Elementary Education

Language & Literacy Option

Spring 2021 Application Deadline:
January 1st, 2021

Language & Literacy Option

Start Dates: Spring 2021

Graduate Adviser: Dr. Joyce Burstein

Reading, Language and Literacy Coordinator: Dr. Mira Pak

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.

Program Prerequisites
Admission to the University
Preliminary Teaching Credential 

ENGL 405 Language Difference and Language Change

* If determined needed by the Graduate Advisor 

For Classified Status
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
Note: A co-requisite for the M.A. in Elementary Education Degree is a clear teaching credential.
Degree Requirements
*First course in all program options
Elementary Education Department core courses (9 units)
*EED 601 Curriculum, Instruction and the Reflective Teacher
EED 602 Applying Technology to Curricular Goals
EED 610 Research In Education
Required Courses (17 units)
EED 621 Language, Literacy and Culture Across the Curriculum 
EED 625A Literacy Assessment And Teaching Strategies A            
EED 625 AL Literacy Assessment And Teaching Strategies Lab A    
EED 625 B Literacy Assessment And Teaching Strategies B            
EED 625 BL Literacy Assessment And Teaching Strategies Lab B     
EED 626 Literacy Instruction For English Learners [K-12]           
EED 633 Seminar In Elementary School Language Arts Educ.      
Electives (3 -6 units)
Elective Courses to be selected through consultation with the student and graduate advisor.
Culminating Experience
EED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies OR
EED 698 Thesis or Graduate Project