Master of Science in Education

Option in Reading Instruction

Improve literacy for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Acquire in-depth knowledge that will strengthen your leadership, teaching, assessment, and remediation skills.


Take the Lead to Improve Literacy

Cal State East Bay’s MS in Reading Instruction program provides you with the knowledge and practical training needed to lead the fight against illiteracy. Courses are held in a hybrid format, including online components as well as face-to-face meetings at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. This format not only provides you with flexibility but also ensures you have on-going interaction with fellow students and interactive feedback from your instructor.


Flexible hybrid format blends in-class courses with online content

WASC Accredited

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Faculty Excellence

Taught by respected, experienced, faculty in literacy education

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s program, you will earn a Master of Science in Education, Option in Reading Instruction – which positions you well for career advancement.

Your Skills in Action

Participating in the MS in Reading Instruction program will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to improve student reading achievement at all levels. You will gain expertise in a number of areas, including:

The ability to teach reading and related language arts in a variety of educational settings.

Leadership skills in managing and evaluating literacy programs.

In-depth knowledge for remediating all components of literacy programs.

Learn about the exciting opportunities available to you with an MS in Education, Reading Instruction. »

Position Your Students to Succeed

What better way to positively impact young learners than to equip them with solid reading comprehension and application skills? You can put your Master of Science in Reading Instruction to great use, whether you’re evaluating school-wide reading programs or consulting with teachers and administrators about effective reading strategies. Most importantly, you can empower students to face reading challenges with confidence.

Empower students to face reading challenges with confidence.

Occupational Trends

7% Growth

Employment of instructional coordinators (an educational category that includes reading specialists) is expected to increase by 7% from 2014 to 2024.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

$62,270 Salary

The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $62,270 in May 2015.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Big Impact

If a child is not reading proficiently in the 4th grade, he or she will have approximately a 78% chance of not catching up.
— Begin to Read

Lead the Way in Literacy Education

With your MS in Reading Instruction, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to drive advancements in literacy education and improve learning environments for students in your school or community. You’ll be able to apply what you learned immediately and determine what techniques work best in your environment. Through it all, you’ll be well-equipped to lead with skill and confidence.

Upon completion of the program, graduates have become exemplary reading teachers, reading specialists, reading coaches, and literacy leaders for their schools and districts. From student tutoring to literacy program administration to teacher support, you are sure to make an impact in students’ lives.

Completing this course helped me become a full time teacher after being part time for 3 years. I have learned how to better meet the needs of all readers and give students the help and support they need to excel.

Shannon McCarthy Heller
Class of 2013

Program Objectives

Completing Cal State East Bay’s MS in Reading Instruction will provide you with knowledge and skills to:

Serve as a leader by providing guidance in teaching, assessment, and remediation.

Foster reading and writing skills in students at various states of literacy.

Recognize and adapt to social, cultural, and linguistic factors that contribute to student development.

Gain the Skills You Need to Propel Students Forward

Graduate Program Reading Courses are held in a hybrid format, which includes both online and face-to-face components. Face-to-face portions of the course are held at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. With this flexible format, you will have on-going interaction with fellow students and interactive feedback from your instructor.

MS in Education, Option in Reading Instruction

The 45-unit MS in Education, Option in Reading Instruction includes 13 post-baccalaureate units. You may enroll in CSUEB electives (not 7000 level courses) or bring in 13 units of coursework from an accredited credential program completed within five years of the projected MS completion date.

The entire program can be completed in one calendar year (with the inclusion of 13 approved credential program units.)

In addition the above requirements, the University Writing Skills Requirement (required for "Classified Graduate" standing) must be met. See the testing website for more details.

Required Courses

TED 6230 Reading and Language Arts: Literacy Research and Methods 1 (Fluency) 4
TED 6253 Reading and Language Arts: Literacy Research & Methods 2 (Comprehension) 4
TED 6220 Reading and Language Arts: Culture of Literacy: Focus on Diversity 4
TED 6231 Reading and Language Arts: Literacy Assessment & Intervention 1 4
TED 6232 Reading and Language Arts: Literacy Assessment & Intervention 2 4
TED 6250 Reading & Language Arts: Research & Evaluation 4
TED 6020 Research in Education 4
TED 6901 Graduate Synthesis 4

Featured Faculty

Learn from leaders who have been in your shoes. As educators themselves, the faculty of Cal State East Bay’s MS in Reading Instruction program is as passionate as you are about creating an inviting, interactive educational experience…one that will position their students well for the future. In addition to the knowledge you’ll gain from these experts in education, you will also learn how to practically apply that knowledge in your day-to-day activities.

Dr. Shira Lubliner


Each quarter, my students and I embark on a challenging intellectual journey into the future of literacy.

Dr. Shira Lubliner has served in the education field for more than thirty years, working as a classroom teacher and private school principal. As an Associate Professor of Teacher Studies at CSUEB, she brings extensive experience and keen insight to the classroom. She also lends her expertise outside of the classroom, presenting workshops on vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension for teachers throughout the country.

Dr. Lubliner is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books including A Practical Guide to Reciprocal Teaching (Wright Group-McGraw/Hill, 2001); Getting into Words: Vocabulary Instruction that Strengthens Comprehension (Brookes, 2005); and Nourishing Vocabulary, co-authored with Judy Scott (Corwin Press, 2008).

Dr. Linda Smetana


As a Title I reading specialist, literacy leader and special educator for over 30 years, Dr. Linda Smetana brings a wealth of expertise to Cal State East Bay. She serves as a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and as the Coordinator for the Education Specialist Mild Moderate Disabilities Credential and Master’s Programs.

Throughout her career, Dr. Smetana has collaborated with parents, teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals to develop children’s language, literacy and social skills. Her current work incorporates targeted instruction to accelerate the learning of students who are not demonstrating academic progress.

Dr. Smetana began her career in education as an intern at the Harold Jones Child Study Center at UC Berkeley. She also served as the lead teacher in a demonstration early childhood preschool for young children with a variety of academic, language, social, and emotional needs. In this capacity, she developed a model program for young children and their families.

She has presented at national and international conferences and has published in several professional journals. She is active in professional organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, International Reading Association, Literacy Research Association, and the California Association of Professors of Special Education.

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Additional Faculty:

Dr. Diane Mukerjee, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor
Dr. Dana Grisham, Professor

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Ready to Apply?

Please consider the following requirements for admission into the MS in Reading Instruction program:

  1. University Graduate Application and $55 application fee.
  2. Recent Cal State East Bay graduates should complete a “Change of Graduate Objective” in lieu of a University Graduate Application.
  3. Statement of purpose.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. One set of all official transcripts from all schools attended.
  6. Two sets of official bachelor’s degree-bearing transcripts. One set will be sent to Graduate Admissions while the other will be retained in the department file.
  7. A copy of a valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential.
  8. Official CBEST score report (you should also provide a copy of the report along with a self-addressed envelope if you would like your official scores returned to you).

To apply to this program, please complete the University Graduate application through Cal State Apply and a department application. You can find a detailed list of application documents, including the department application form, in the Graduate Reading Program Handbook.

Enrollment Deadlines

In order to secure your spot in Cal State East Bay’s MS in Reading Instruction program, you should apply as soon as possible to be considered for the next cohort start date.

QuarterApplication Filing PeriodTranscripts & Other Documents Due
Summer 2017 2/1/17 - 5/31/17; late applications accepted on a space-available basis 5/31/17

Common Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the program?
Credentialed teachers are eligible to apply.

What courses will I need to take if I completed my credential more than four years ago?
Electives must be post-baccalaureate matriculated courses in education. District programs and professional development workshops are not acceptable unless they are courses taught by Cal State East Bay professors. Dr. Diane Mukerjee, program coordinator, will need to review and approve elective units. Waivers may be available for teachers who completed their credentials within the last six years.

Is individual advising available?
Yes. Please contact Dr. Diane Mukerjee, program coordinator, to make an appointment.

How much does the program cost?
The total estimated cost of the MS in Reading Instruction program is $10,016; $313 per unit. Please note that program tuition fees are subject to change at any time.

What are the financing options available to me?
Financial aid may be available for this program. Visit the Financial Aid Website for more information.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Master of Science in Education, Option in Reading Instruction 

Ideal for: Credentialed teachers who want flexibility and convenience

Program format: Hybrid course includes both online and face-to-face components

Program length: 1 year

Number of courses: 8 courses

Tuition cost: $10,016; $313 per unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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