2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Credential Programs

Teacher Credentials Offered

There are two levels of teaching credentials in California:

  1. Preliminary Credential

3.  Professional Clear Credential

Candidates may apply for the preliminary credential through the School of Education. Students with this credential are certified to teach in California schools for up to five years.

Additional Programs

Preliminary Teacher Credential

Multiple Subject Credential

Note: This credential allows the candidate to teach all the subjects in a self-contained classroom (K-12).

Semester 1
EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 501Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 502Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 551Language and Culture3
Semester 2
EDUC 522Math and Science Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 523Integrated Curriculum Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 560Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDUC 580Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
Semester 3 - Full-time Student Teaching
EDUC 582Student Teaching: Elementary12
Total Units36

Single Subject Credential

Note: This credential allows candidates who desire to teach one subject to groups of students at the middle or high school level. 

Semester 1
EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 501Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 502Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 551Language and Culture3
Semester 2
EDUC 524Secondary Curriculum and Methods4
EDUC 570Content Area Literacy Instruction4
EDUC 581Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
Semester 3 - Full-time Student Teaching
EDUC 583Student Teaching: Secondary12
Total Units36

Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate

Note: This credential authorizes candidates to teach students (K-22) with mild to moderate disabilities including students identified with specific learning disabilities, mild-moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders. Please consult the Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Credential Handbook for additional information.

Semester 1
EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology1
EDSP 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDSP 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDSP 501Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDSP 502Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDSP 551Language and Culture3
Semester 2
EDSP 525Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations3
EDSP 526Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration3
EDSP 560Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDSP 580Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
Semester 3 - Full-time Student Teaching
EDSP 584Student Teaching: Special Education12
Total Units38

Dual Credential: Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Mild/Moderate

Note:  Candidates will complete coursework and fieldwork leading to two separate credentials.  The Multiple Subject credential authorizes candidates to teach all the subjects in a self-contained classroom (K-12).  

The Education Specialist credential authorizes candidates to teach students (K-12) with mild to moderate disabilities including students identified with specific learning disabilities, mild-moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders. 

Semester 1
EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 501Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 502Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 551Language and Culture3
Semester 2
EDSP 525Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations3
EDSP 526Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration3
EDSP 580APracticum: Field Experience II1
Semester 3
EDUC 522Math and Science Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 523Integrated Curriculum Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 560Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDUC 580Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
Semester 4 - Full-time Student Teaching
EDUC 582Student Teaching: Elementary6
EDSP 584Student Teaching: Special Education6
Total Units43

Dual Credential: Single Subject and Education Specialist Mild/Moderate

Note:  Candidates will complete coursework and fieldwork leading to two separate credentials.  The Single Subject credential authorizes candidates to teach one subject to groups of students at the middle to high school level. 

The Education Specialist credential authorizes candidates to teach students (K-12) with mild to moderate disabilities including students identified with specific learning disabilities, mild-moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorders. 

Undergraduate students will need to declare the Dual Credential option by the middle of Block 1 classes:  October 15, March 15 or June 15.

Semester 1
EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 501Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 502Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 551Language and Culture3
Semester 2
EDSP 525Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations3
EDSP 526Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration3
EDSP 560Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDSP 580APracticum: Field Experience II1
Semester 3
EDUC 524Secondary Curriculum and Methods4
EDUC 570Content Area Literacy Instruction4
EDUC 581Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
Semester 4 - Full-time Student Teaching
EDUC 583Student Teaching: Secondary6
EDSP 584Student Teaching: Special Education6
Total Units47

Administrative Services Credential

Note:  This credential is for students seeking to become administrators. Completion of this 24-unit program and CalAPA requirements will allow students to file through CUI's Credential Analyst for a Preliminary Administrative Credential with CTC. Students that apply to this program must have a CA Clear Teaching Credential and have completed two years of successful full-time teaching experience. Full-time service means service for at least a minimum day for 75% of the total days in the school year. Substitute part-time service does not apply. 

EDUA 556Legal and Political Aspects in Education3
EDUA 557Human Resources3
EDUA 558Financial Resources3
EDUA 561Analyzing Data to Inform School Improvement and Promote Equity3
EDUA 562Facilitating Communities of Practice3
EDUA 563Supporting Teacher Growth3
EDUA 590AAdministrative Practicum (A)0
EDUA 590BAdministrative Practicum (B)0
EDUA 590CAdministrative Practicum (C)3
EDUA 591AAdvanced Administrative Practicum (A)0
EDUA 591BAdvanced Administrative Practicum (B)0
EDUA 591CAdvanced Administrative Practicum (C)3
Total Units24
Additional courses required should students want to complete the Master of Arts in Education:
EDUA 516Instructional and Transformational Leadership3
EDUA 517Curriculum Design and Evaluation3

Lutheran Teaching Certificate

Candidates interested in pursuing a Lutheran teaching credential should contact Christ College Ministry Programs or the Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs.

Field Experience

A credential program is much more than face-to-face or online coursework. Candidates must observe and participate in the teaching process. CUI has designed field experiences to help you gain hands-on experiences in teaching. These experiences begin with observation hours and culminate in full-time student teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. Field experiences are detailed in the School of Education Teaching Credential Handbook.

Clear Teacher Credential

The second credential level is the Clear Teacher Credential. To qualify for this credential, preliminary credential holders participate in an Induction program through their school district, county office of education, or an institution of higher education. CUI offers a Teacher Induction program for Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist credential candidates.

The goal of the Teacher Induction program is to support new preliminary credential holders in their beginning teaching experience.  Using guided mentorship, new teachers build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during their preparation programs. Multiple professional development opportunities are offered and the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs) provide the foundation for candidate growth. 

The Teacher Induction Program is typically a two-year program. An Early Completer Option (ECO) is available for those individuals meeting specific criteria.  CUI's Induction program provides face to face and online options. Two of the required courses may be used as graduate electives for those individuals interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction or M.Ed.

Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist-Mild/Moderate or Moderate-Severe Induction Programs
EDUI 592Assessment of Induction and Professional Development Part I3
EDUI 593Assessment of Induction and Professional Development Part II3
EDUI 507New Teacher Support Semester I2
EDUI 508New Teacher Support Semester II2
EDUI 509New Teacher Support Semester III *1
EDUI 510New Teacher Support Semester IV *1

For more detailed information about the professional clear credential, refer to the School of Education's teacher credential handbook.