You are invited to change your world, one life at a time.

At Vanguard, we see every child as a gift from God, full of potential, deserving of a caring and highly qualified teacher. We will equip you to be that teacher.

Choose from the following program options:


Teaching Credential – For candidates seeking the Single Subject Teaching Credential for secondary teaching or the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for elementary teaching. May be completed in two semesters. Prerequisite coursework for the credential may require an additional semester of study.

MA in Education – May be completed in four semesters (two years). Includes coursework options in the following areas:

Combined Teaching Credential and MA in Education – May be completed in four semesters (two years). Prerequisite coursework for the credential may require an additional semester of study.

Additional Information:

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.

Schedule Flexibility

Classes are scheduled for evenings, late afternoons, and weekends, designed to fit a working teacher’s hectic schedule. You can receive a teaching credential after just 25 units of study.

The Ideal Location

Located near the 55 and I-405 freeways in Costa Mesa, Vanguard University is surrounded by major Orange County school districts.

This Program is Proven!

“Your program has been able to accomplish the collaborative model that very few teacher education programs have been able to replicate.”
Jan Fisher, consultant to NMUSD and UCI Teacher Education Program

“Your teachers are exactly what I want at my school.”
Lynn Maher, High School Principal

“I have an opening, and it has to be a teacher from Vanguard University.”
Helen Feinberg, Principal

“There is an energy and charisma in the program. I want to get involved.”
Bonnie Brigman, Mentor Teacher

“Vanguard University teachers are a gold mine.”
Steve Mullen, Administrator