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M.A. in Reading

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC)

✔ Earn your credential in only two semesters!
✔ Courses are online!
✔ Program combines one PLC meeting per week with asynchronous work!
✔ Option to apply credential coursework towards Master’s Degree in Reading!
✔ Program accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

The Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC) program of study provides advanced preparation in literacy education and assessment and prepares teachers for leadership roles in literacy teaching, coaching, program evaluation, curriculum development, and professional development at the classroom, school site, and district levels. The RLLSC is an 18-unit program that takes two semesters to complete and authorizes the holder to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners from PK-adult.

The RLLSC authorizes the holder to perform the following duties at the school site, district, and county levels in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults:

  • Provide direct reading intervention to students and adapt instructional routines and strategies to provide direct specialized reading instruction to students with severe reading difficulties, including monitoring and adjusting intervention instruction.
  • Coordinate adoption and facilitate implementation of adopted literacy curricula, including providing training to teachers.
  • Select and administer reading and literacy assessments, interpret results to determine student growth and identification of struggling students, select interventions, communicate results, and provide guidance and coaching to teachers.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive literacy plan.
  • Support students’ literacy development and inform and train teachers in literacy skills using information and communication technologies.
  • Evaluate literacy practices and report findings, guide teachers and administrators in collaborative efforts to design, implement, and evaluate local, state and/or federal programs, and plan and conduct staff development.

NOTE: Candidates interested in pursuing a Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential need to possess a Basic California Teaching Credential, three (3) years 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 lbennett@csufresno.edu 

Advanced Credential courses
Semester Course Number Course Title Units
Semester 1 - Fall LEE 230 Advanced Literacy Foundations 3 units
Semester 1 - Fall LEE 224 Clinical Early Literacies 3 units
Semester 1 - Fall LEE 225 Data Summit A 3 units
Semester 2 - Spring LEE 234 Clinical Intermediate Literacies 3 units
Semester 2 - Spring LEE 254 Literacy Leadership, Coaching, and Evaluation 3 units
Semester 2 - Spring LEE 226 Data Summit B 3 units

RLLSC Admission Requirements

  1. Fresno State Graduate Program application.
  2. Transcripts (official copy of transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree and all post-B.A. coursework).
  3. Statement of purpose
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Minimum 2.75 GPA
  6. Application Processing Fee
  7. Verification of a basic teaching credential (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist).
  8. Verification of at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience in any grade, preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching or teaching while holding an emergency permit.
  9. Evidence of having met the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
  10. Evidence of having met the English Learner Authorization.

Required for RLLSC Recommendation

  1. Completion of RLLSC coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Three years of full-time teaching experience in any grade, preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching or teaching while holding an emergency permit.

Visit the Fresno State Catalog for course descriptions.