Reading Specialist

Coordinator,
Reading Specialist Program:

Dr. Susan Neufeld
DBH 327 - 209/664-6719
sneufeld@csustan.edu
Department of Advanced Studies
DBH 348 - 209/667-3364

Mission Statement

The mission of the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential Program is to demonstrate how to organize and implement a balanced reading program that is research-based, using literature, basal texts, and leveled decodable texts as a foundation for skill development, and to provide a repertoire of diagnostic or prescriptive tools for assessment, as well as strategies for intervention and improvement for students in multicultural, multilingual classrooms.

This credential is an advanced credential that may be added to a basic credential such as the Multiple Subjects CLAD or BCLAD, Single Subject, or Special Education credentials. The K-12 nationally accredited credential consists of 30 units of coursework and can be completed in three years. Eighteen of these 30 units fulfill the reading Concentration for an MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading. Sixteen additional units of common courses, including a thesis or project, are also required for the master's degree for a total of 34 units. The Reading Certificate (15 units) is part of the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential.

Benefits

The Reading Certificate and Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential:

  • prepare teachers for teaching in early intervention programs;
  • enhance knowledge of reading instruction/reading process for classroom teachers K-12;
  • help teachers deal with struggling readers and the reading problems experienced by diverse learners;
  • encourage teachers to assume a professional leadership role in their schools.

Reading Certificate

EDRG 4100 Reading/Language Arts Strategies K-12 (3 units)
EDRG 4240 Reading Instruction in the Primary School (3 units)
EDRG 4250 Reading Instruction in the Intermediate Grades (3 units)
EDRG 5250 Reading/Language Arts: Assessment and Evaluation (3 units)
EDRG 5910 Practicum in Reading Language Arts (3 units)
(Note: EDRG 5250 is a pre-requisite for enrollment in this course.)
Total = 15 units

Reading Credential

In addition to completion of the above courses for the Reading Certificate (15 units), the following courses must be completed to earn the Reading Credential (30 units).

EDRG 4150 Reading: Literature-Based Instruction for Children (3 units)
EDML 5000 Multilingual Education in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDRG 5350 Reading/Language Arts: Research and Trends (3 units)
EDUC 5400 Teachers as Change Agents, Researchers, and Writers (3 units)
EDRG 5920 Advanced Practicum in Reading and Language Arts (3 units)
(Note: EDRG 5910 is a pre-requisite for enrollment in this course.)
Total = 30 units
(15 units at credential level + 15 units from the certificate level

The above course of study reflects the revised program design submitted to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in January 2001 for approval of the Certificate and Credential programs at CSU, Stanislaus. Approval was awarded in April 2001.

Admission Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A copy of passing CBEST scores (waived for Life Credential holders);
  • A copy of a valid teaching credential
  • University transcripts for coursework completed
  • Verification of one year teaching experience K-12

Before final approval for program admission will be granted, credential candidates must:

  1. Complete at least six (6) units of advanced program coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  2. Pass an admission screening interview with members of the Reading Specialist Credential Program (RSCP) Advisory Committee.

As final conditions for granting the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential, candidates must pass an oral examination, submit a teaching portfolio reflective of program coursework, and verify three years of successful full-time teaching experience (Pre-School through Adult).

Program Philosophy

The philosophical premise of the reading program at CSUS is based on a solid foundation of reading as a balanced perspective involving the four areas of the language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Effective assessment should inform and impact instruction. The concept of the teacher as an active researcher is emphasized.

For additional information regarding the MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading, contact:

Dr. Susan M. Neufeld, MA Program Coordinator
Phone: (209) 664-6719.