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The Masters of Arts in Reading and Language equips candidates to put literacy theory into practice, to become confident decision makers, and to develop the skills needed to be change agents in the field of literacy. Course work and related experiences focus on the many factors that influence the development of language and literacy skills with particular emphasis on understanding foundational and theoretical perspectives, improving instruction, and understanding relevant research as a means of guiding literacy practice. Coursework examines the reading/writing process, second language acquisition, literacy assessment techniques and the use of literature in the classroom. Graduates of the program obtain a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization concurrently with their Master of Arts degree.


  • Evening classes
  • Blended class options
  • Small class sizes
  • Interactive teaching and learning
  • Summer residency format allows teachers to finish at an accelerated rate
  • Direct and practical classroom application of literacy concepts

Career opportunities

Candidates may elect to pursue the entire program or a portion of the program. All courses for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization can be applied to the master’s degree. The coursework options are designed to meet the needs of those who seek advanced study in the field of literacy.

Program director

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Martille Elias, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Reading and Language


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Heather Rutowicz

Clinical Instructor, Education

Admission requirements

  • Application and fee 
  • Admission  interview 
  • One current professional reference form
  • Official transcripts verifying B.A. degree
  • Statement of Intent 
  • Copy of teaching credential

Course listing

Required Courses (32 Units)

LLC 700Reading Process and Practice3
LLC 708Issues in Literacy: Multilingual Learners3
LLC 715Writing Process and Practice3
LLC 720Language Assessment and Evaluation3
LLC 728Literacy Practicum I: Assisting Struggling Readers2
LLC 731
LLC 732
Literature Study in Classroom
or Adolescent Literature
or 3
ED 779Values in School and Society3
LLC 760Literacy Practicum II: Advanced Literacy2
LLC 767Current Trends in Language and Literacy3
LLC 795Research Methodology in Literacy3
LLC 796ALiteracy Research Project I2
LLC 796BLiteracy Research Project II2


LLC 765Research in Language, Literacy and Culture3