Graduate Certificate in Reading and Literacy

The university offers a variety of programs leading to a certificate of competency in special areas. Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies, or produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline), or provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Courses offered for the certificate may be the same ones used to satisfy major, minor, credential or general education requirements. In order to qualify for a certificate, undergraduate candidates must earn a grade point average of 2.0 ("C") or better in applicable course work. Postbaccalaureate candidates must earn a grade point average of 2.5. Standards for individual programs may exceed this minimum. Candidates must also receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.



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Admission to the Program

Requirements (24 units)

In addition to meeting the general requirements of the university for admission as a postbaccalaureate student, admission to the reading certificate requires the following:

  1. A valid California teaching credential with an English learner authorization; or a clear, full-time designated subjects teaching credential with an English learner authorization, and at least one year of full-time teaching experience;
  2. A 3.0 grade point average in all course work taken in education;
  3. Application packet (obtained from the Department of Language, Literacy and Culture or the College of Education Master's Program Office) which includes information to complete:
    • Program application;
    • Letter of interest which includes experiences working with diverse populations;
    • Three letters of recommendation: one from the candidate's school principal, and two from other district professionals who can speak to the strengths of the applicant's personal qualities and professional qualifications;
  4. Upon completing the application packet, meet with the Reading and Literacy Coordinator to complete the program plan.

Recommendation for the Certificate

In order to be recommended for the certificate, the candidate must have:

  1. Completed all of the prescribed course work with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  2. Verified that all California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards have been met;
  3. Verified at least three years of successful full-time teaching experience in any grades, preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit;
  4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from the coordinator of the program.

Certificate Requirements

Course Number Course Title Units
ERDG 619 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation 4
ERDG 626 Foundations of Literacy 4
ERDG 627 Literacy and Language Processes 4
ERDG 636 Critical Approaches to a Culture of Literacy 4
ERDG 637 Basic Materials and approaches to Literacy 4
ERDG 649 Assessment and Intervention in PreK-12 Literacy 4

Department of Teacher Education and foundations, CE-261, (909) 537-7405.

Term Dates
Late Fee Implemented
Final Day to Register and Pay(Census)
Fall 2018 9/20/18-12/8/18 6/18/2018 8/6/2018 10/10/2018
Winter 2019 1/7/19-3/23/19 11/21/2018 12/10/2018 1/28/2019
Spring 2019 4/2/19-6/15/19 3/5/2019 3/18/2019 4/22/2019
  • Students are not enrolled until the College of Extended Learning has received a signed registration form and applicable fees have been paid.
  • Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Registration forms can be submitted to the College of Extended Learning windows in Sierra Hall 101.
  • Late fees are $25 per class.
  • Census is the final day to register and pay fees. Students must use the Petition process to register after this date. Census is also the last day for students to withdraw from classes without record and receive a 65% refund (at no time are 100% refunds issued).
  • After Census, refunds for dropped classes are no longer issued. Withdrawals after this date will be permissible only for serious and compelling reasons such as serious illness or accident, and students will receive a "Withdrawal" on their records. Documentation is required for these exceptions.

Fees Schedule for 2018-2019

  • 5 units.... $1,300
  • 4 units.... $1,040
  • 3 units.... $780
  • 2 units.... $520
  • 1 units.... $260

Additional fees may be charged for courses that offer laboratory work or individual tutorial instructions.

*Important Student Fees Information: The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep students costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering continuing education courses and programs therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular quarter has begun. All college of Extended Learning fees are subject to change.

Graduate Certificate Process

Steps and procedures for non-degree seeking students

  1. Select your desired Graduate Certificate Program.
  2. Complete preliminary application on the College of Extended Learning (CEL) website.
  3. Anticipate contact from the College from which you are applying to.
  4. Submit your official transcript to the College for review. CSUSB graduates, a transcript is not required.
  5. Upon acceptance to the Certificate Program, the College will provide you with the Graduate Certificate Open University Registration Form and a Program Plan.
  6. Return the approved forms to CEL with the registration fees. Full payment for the first quarter is due at the time of registration.
  7. For enrollment into subsequent courses you must contact the CEL Graduate Certificate Coordinator for registration.
  8. No later than the last term of certificate-applicable study, you must submit an Application for Certificate Programs along with the application fee with the Office of the Registar, Application for Certificate Programs.

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Certificate Completion

No later than the last term of certificate-applicable study, you must submit an Application for Certificate Programs form along with the application fee with the Office of Registrar, Application for Certificate Programs.

* Fees are subject to change