Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading

Admission to Program

For matriculated students, admission to the Certificate in Teaching Post–Secondary Reading program requires completion of the internal English Department application, which should be submitted to the department. The application is available in the main department office, or at english.sfsu.edu, and must be submitted prior to the first semester of certificate coursework.

Anyone who wishes a certificate but is not currently a matriculated graduate student will need to apply to the University, using the published admissions process, before being considered for admission to the composition or reading certificate programs. For information about how to complete this application, students should consult the appropriate graduate coordinator of the Division of Graduate Studies.

Students interested in admission need not have completed undergraduate degree programs in English literature or language studies, nor need they be enrolled in master's programs offered in the Department of English. Graduate students from master's programs offered in this department should contact their advisors to find out how many of the courses taken for the composition or reading certificates may be used to meet degree requirements in their M.A. program. Graduate students from master's programs offered in other departments should contact their advisor to find out how many of the courses taken for composition or reading certificates they may use to meet degree requirements in their M.A. program.

Upon completion of all the certificate courses, for the final award of the degree, students must fill out a CAP form (Certificate Approved Program) available on the Graduate Studies website, pay the $7.00 application fee at the Cashier's Office, and submit the form to the Composition Office in the Humanities Building, Room 480.

All certificate candidates should familiarize themselves with the general guidelines for earning a certificate on this campus. A student planning to earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate must meet the requirements listed in the Certificate Programs section of this Bulletin. Any student who wishes to apply for the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Composition must consult their advisor immediately to find out how best to proceed.

Teaching Post–Secondary Reading Certificate — 12 units

Core Courses (12 units)

ENG 701Theoretical Backgrounds in Community College and College Reading Instruction3
ENG 709Seminar in Teaching Integrated Reading and Writing3
ENG 710Course Design in Composition and Post-Secondary Reading3
ENG 715Pedagogy and Practice of Postsecondary Reading3

Applicants admitted for the fall semester should take the following courses in order to complete the certificate in one academic year:

Applicants admitted for the spring semester will receive advising based on the availability of spring courses. Because of the rotation of course offerings, spring admission entails a minimum of three semesters to complete the Certificate in Teaching Post–Secondary Reading.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Students will meet Level One requirements in their home department.

Level Two

Students must earn a grade of B or better in all of the required courses.