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Postsecondary Reading and Learning Certificate

This 12-unit, graduate-level, online certificate program provides a cutting-edge curriculum that meets the emerging needs for community college faculty in the area of postsecondary reading. The certificate satisfies the California mandate under AB 1725 requiring certification in adult reading instruction for community college teachers of English.

If you want to learn more about the program, this presentation provides a brief overview, including goals, procedures and course descriptions; you can also review the transcript of this presentation. For more information on the program, please read our frequently asked questions.

Application Process

Before registering for classes, you must be accepted into the program. You can apply by submitting our online application form. The form takes about 15-30 minutes to complete, and it will give you the opportunity to share your educational background and relevant work experience. You will also be asked about your technology knowledge and skills, your abilities to be an online learner, and your professional goals related to completion of the certificate.

To qualify for the program, you must have completed a BS or BA from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted for that degree.


READ 505 Foundations of Postsecondary Literacy and Learning

READ 507 Literacy in the Academic Disciplines

READ 516 Literacy Assessment and Analysis for Instruction

READ 587 Program Management in Postsecondary Literacy and Learning

Non-California Residents

Due to state and federal regulations, non-California residents may only enroll in CSUF online courses when their state has authorized CSUF as a provider. Click here for more information.

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Winter / Spring 2020

The audience would be anyone who is interested in working in the postsecondary reading and learning environment - classroom setting, learning assistance program, tutorial services, advisement offices, student services administration, business/industry and workplace settings, etc. They might also be participating in this certificate program to improve chances of advancement in their current professional setting or to seek another professional focus.

Prerequisite: notification of official admission into the Postsecondary Reading and Learning Certificate Program or appropriate classified graduate standing.

Karen Agee
Past President-College Reading and Learning Association, University of Northern Iowa
Janet M Bagwell
Co-Chair, Reading Department, Saddleback College
Jordan Irwin Fabish
Instructor, Reading Program, English Department, Long Beach City College
Russ Hodges
President-College Reading and Learning Association, Texas State University, San Marcos
Rick Stepp-Bowling
Co-Chair, Learning Assistance Center, Mount San Antonio College

Program Details

Location: Online
Length: 1 year
Cost: $4,887
Next Start: Fall 2019

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