Elementary Education

Language & Literacy Option

Language & Literacy Option

Graduate Adviser: Dr. Alexandria Hollett

For teachers interested in learning about the ever-evolving world of literacy, this option explores current literacy theories and classroom practices relevant to the 21st century literacy needs of today’s students. This program focuses on traditional literacies, multiple literacies, cultural and community literacies, and critical literacies. Teachers who have a passion for literacy and for supporting all students in becoming successful readers, writers, thinkers and speakers will find this program to be a great choice. Through clinical experiences in the Literacy Center on campus and experiences within actual classroom settings, CSUN students are involved in learning, assessing and creating literacy programs and experiences that engage and support all students. Two of the courses provide clinical settings for assessing and assisting children who have been identified as struggling readers in their schools.

The courses provided in this program also meet most of the requirements needed for the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential and many students elect to complete the requirements for both their Master’s Degree and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential simultaneously.

For more information about our MA program, please contact: eed@csun.edu or call 818.677.2621

Admission Prerequisites

  • Admission to the University through Cal State Apply
  • Preliminary teaching credential
  • Bachelor’s Degree from regionally-accredited institution
  • Department Application
  • ENGL 405 Language Difference and Language Change (if determined by Graduate Advisor)

Classified Status & Degree Requirements

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or a university-approved aptitude test for graduate study (GRE or MAT)
  • Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination
  • To remain in the program, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and cannot earn a grade lower than a B- in any class.

Note: A co-requisite for the M.A. in Elementary Education Degree is a clear teaching credential.

Core Courses (9 Units)

*EED 601 Curriculum, Instruction and the Reflective Teacher

*EED 602 Applying Technology to Curricular Goals

EED 610 Research in Education

*Taken first semester in all program options

Required Courses (20 units)

EED 625A/AL  Literacy Instruction and Assessment

EED 625B/BL Literacy Instruction & Assessment

EED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners (K – 12)

EED 628 Language and Literacy Programs: Leadership, Planning and Evaluation

EED 633 Language Arts Seminar

 EED 668 Foundations of Literacy: Theory and Practice

Culminating Experience (3 units)

EED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies OR
EED 698 Thesis or Thesis Project

For anyone wishing to obtain the Reading Specialist Credential, you will need to do all of the above plus:

  • EPC 684 or EED 611
  • SPED 671