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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Reading Instruction Option, M.S.; and Reading Certificate (Added Authorization)

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Education (M.S.) 45 units

The Department of Teacher Education offers four options for the Master of Science in Education degree:

  • Early Childhood Education,
  • Curriculum,
  • Educational Technology Leadership, and
  • Reading Instruction & Reading Certificate (Added Authorization).


Upon admission to the university, a student with a baccalaureate degree usually is in “Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate” standing. An “Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate” student may enroll in those courses for which the prerequisites have been met. The department will not count courses taken to remove deficiencies toward degree requirements. No more than 13 units taken in “Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate” status can be applied toward a master’s degree. This includes approved credit-bearing extension courses, transfer courses, and residence courses taken before admission to the master’s degree program. Lower division, non-credit Extension, and Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail) courses are not applicable to the degree except courses offered only for Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail). Filing for a substitution for this last item is up to the student. Seven units of coursework from a basic credential program (Multiple or Single Subject) may be applied toward a master’s degree.

A student with minor deficiencies in the requirements below may be admitted to a program as a “Conditionally Classified Graduate” student.

To be awarded “Classified Graduate” standing, a student must:

  1. have a GPA if 3.0 or better in all upper division work in the major and in all post-baccalaureate work;
  2. hold a valid teaching credential and/or show evidence of successful classroom teaching experience as determined by the department. (May be waived for a student in the Option in Early Childhood Education.);
  3. have met the University Writing Skills Requirement. (For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661)

Advancement to Candidacy

To be Advanced to Candidacy for the degree, a student must:

  • have met the University Writing Skills Requirement;
    • (For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661)
  • be a “Classified Graduate” student in good standing;
  • have completed at least 35 quarter units considered by the Department to be applicable toward the degree requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • have an approved program of study for the degree (on a Major Check Form) signed by the advisor;
  • have completed or be currently enrolled in TED 6020, Research in Education;
  • have been approved for Advancement to Candidacy by the department on recommendation of faculty teaching in the student’s area of study-
    • This is initiated by filing the form, Petition to Establish Thesis/Project Committee, with a thesis or project abstract attached, or by obtaining permission to register for the Graduate Synthesis course.

GPA Requirement

A student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 ar higher in all courses taken in the approved program signed by the advisar, whether the courses are taken at Cal State East Bay or elsewhere. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probationary status, will be subject to disqualification from the program, and may be recommended for dismissal from the university. (The department also requires that the use of the “CR/NC” grade option in any course applied to a master’s and/or certificate program must be approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator.)

Degree Requirements (45 units)

To receive the M.S. degree in Education, a student must have:

  1. been Advanced to Candidacy;
  2. completed 45-53 quarter units of approved graduate work, subject to the following conditions:
    • all units must have been earned within the past five (5) years immediately preceding completion of the requirements for the degree;
    • no fewer than thirty-two (32) quarter units may have been completed in residence (i.e., after admission to the program, as a regularly matriculated student) in the graduate program at Cal State East Bay;
    • no fewer than three (3) nor more than six (6) quarter units may have been assigned to a University Thesis nor more than five (5) to a Department Thesis or Project, nor fewer than four (4) in the Graduate Synthesis course;
    • no more than thirteen (13) quarter units of approved courses may be transferred from another institution, taken through approved extension courses (including Open University), or taken as an “Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate” student;
    • at least twenty-two and one-half (22.5) quarter units must have been in courses in the 6000 series or equivalent graduate level; 
  3. satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement; (For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661);
  4. earned at least a 3.0 GPA in all post-baccalaureate work and in all graduate work at Cal State East Bay and in all units satisfying the requirements of the degree program;
  5. completed a University Thesis acceptable to the university, or a Department Thesis or Project acceptable to the department faculty, or completed the Graduate Synthesis course which includes passing a Comprehensive Examination;
  6. met, within five (5) years of admission to the program, the specific requirements of that program.


A student must apply to graduate and request a degree check during the first two (2) weeks of the quarter prior to the quarter in which completion of the program is expected. Students must apply online and pay the required fee.

Core Foundation Courses (4-12 units)

The following foundation course is required for all options in the M.S. in Education program:

Capstone Requirements (4 units)

Pending Department and Professor approval, all M.S. in Education students must complete one (1) capstone course for a minimum of 4 units from the following:

Option Requirements (16-29 units)

Students must choose one (1) of the following options to complete the M.S. in Education degree:

The M.S. in Education, Online Teaching and Learning Option is an online-only program offered through the Division of Continuing and International Education (DCIE), University Extension and has different requirements for completion:


Reading Instruction Option (29 units)

The Department of Teacher Education at California State University, East Bay offers two levels for graduate study in the area of reading and language arts:

  1. The Reading Certificate (Added Authorization) is granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) upon recommendation by Cal State East Bay. It authorizes service as a reading specialist at a school site. This program is 20 quarter units.
  2. The Master of Science Degree, with an Option in Reading Instruction is granted by Cal State East Bay. Candidates who have earned the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization), or previously earned the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential, are eligible to continue their graduate studies and earn the M.S. degree. This program is 45 quarter units:
  • 20 units for the Reading Certificate (Added Authorization), and 9-25 additional (approved) elective units.

Students must demonstrate potential to become a leader in reading and language arts curriculum and instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an M.S. in Education, Option in Reading Instruction from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of theory and research on an effective culture of literacy for diverse pre-kindergarten through high school students, their families, and communities;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of research-based instructional practices in each component of literacy and the ability to assess, instruct, and provide intervention for each component of literacy instruction, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, oral language development, reading and listening comprehension, and vocabulary development, and writing;
  3. Plan and implement successfully a balanced literacy environment, including the selection and use instructional materials, technology, routines, and strategies that are appropriately aligned with students’ assessed language and literacy needs; and
  4. Complete an action research project in the field of literacy, including a review of the research literature, planning and implementing an instructional unit, and an analysis of student learning and research results.

Reading Instruction Electives

The remaining 25 units of electives for the MS degree (Reading Instruction Option) must be approved by the advisor.  Units may be from an accredited credential program, provided the units are no older than 7 years when the student graduates.

Course Descriptions

Use this link to see all Course Descriptions  available throughout this catalog.

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.

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