Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Application Instructions

READING & LITERACY  Added Authorization Application Instructions

How to apply:

Candidates will complete either a hard copy application, or an electronic application, depending upon their current enrollment status at SSU. 

Hard copy application: Candidates who are currently enrolled in a Stateside MA or Credential Program at SSU should contact the SoE Credentials Office for a hard copy application. If you are currently enrolled in an MA or Credential Program, you will NOT complete Cal State Apply. 

Email for application: sends e-mail)

Electronic Application: Candidates who are NOT currently enrolled in a post baccalaureate program at SSU will apply to the University and to the program via Cal State Apply. Attach all required supporting documents to Cal State Apply.

Required Documents:

1. Contact the Credentials Office for a School of Education Application if currently enrolled in a postbac program.

2. Official Transcripts: One official transcript from each college or university you have attended. Official transcripts must be submitted electronically to: sends e-mail). Please refer to the SSU website for additional information on submission of official transcripts. SSU: Transcript Submission.

3. Official Letters of Recommendation: Two recent letters of reference (not more than one year old) must be submitted by your recommenders. 

Submission Requirements for Letters: Candidates that complete Cal State Apply MUST have their letters attached to this application by their recommenders. Candidates that only complete the SoE hard copy application will be provided instructions for submission of letters when they request the application from our office.

The letters must address the following:

4. A Professional Statement:  In order for you to document your current views and professional perspectives, please respond in 2-3 typed pages to the following items as part of your program application. Statement must be included with your application packet.

How does advanced study in language and literacy fit into your professional and career path? How do you expect to use the knowledge and leadership skills that you gain?

Select two among the following prompts:

​5. Photocopy of Credential: Please submit a photocopy of a valid Clear or Life California Teaching or Services Credential (printout of your CTC webpage is acceptable).

6. Verification of three years of full-time teaching experience as a Teacher of Record (or appropriate services credential):   Include verification of full-time employment with teaching/services credential. Letter must contain exact dates of employment and state full time status. Letter must be provided by the HR director or Superintendent. Letter must be on letterhead, and have the original signature of HR director or Superintendent. Full-time experience for the is defined as teaching a minimum of four hours per days on a daily basis for at least 75% of a school year. Experience may be accrued in increments of a minimum of one semester. Day-to-day or other short-term substitute experiences are not acceptable.

7. Verification of Background Experience

International Students: Please refer to the SSU website for additional admission criteria, documents and deadlines that are required of an international student.