Program Overview

California State University in Fresno offers an innovative online degree program, which aims to satisfy a busy professional student’s need for higher education while staying committed to current careers, community involvement or family. The Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in Reading/Language Arts may be completed entirely through a virtual classroom, allowing students the flexibility to earn a degree to pursue advanced career opportunities. 

The Reading/Language Arts program is designed for graduates of a Bachelor program who are seeking to enhance their understanding of critical reading and language applications in an educational environment. The advanced curriculum intends to prepare educators to specialize in reading/language arts as well as increase their abilities to perform as leaders in the field. Graduate students will partake in coursework suitable for classroom and resource teachers, development specialists and supervisors. The core Reading/Language Arts courses delve into specialized concepts of interest such as: Teaching the Language Arts, K-12 (with a focus on technology), Literacy Processes & Practices, and Assessment and Development of Reading Abilities.

Students will complete all required coursework in addition to satisfying a capstone course project or passing a comprehensive final exam. This master's degree provides specialized preparation in reading/language arts for classroom and resource teachers, for reading and language development specialists, and for clinic and curriculum supervisors. Graduates may continue upon successful completion of the Master's in Education degree to become administrators, community college teachers, Reading/Language Arts consultants, establish private teaching practices, work with publishing companies or advance in positions of leadership in educational settings. 

A Reading Specialist Credential can be achieved by taking two additional fieldwork classes: Supervised Teaching in Reading/Language Arts (small group instruction) and Clinical Experiences in Reading Assessment and Instruction (tutoring).

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    California State University, Fresno began as a normal school for teachers in 1911. The first commencement, held in 1912, conferred degrees to 31 women and just two men. In 1961, Fresno State joined the California State University system, and adopted the current name in 1972. The University continues growing, and most recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Today, Fresno State offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

    Fresno State houses eight schools and colleges, giving students a vast array of degree options. The Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State incorporates diverse learning environments, including credit and non-credit coursework delivered via workshops, on weekends, and online.


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