More information on the Master of Arts in Reading

Our official website is online.  It is more complete than this website.  Please take a look.

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For now, I’m using this website until our official website is ready.  We are currently accepting students for August 2011.  If you want to find out more about the Master’s in Reading, contact Glenn DeVoogd at 559 278-0279 or email me at

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Courses Required

Schedule of the Master of Arts in Reading

The schedule of the Master of Arts in Reading features  engagement with ideas written in prominent texts and journal articles in the field of reading, videos of classroom scenarios online, bi-weekly synchronous discussions, and rigorous application of theory and research to common educational practice.

Online Master’s in Education with an Emphasis in Reading Instruction

Semester 1 (normally fall)
LEE 278 Literacy Processes & Practices (3)  Dr. Imelda Basurto
LEE 213 Teaching the Language Arts, K-12 (3) Writing Requirement* Dr. Glenn DeVoogd
Semester 2 (normally spring)
LEE 215 Language Issues in Reading (3) Dr. Tony Vang
LEE 224 Assessment & Development of Reading Abilities (3) Elective Dr. Steven Hart
Semester 3 (normally summer)
ERA153 Educational Statistics (3)** Dr. David Tanner
ERA 220 Educational Research (3)  Dr. Jason Immekus
Semester 4 (normally fall)
LEE 244 Research for Reading Professionals (3)  Dr. Elaine Garan
LEE 214 Literature for Children & Young Adults (3) Elective Dr. Glenn DeVoogd
ERA288 Program Measurement and Evaluation (3) Dr. Ron Unruh
Semester 5 (normally spring)
LEE 298A/299Thesis or Project (4) Any of the professors listed
LEE216 Strategic Writing K-12 Dr. Joanne McKay (3)
Total of 33 units

*The Writing Requirement will be evaluated in LEE213 by writing a research based literacy paper of about 10 pages.

**ERA153 Statistics is a prerequisite to ERA220.  ERA153 is not a master’s course.  Master’s candidates may be able to substitute another statistics course for ERA153.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.     Exact title of degree or certificate program?

Master of Arts in Reading.

2.     Is this a cohort model or can a student enter at any time?

Cohort model

3.     If cohort, when is the next cohort scheduled to begin?

Cohort begins in Fall 2011.

4.     Describe your audience.

Teachers holding a bachelor’s degree.  Teachers who want to teach at the community colleges or university reading development classes.

5.     What careers (or promotions) can a student expect to enter upon earning this degree?

Classroom teacher, reading consultant, reading resource teacher, reading clinician, resource for publishers, informed administrator, reading coordinator, informed parent, college instructor, and teacher leader. Individuals with a Master’s degree in Reading earn from $4,000 to $8,000 more per year according to

6.     Why would a student wish to earn this degree and what’s special about this degree from Fresno State?  Expert faculty, special accreditation of college or academic department, nationally recognized program, for example.

The Reading program at California State University, Fresno is a national leader in many areas in reading instruction.  California State University, Fresno has an award-winning, nationally recognized faculty who publish in the top journals and write best-selling textbooks in the field of reading.  It is the home site for the Renaissance Group, a consortium of 20 middle sized universities whose mission is to improve teacher education at regional universities.  Fresno State’s library is probably the best library in the CSU system and hosts the best research library for children’s literature on the west coast.


7.     Who is eligible to apply?

Teachers holding a bachelor’s degree.

8.     Admission requirements? Also list pre-requisite courses.

GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 units earned toward the bachelor’s degree.

9.     What is the course delivery mode?  Face to face location, hybrid, online, evenings, weekends, accelerated, etc.?

Online and mostly asynchronous.

10.  How long will it take to complete the degree or certificate program?

5 semesters, beginning Fall 2011, and concluding with Spring semester  2013.

11.  How many units are required to earn the degree or certificate?

33 units

12.  Please give a 2-4 sentence description of the content of the degree or certificate program.   The classes will be conducted in English.


13.  Provide a list of the courses, course number and title with number of units.

See attached.


14.  How much will it cost?

$275 per unit.  Financial Aid is available for qualified students.  Students will be enrolled in two or three classes per semester.

15.  How do I apply?

Complete the California State University, Fresno graduate application at  and submit official transcripts to University Admissions—Graduate, 5150 N. Maple, Ave., M/S JA 57, Fresno, CA  93740-8026.

Submit a separate application to the Kremen School of Education to with an unofficial copy of your transcripts to or mail it to the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Attn: Graduate Technician, Maria Elrod, 5005 N. Maple Ave., M/S 301, Fresno, CA  93740-8025.

16.  Name, email, address and phone number of Program Coordinator to be listed as the contact person.

Dr. Glenn DeVoogd

Professor and Chair, Department of Literacy and Early Education

5005 N. Maple, M/S ED202

California State University, Fresno

Fresno, CA  93740


559-630-5016 cell



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