You don’t work in education because it’s easy; you do it because it matters. You want to be an educator who makes a difference in your students’ lives. That’s what we want, too.
At PLNU, we are here for the same reasons you are: we truly believe in the power of education, and we care deeply about individuals—including you. 
When you earn one or more of our added authorizations or certificates, you will challenge yourself to be more effective in your work. These programs can stand alone or can be incorporated in a master’s degree program. 

Everyone you encounter here will share your goal of better serving your students, from your admissions counselor to your professors. Rest assured, PLNU’s School of Education will take a personal interest in you and care about your concerns, experience, beliefs, and goals.  

Specialized to Your Interests

Learn to successfully serve specific populations and incorporate the latest, research-based and classroom-tested best practices in a highly focused program. Take certificates and added authorizations alone, in combination, or as part of a master’s degree to create your ideal combination.

Convenient for Your Life

Our hybrid format makes these authorizations and certificates work with your career and family obligations. Since PLNU is known for making education personal, you can be sure you will receive the attention and support you need.

Relevant to Your Needs

District partnerships ensure PLNU’s curriculum addresses current needs and topics facing educators. As a Christian university, PLNU equips you to integrate your beliefs, values, and goals with your teaching practice.

If you are a credentialed teacher, this 12-unit added authorization will give you specialized certification to teach reading in the PreK-12 setting. If you have a passion for helping above-average or struggling readers, this authorization can prepare you to help both groups more effectively. The program follows an explicit philosophy and purpose based on current, confirmed, replicable, and reliable research in literacy as referenced in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (Volume 1) and the California Reading/Language Arts Framework.

You may complete the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization on its own or as part of a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning. Upon successful completion of all coursework, you may apply to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization. You must have completed three (3) years of successful K-12 teaching at the time of submission to CTC for this added authorization.

Expected Completion Time

12 - 18 months

Program FormatHybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
Mission Valley
Needed Units to Graduate


Program Start Date

Fall 2016:
Quad 2 - October 24, 2016

Spring 2017:
Quad 1 - January 9, 2017
Quad 2 - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.


$610 (per unit) in San Diego & $595 (per unit) in Bakersfield for the 2016 - 2017 academic year

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Quality & Experience

Reading and Literacy

The Center for Student Success and Career Development provides financial, academic, and career support for students, giving them the tools they need to be successful at PLNU and beyond.

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Important Dates

Program Start Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Application Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - November 29, 2016
Quad II - February 7, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - April 3, 2017
Quad II - May 29, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - July 17, 2017
Quad II - September 11, 2017

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

The Selection Process

To be admitted into PLNU's education program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript.

We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. 

While your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0 or higher, you may still be eligible for admission. Your application package and the exceptions policy for the program are key for the final determination of admission. Please contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

*Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  • Submit online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee—fee waived if applicant is one of the following: PLNU alum, current or former military and their dependents, or PLNU employee). 
  • Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. *If you have higher degree work, transcripts may be submitted but only the baccalaureate transcripts are required.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to: 
      Point Loma Nazarene University 
      Office of Graduate Admissions 
      3900 Lomaland Dr. 
      San Diego, CA 92106
    • Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to: gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
  • Submit personal essay. The essay should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced. 
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years. 
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals. 
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools. 
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  • Provide two professional recommendations—you will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  • For credential seekers only: Submit basic skills exam (CBEST or equivalent) scores. This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam. 
    • OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination.
    • OR passage of the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination.
    • OR Proof of a Valid CA Teaching Credential.

Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for this program.

Financial Aid

The Center for Student Success and Career Development is committed to assist you throughout your educational journey. Your Student Services Counselor will walk you through your payment options, which may include federal student loans, grants, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, and the Tuition Installment Plan. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Services Counselor to learn about the financial opportunities available to you.

Types of Aid

Types of aid available for master’s degree students: 

Potential sources of aid may include:

  • Federal student loans
  • Grants
  • Employer tuition reimbursement process
  • Military and veterans benefits
  • Tuition installment plan

Visit Graduate Student Financial Services for more information.

Still have questions? Our enrollment counselors are here to help.

List of Courses

GED 628 - Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning (2)

This course provides candidates the additional preparation they need to be fluent, critical users of technology, able to provide a relevant education to those who seek life-long learning in an information-based, interactive society. Candidates make appropriate and efficient use of software applications and related media to access and evaluate information, analyze and solve problems, and communicate ideas in order to maximize the instructional process. The use of technology supports teaching and learning regardless of individual learning style, socioeconomic background, culture, ethnicity, or geographic location. Candidates integrate technology-related tools into the educational experience of students, including those with special needs.

GED 696 - Advanced Research-Based Literacy Instruction for all Students (3)

Candidates explore research and best practices related to systematic literacy development at all grade levels and the curriculum to address the specific needs of diverse groups of students. Candidates will learn components of research-based literacy instruction, including oral language development, word analysis, fluency, vocabulary development, listening and reading comprehension, and written language development. Emphasis is given to strengthening skills in aligning State Standards, contents of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (Volume 1) and the California Reading/Language Arts Framework, and assessment results with the selection and appropriate use of instructional strategies, materials and programs. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program.

GED 697 - Advanced Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention for all Students (3)

Candidates implement, manage, and evaluate explicit instruction of comprehension strategies and study strategies, literary response and analysis skills, and all components of the writing process. Candidates focus on providing universal access to narrative and expository texts (including content area textbooks and multicultural literature). Emphasis is given to creating a culture of literacy by aligning State Standards and assessment results with the selection and appropriate use of instructional programs, intervention strategies, and appropriate materials based on current research in literacy. Candidates will have a concurrent experience in a PreK-12 fieldwork setting in order to complete assignments and apply their skills. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program.

GED 689 Master's Research Design - 3 units

This course is designed to explicitly support Master of Arts degree, and Reading and Literacy Added Authorization candidates in developing and internalizing the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to conduct an investigation of primary sources. The course is intended to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to work independently on a problem, to demonstrate wide familiarity with the literature in the field of the program, to demonstrate command of the techniques and principles of research and to demonstrate ability to form valid generalizations from the data used. The candidate’s learning and research previously conducted in the required Master’s level coursework serve as the foundation for developing essential action research or thesis topics. Enrollment spans one semester and must be at the end of the candidate’s coursework and can be concurrent with other coursework. Enrollment in GED689P (.5) is required the two terms immediately following the successful completion of GED689. Portions of the content are offered in an online format. May be repeated. Graded Credit/No Credit.

GED 689P Master's Research Design Support - 1 unit

This course is designed to explicitly support MAT, MA in Special Education, MA in Education, and Reading and Literacy Added Authorization candidates in developing the written product and the oral presentation of a research project developed during the GED 689 course. A faculty mentor is assigned to each candidate to complete a written product and oral presentation representing the research process, which may include implementation and reporting results of an original research experience in a classroom environment. Enrollment in GED689P is required the two terms immediately following the successful completion of GED689, and continuous enrollment is required each quad until the project is completed. This course is to be repeated for a total of 1 unit. Credit/No Credit. Prerequisite(s): GED 689

If you are pursuing this certificate as part of a Master of Arts in Education - Teaching and Learning, you will also take the twenty-one semester units required for the degree


Why PLNU? No matter which PLNU program you decide is right for you, you'll discover the hallmark PLNU experience is designed to give every student the clear framework and professional tools to stand out in his or her field.

Established in 1902, PLNU is located in beautiful San Diego. Our small class sizes, focused faculty attention, and convenient online offerings are just a few of the powerful ways PLNU delivers real value to every student, no matter which physical or virtual campus he or she chooses.

Reading and Literacy Added Authorization


San Diego 
Serina Scott
Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2863

Stephanie Meier
(661) 377-4721
(866) 861-4723