Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential

Provides advanced preparation enabling candidates to become effective leaders and specialists in the field of reading and language arts for grades K-12.

The program is designed for professionals who wish to explore issues related to the teaching of literacy skills to linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. The program aims to produce leaders who can provide intellectual leadership in the field and who are prepared to work at the intersection of theory and practice. Program graduates are employed as classroom teachers, resource teachers, reading clinic specialists, and staff developers in both the public and private sectors.

  • Program housed in the Department of Elementary Education.
  • Coursework closely aligned with the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential Program.
  • Course-work closely aligned with Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program

Application Deadline

  • Applications for Fall semester admission are due March 15th.
    (if the due date is on a holiday or weekend, the form is due on the following business day)
     
  • Applicants are accepted for Fall semester admission only.

Program Requirements

  • Possession of an elementary or secondary education teaching credential or 24 units of professional coursework directly relevant to education.
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience.
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA for the last 60 units.

Application Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Application fee $55
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report (international students only)

See Step 1 below for instructions.

  • Department application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) from every college or university attended
  • Resume or CV

See Step 2 below for instructions.


How to Apply

Download the program application forms


Step 1: Application to Division of Graduate Studies 

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.

1. Apply to graduate study through CSU Mentor, SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs. The application fee is $55 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

 

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended.
  • $55 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

 

Send the above documents to:
Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132


Go to Domestic Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website

1. Apply to graduate study through CSU Mentor, SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attende
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
  • $55 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

 

Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA


Go to International Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website

Step 2: Application to Elementary Education Department

You must also apply directly to the specific department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

  • Applicants to this program must submit the following:
  • Completed EED department application form

  • A clear and well-organized statement of purpose that:

    • Describes your current professional competencies & goals, and your goals for graduate school and the future, as it relates to the program

    • Demonstrates written English language proficiency

  • Two letters of recommendation:

    • One from a professor or instructor that describes your academic ability to pursue graduate work

    • One from an administrator or other professional educator that describes your professional experiences teaching young children

    • Address the letters on a letterhead to the Language and Literacy Coordinators: Dr. Marguerite Conrad and Dr. Homayoun Ali Borjian

  • Unofficial transcript(s) from every college or university attended

  • Current and complete resume or CV

 

Send to:
Attn: Assistant to the Masters Coordinators
San Francisco State University
Department of Elementary Education, COE
1600 Holloway Ave, BH 179.
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158
Attn: Assistant to the Masters Coordinators


Step 3: Confirm Admission Status

After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the Elementary Education Department at (415) 338-3413 or gradeed@sfsu.edu.