The mission of the Graduate Program in Education is to provide a supportive, reflective community in which teachers develop the professional relationships, skills and knowledge base necessary to empower ALL students to reach their highest spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential. This program integrates vibrant Christian faith with all facets of learning and life.

Deanna Brady, Ed.D., Director

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.


Vanguard University is a member of and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The University has approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the offering of SB 2042 Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject teaching credentials with the EL Authorization, and the fifth year clear credential requirements.

To view the 2013-2014 Title II Annual Report on passing rates on the CBEST, CSET, and RICA exams, program admissions, program enrollment rates, and program completer rates, please follow the link below:

2014-2015 Title II Annual Report

Federal Version of State Reports 

Cal Grant Qualifying Institution Disclosure

Per California Assembly Bill (AB) 2086, the following information is made available to provide access to California license examination passage rates for graduates of Vanguard University program that require California licensure. Data will continue to be updated as California licensing and/or regulatory agencies make the data electronically available.

Web site link:
CTC Information on AB2086 (download PDF)


Institutional Affiliations

Vanguard University is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and is one of 91 members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities which was founded in 1976 to serve and strengthen the deeply-committed Christian liberal arts colleges and universities of this country.

Through the Graduate Program in Education, Vanguard University is affiliated with the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), the California Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (CACTE), the State of California Association of Teacher Education (SCATE), the California Educational Placement Association (CEPA), and the Credential Counselors and Analysts of California (CCAC).