The Master of Arts with Preliminary Credential and Christian Education Leadership is intended for the individual who wants to combine a California Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential with additional graduate training in Christian Organizational Management and Leadership, for a Master of Arts in Education. This program includes nine credits of graduate work from the Leadership Studies component of the M.A. Program in Religion. A total of 46 units are required for the Master of Arts in Education with a Preliminary Credential, and Christian Education Leadership Emphasis.

Admission Requirements for the M.A./Preliminary Credential and Christian Education Leadership Program

1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2. A graduate program application with a corresponding fee.

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

4. Three letters of recommendation addressing potential success in a teacher preparation program.

5. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate course work is required for regular standing admission in the degree program, or

A candidate with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7-2.9 may be eligible for degree admission with provisional standing. Upon completion of the first required twelve graduate units of the program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, the student will be eligible for regular standing, or

A candidate 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 three conditions, the student will be eligible for regular standing:

  • To make up for academic deficiencies, student must complete an additional fifteen units of post-Baccalaureate course work with a 3.0 GPA. All course work must be pre-approved and completed at VUSC prior to enrolling in the EDUG 500 series.
  • Student must complete the first required twelve graduate units of the program with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Student will meet with the Director for a progress evaluation conference. The grade point average requirement is waived for a candidate with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

6. Verification of passing the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) by presenting an original 3″ x 4″ transcript card to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students should plan to take the CBEST at least six months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.

7. Multiple Subject Credential: Submit verification of passing scores on the CSET exam. The CSET Examination should be attempted prior to review for admission. Students needing the examination should plan to take the test at least six months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.

8. Single Subject Credential: Submit verification of completion of a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program in an academic field or submit a passing score report for the appropriate subject of the CSET examination. Subject Matter Preparation or the CSET should be verified prior to review for admission. Students needing to take the examination should plan to take the test at least 6 months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.

9. U.S. Constitution: met by POLS 155C or equivalent, or by test.

10. An interview with the Director and/or Candidate Performance Assessment Committee (CPAC).

11. Admission acceptance by the Candidate Performance Assessment Committee (CPAC).

After acceptance into the program, the student must complete the following

1. $100 Enrollment Deposit with Acknowledgement of Acceptance: Upon acceptance, the $100 Enrollment Deposit and Acknowledgement of Acceptance must be submitted to secure a spot in the program.  The Enrollment Deposit will be applied to the first semester’s tuition and is non-refundable.

2. Certificate of Clearance: An application for fingerprint clearance must be submitted prior to beginning the 500-level courses. A fee is required for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Clearance.

3. TB Test Clearance: must be submitted prior to beginning the 500-level courses.

4. Liability Insurance: additional fee required.

5. RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) – MULTIPLE SUBJECT CANDIDATES ONLY: All students pursuing a multiple subject teaching credential must pass the RICA exam prior to applying for the credential. This exam is normally taken after completion of the reading courses.

Prerequisite Requirements for the Preliminary Multiple/Single Subject Credential

  • EDUC 315: Teaching in a Multicultural Setting (3 units) should be completed prior to beginning the 500 series
  • ANTH/ENGL/SPAN 453: Language Culture and Linguistics (3 units)
  • SOCS/MATH 265C: Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 units) is strongly recommended for M.A. students

Program Requirements for the M.A./Preliminary Credential and Christian Education Leadership:

Professional Course Work

13 units

EDUG 500 Mission Statement Development .5 unit
EDUG 558 Preparing to Teach Special Populations .5 unit
EDUG 501 Assessing Socio/Cultural Diversity .5 unit
EDUG 506 Subject Matter Standards and Applications 1 unit
EDUG 507 Assessment of Student Learning .5 unit
EDUG 510 Deductive Methods 1 unit
EDUG 511 Inductive Methods 1 unit
EDUG 512 Cooperative Methods .5 unit
EDUG 514 Curriculum Unit Planning 1 unit
EDUG 520 Classroom Management 1 unit
EDUG 522 Politics and Ethics .5 unit
EDUG 543 Language Acquisition for the Elementary Student 1 unit
or EDUG 544 Language Acquisition for the Secondary Student 1 unit
EDUG 547 The Understanding and Teaching of Reading (Elementary only) 1 unit
or EDUG 548 Metacognition and Reading Strategies for Student Learning (Secondary only) 1 unit
EDUG 550 Literacy Classrooms and Instruction (Elementary only) 1 unit
or EDUG 551 Literacy in the Content Areas
(Secondary only)
1 unit
EDUG 584 Beginning Student Teaching 2 units

Methods/Curriculum Modules (EDUG 500-522, 558) meet on Tuesday and Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m. or 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. each week for the complete semester.
Multiple Subject Reading Modules (EDUG 545, 547, 550) meet one evening a week.
Single Subject Reading Modules (EDUG 544, 548, 551) meet on selected weekends.

The above schedule is subject to change depending on enrollment. EDUG 500-584 (13 units) are generally taken during the first semester of the teacher preparation program.

EDUG 584: Beginning Student Teaching (2 units)

Candidates must complete Beginning Student Teaching concurrent with the 500 series courses. Beginning Student Teaching will consist of a minimum of three hours a week in an instructional setting, preferably working with the same master teachers who will supervise the student during Advanced Student Teaching in the second semester.

EDUG 585: Advanced Student Teaching (10 units)

During the second semester, and upon satisfactory completion of initial professional coursework, portfolio and beginning student teaching, candidates will complete two additional units of professional coursework and a minimum of sixteen weeks of student teaching. High school and middle school assignments may be longer, pending site requirements. Coursework will be completed during one three-hour block on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Three sessions will be devoted to a Student Teaching Seminar. Six sessions will be devoted to each of the following courses:

EDUG 521 Parent and Community Relations (.5 unit)
EDUG 545 Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) for the Elementary Student (1 unit)
EDUG 546 Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) for the Secondary Student (1 unit)
EDUG 559 Creating a Supportive and Healthy Environment for Student Learning (.5 unit)

Advanced Student Teaching will be completed concurrently with the above professional coursework. Single Subject candidates will complete their student teaching in grades 7-12. Multiple Subject candidates will complete their student teaching experience in two seven week assignments in grades K-6. Student teaching is a full day experience. Single Subject candidates will teach five days a week, teaching three classes and observing in two. Multiple Subject candidates will teach a full day, five days a 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.

Student teaching placements will be made by the department in local partner schools to satisfy EL Authorization requirements. If an incoming student has a preference regarding placement, they should express that preference to the Candidate Performance Assessment Committee at the time of the interview. The department will make an effort to accommodate that preference, with no guarantee. Once classes have begun and arrangements have been made for beginning student teaching and advanced 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 fee of $150 to cover additional mileage for the University Supervisor. Students with one or more years of full-time continuous private or public school experience in the appropriate credential area may be eligible for a modification of the length of student teaching. See the Student Teaching Coordinator for additional information.

Credential requirements may change at any time during a student’s program based on changes of legislative action by the CTC.

Christian Education Leadership Requirements

9 units

Nine units may be chosen from the following courses with the consent of the director:
EDAG 623 Marketing in Christian Organizations 3 units
CLSG 632 Team Building and Conflict Management 3 units
CLSG 646 Leadership and Character Development 3 units

M.A. Core Requirements

12 units

Prerequisites: Completion of all required 500 and CEA series course work.
  Consent of director.
  Regular standing is required prior to enrolling in the M.A. Core.
EDUG 605 Current Issues in Education 2 units
EDUG 606 Introduction to Educational Research 4 units
EDUG 609 Curriculum Design and Teaching 2 units
EDUG 610 Assessment and Evaluation 4 units

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.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.