by the time all the added authorization courses have been completed plus one (1) year of teaching and evidence of passing the Basic Skills Requirement  at the time the added authorization application is submitted to the State of California. 

Semester Course Number Course Title Units
Semester 1 - Fall LEE 278 Literacy Processes and Practices 3 units
Semester 1 - Fall LEE 213 Teaching the Language Arts K-12 3 units
Semester 2 - Spring LEE 215 Language Issues in Reading 3 units
Semester 2 - Spring LEE 224 Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities 3 units
Semester 3 - Fall LEE 230 Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts 3 units

Note: If approved, a maximum of 3 graduate level  transfer units "outside" of  California State University, Fresno may be used for the RDG-AA program. (Fresno State's Extension and/or Open University, and Subject-Matter Project units are not eligible.)  (University Time Limitations and Valdation Policies apply.) Please contact the Reading/Language Arts Program Coordinator for specifics

Visit the Fresno State Catalog for course descriptions.