Why Vanguard University?

Vanguard offers the training necessary to make you one of Southern California’s most sought-after teachers.

The perfect fit for the teacher with a passion for excellence…

  • Complete your teaching credential coursework in 2 semesters.
  • Complete your M.A. in Education with an additional 12 graduate units.
  • Each M.A. option allows you the flexibility to individualize your educational plan to meet your specific professional goals.
  • Program MissionThe mission of the Graduate Program in Education is to provide a supportive, reflective learning community in which teachers develop the professional relationships, skills, and knowledge base necessary to empower ALL students to reach their highest potential. This program integrates vibrant Christian faith with all facets of learning and life.Program learning outcomes for the CA Preliminary Credential (K-12) are established by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and are entitled, California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs):
    1. Candidates build on students’ prior knowledge, life experiences, and interests to engage and support all students in learning
    2. Candidates create and maintain effective environments for student learning by engaging all students in purposeful learning activities
    3. Candidates possess a clear understanding of subject matter and organize instruction for student learning
    4. Candidates plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students that draws on and values students’ backgrounds, prior knowledge and interests
    5. Candidates assess student learning by establishing and clearly communicating learning goals for all students
    6. Candidates reflect on their teaching practice and actively engage in planning their professional development

History of the Graduate Program in Education

In 1967, the University received recognition and approval of its teaching credential program from the California State Board of Education.

In 1994, the University began the Graduate Program in Education, offering the basic California teaching credentials at the graduate level, along with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Education. In 1995, the Master of Science in Education was re-designated a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education. In spring 2016, the credential program received reaccreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing of the SB2042 multiple and single subject credential. Five options are offered in the Master of Arts in Education: Preliminary Credential; Preliminary Credential and Christian Education Leadership; Christian Education Leadership; Induction; Teacher Leadership. Each Master’s option fulfills a specific professional goal.

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