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Master of Arts in Education

California Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (Advanced Credential)

Graduate students can also earn a Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (24 units). The mission of the Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential is to prepare teachers to develop an advanced understanding of the process through which students learn to read and write. Candidates will learn about the normal developmental process ranging from basic literacy skills in emergent/early readers to more advanced literacy skills required by adolescent and adult readers in content and subject matter disciplines. In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must possess a valid California basic teaching license and have completed three years of teaching experience by the time the credential is awarded.

Call for Third-Party Comment
Submission Deadline: March 5, 2022

On April 3-4, California State University, Fresno will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Teams are soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by the university’s initial and advanced programs. All comments must be submitted by March 5, 2022 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment

Advanced Credential table
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
Semester 4 - Spring LEE 244 Research for Reading Professionals 3 units
Semester 5 - Fall LEE 234 Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction 3 units
Semester 5 - Fall LEE 254 Supervised Field Experiences in Reading 3 units

Note 1: If approved, a maximum of 3-6 graduate level  transfer units "outside" of  California State University, Fresno may be used for the RLLSC  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.