Literacy Center

Opened in September 2001, the Literacy Center provides tutoring facilities for the candidates within our Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential Program. The University of La Verne is proud to be one of only three private Southern California Universities to offer the Reading Certificate, Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential, and Master of Education in Reading.

The University of of La Verne Reading Department offers professional educators three programs to increase their effectiveness in the areas of reading education: The Reading Certificate, The Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential, and The Master of Education in Reading. Designed for classroom teachers, teacher specialists, and administrators, the programs may be pursued concurrently.

Reading Certificate and Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential These programs offer theoretical foundations and practical application opportunities for professional educators who desire to develop their skills and knowledge in the area of reading education.

Admission Requirements
  • Admission to Graduate Standing (same requirements as Master of Education degree program)
  • Possession of a basic teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Passing score on CBEST
  • Credit in a Commission-approved teaching of reading course.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study, and a GPA of 3.0 or above for any graduate work
  • Demonstrated ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study

 Master of Education in Reading (30 units) This advanced degree program for education professionals integrates theory and practice to enhance knowledge and skills applicable to the area of literacy.

All Certificate and Credential Courses (27 units), plus one additional course:
RDG 598 Development of Reading Intervention Programs (3 more units)


Reading Certificate (12 units)

RDG 510 Foundations of Emergent Literacy Instruction (3)
RDG 514 Literacy Assessment and Interpretation (3)
RDG 516 Processes of Comprehending and Composing (3)
RDG 518 Language Acquisition and Schema Development (3)

Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential (15 additional units)

RDG 520 Principles of Adolescent Literacy Development (3)
RDG 521 Literature for Children and Young Adults (3 units)
RDG 524 Research Design and Statistical Procedures (3 units)
RDG 525 Literacy Research, Theory, and Applications (3)
RDG 530 Reading Specialist Leadership Roles (3)

M.Ed Reading (3 additional units)
RDG 598 Development of Reading Intervention Programs (3 units)

Program Requirements
Students in the ULV reading programs must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. All degree coursework must be completed within five years of registration as a graduate student. To accommodate students’ professional schedules and personal needs, courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings. All students must have Internet access capability.

Transfer Requirements
Up to six semester hours of credit may be transferred into a University of La Verne graduate degree program if:

  •  the units were acceptable as graduate degree coursework in transferring school,
  • the units are applicable to the chosen degree program at the University of La Verne,
  • a grade of “B” or better was earned for the units, and
  • the coursework was taken from an accredited institution within five years prior to transfer to the University of La Verne.