MA in Teaching Reading


The Master of Arts in Teaching Reading/Reading Certificate Program (MATR) is designed to help teachers follow USF’s mission to pursue social justice and the common good by ensuring that all students have fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in literacy.

With our combination of rigorous coursework and intensive fieldwork, graduates of the MATR Program are well-prepared reading professionals.
The USF program is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

The program is designed to enable teachers to:

  • Assess student reading and provide reading instruction in response to those assessments
  • Develop, implement, and adapt reading curriculum and instruction
  • Assist classroom teachers in the prevention and intervention of reading difficulties
  • Serve at one or more school sites at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential

Video: The summer reading program is a partnership between the USF Masters in Teaching Reading program and MoMagic, a non-profit neighborhood-based organization and the Heart-to-Heart program of the Schools of the Sacred Heart.

MATR candidates teach the program as the culminating practicum for the CA reading certificate. Students come from 3 summer enrichment programs in the Western Addition under the MoMagic umbrella. Staff from those programs team teach with the USF candidates. The Heart-to-Heart program provides classroom space, materials and supplies.

Degree Options

MA in Teaching Reading with CTC Reading Certificate

Students may complete the program in either of the following ways:
See MATR curriculum

  1. Complete USF's teaching credential program and add the master's/certificate for 16 additional credits; or
  2. Enroll in the master's/certificate program without the credential option and complete 30 credits of study in the area of reading and language arts. This option is only open to students who already hold a valid California teaching credential.

Certificate only option:

matr_bookhandsCandidates who already possess a California teaching credential may opt to complete only the courses required for the Certificate in Teaching Reading issued by the CTC. With this option, students complete the 16 credits of coursework leading to the certificate without pursuing a master's degree.

The CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing will issue a Certificate in Teaching Reading when candidates complete required coursework and have three years of teaching experience as teacher of record. See CTC requirements for the reading certificate.

Note: Reading certificate only candidates who are not seeking a master's degree are not eligible for federal student loans. These students can apply for private student loans to subsidize the cost of the program. Private loan availability will vary from lender to lender. Please contact One Stop for further information.

Program Structure

The teaching reading program is organized as a cohort program:

  • All students begin at the same time and complete the program together
  • All courses are offered in a flexible evening and weekend format to meet the needs of working educators
  • New students are admitted once per year, with cohorts beginning each May.