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California Preliminary Credential Program

Preliminary Credential Program

Our Preliminary Credential Program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential with EL Authorization. The EL Authorization prepares candidates to teach students who are English Language Learners (ELL).

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A graduate program application with corresponding fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing potential success in a teacher education program
  • An interview with Graduate Education personnel and acceptance by the Director
  • A cumulative 2.7 GPA in undergraduate work is required for regular standing admission into the credential program
    • Students with a 2.5-2.69 GPA may be admitted on a probationary status
      • The probationary student will be eligible for regular standing in the credential program upon completion of the following
        3 conditions:
        1. Student must complete an additional 6-15 units of post-baccalaureate course work with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. All course work must be pre-approved and completed at VU prior to enrolling in the Credential Program.
        2. Student must complete the Credential Program with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
        3. Student will meet with the Coordinator and/or Director for a progress evaluation conference.
    • The B.A. grade point average requirement is waived for a candidate with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

  • Verification of passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) by presenting passing scores. The CBEST should be taken at least 6 months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.
    • Achieve Qualifying Score on SAT or ACT:
      • SAT – Math – 550; Critical Reading – 500
      • ACT – Math – 23; English – 22
    • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
      • Scores of 3 or above in one of the following: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics
      • Scores of 3 or above in one of the following: AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition

Verification of passing scores on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Scores are due May 20 for fall or November 20 for spring in order to begin Early Supervised Fieldwork. The CSET exams should be taken at least 6 months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.

  • A student who otherwise meets admission requirements may be considered for provisional standing to the Program on a case-by-case basis prior to passing the CSET exams. The student recognizes that the CSET must be passed before beginning Early Supervised Fieldwork semester. If the student does not provide evidence of passing the required tests by May 20 for fall semester or November 20 for spring semester, the student must enroll in the 3 semester credential plan.
  • Or verification of a Subject Matter Waiver

Clearance Process

Beginning Student Teachers must complete a clearance process prior to entering the classroom. Detailed information about this process is available here

School Site Student Placements

Student teaching placements will be made by the department in local partner schools to satisfy the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements. Once classes have begun and arrangements have been made for student teaching placement, changes in placement are not logistically feasible. Any placement outside a 12-mile radius of the Vanguard University campus requires a minimum payment of $150 to cover additional mileage for the University Supervisor. See the Student Teaching Coordinator for additional information.

Clinical Practice for Full-time Student Teaching

Single Subject candidates will complete their student teaching experience in grades 7-12. Multiple Subject candidates will complete their student teaching experience in grades K-6. Student teaching is a full day experience, five days per week. The Preliminary Credential requires that the candidate complete a student teaching experience in a multicultural, multilingual environment. All assignments must be completed under the supervision of a credentialed master teacher and in the subject matter area that will appear on the student’s credential. A University Supervisor will be assigned to each student teacher for supervision and support. It is important to remember that student teaching is a full-time experience and requires focus and attention. An additional student teacher fee per unit is charged at the time of registration.

Time Limit

All work for the preliminary credential must be completed in 5 years. Time spent on leave of absence is included in the 5-year time limit for the credential. A credential student who interrupts the sequence of study may be subject to changes in requirements when returning, particularly for CTC credentialing modifications.

Credential requirements may change at any time during a student’s program based on CTC changes and/or legislative action.

First Semester

EDUG-508 Language and Culture in Context: 2 credits

EDUG-509/524 Foundations in Teaching: 2 credits

EDUG-523/526 Instructional Design & Subject Specific Pedagogy: 4 credits

EDUG-525/535 Early Supervised Fieldwork: 4 credits

Multiple-Subject

EDUG-519 English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms: 3 credits

Single-Subject

EDUG-544 Language Acquisition for Secondary Students: 1 credit

EDUG-548 Metacognition/Reading Strategies for Secondary Students: 1 credit

EDUG-551 Literacy in the Content Areas for Secondary Students: 1 credit

Second Semester

EDUG-587/589 Clinical Practice Fieldwork: 8 credits

Credential and Master of Arts in Education Combined

Our combined Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education program is completed after only twelve additional units (four classes). This Master’s degree may be completed all together with the credential in four semesters (two years) after completing the combined total of 37 units. All work toward the Master’s degree must be completed within 7 years from the time of official admission into the Graduate Program in Education. Time spent on leave of absence is included in the 7-year time limit for the M.A. degree.

Master of Arts in Education Admission Requirements

A minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work is required for regular standing.

  • A student with a 2.7-2.9 GPA in all undergraduate work is eligible for admission with provisional standing. The student is eligible for regular standing upon successful completion of the first required 12 graduate units of the program with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • A student with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.69 may be admitted with provisional standing on a probationary status. Upon completion of the following 3 conditions, the student will be eligible for regular standing:
    • Complete an additional 6-15 units of post-baccalaureate course work with a 3.0 GPA or above. All course work must be pre-approved and completed at VU prior to enrolling in the EDUG 500 series.
    • Student must complete the first required 12 graduate units of the program with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    • Student will meet with the M.A. cohort professor for a progress evaluation conference to determine continuation in the degree program.
  • The grade point average requirement is waived for a candidate with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

It is strongly recommended that students have taken a statistics course before beginning the M.A. Core component.

First Semester

EDUG-605 Current Issues in Education: 2 credits

EDUG-606 Introduction to Educational Research: 4 credits

Second Semester

EDUG-609 Curriculum Design and Teaching: 2 credits

EDUG-610 Educational Assessment and Evaluation: 4 credits

EDUG 605 must be taken as the first course of M.A. Core. EDUG 605 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 606. EDUG 610 must be taken as the final course of the M.A. Core. EDUG 609 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 610.

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