Accreditation of Graduate Education Credential Program

Vanguard University’s Graduate Program in Education recently went through a four-day visit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to reaffirm the accreditation of its teaching credential program.  From April 6-9, 2016, the five-member CTC team reviewed all of the program’s standards and documentations, as well as interviewing over 200 constituents of Vanguard’s teaching program.


The unanimous recommendation from the visiting CTC members was to grant our program a full seven-year Accreditation!  As you might imagine, the faculty and staff of the Graduate Program in Education were elated! Contributions from faculty, staff, and our external community contributed greatly to this decision and our elation!


In late April, Dr. Jerry Ternes will attend the Commission on Accreditation (COA) session in Sacramento that will review Vanguard University’s program and make an official decision on the team’s recommendation. We would like to personally thank each person who contributed to this process for their ongoing commitment to Vanguard University’s Graduate Education and Teacher Credential Program!


VU Alumna named District Teacher of the Year!!



Congratulations to Rachel Gil of Villa Fundamental Intermediate School for being selected SAUSD Educator of the Year for the Intermediate division. Gil learned that she had been selected through a surprise visit from Superintendent Rick Miller, and members of his Cabinet during one of her English classes.

Gil will represent SAUSD in the Orange County Teacher of the Year program. She will be recognized with all of the Educators of the Year from each school during a recognition reception and ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Santa Ana High School.


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TPA Coordinator

Graduate Education has a new TPA Coordinator: Jennifer Tuttle. Teaching Performance Assessment is an important part of student teaching. “As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential.” (ctc.ca.gov)


Welcome Teresa Dovel

Vanguard University welcomes back Teresa Dovel to Graduate Education! Teresa is the new Program and Accreditation Coordinator. Teresa has her M.A. in Education from Vanguard University and B.S. in Education from Abilene Christian University. She is well prepared to lead Graduate Education! Please give a warm “welcome back” to Teresa.


VU alumnus is in new Scott photos

VU alumnus Mike Newcomb, seen here in a 1957 basketball game (he is #11), is also Graduate Education’s Lead University Supervisor to our student teachers. Next time you are in the Scott Building, take a moment at the top of the stairs to view some of our university history and how alumni are still giving back to their alma mater.

VU Graduate Honored

A former Graduate Education student and now a teacher in the Fountain Valley School District, Katie Mullen, was recently honored by the Fountain Valley Rotary Club. Thank you Katie, for representing Vanguard University!

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The FV Rotary Club had this on their Facebook page:

2015 FV Teacher Recognition Program.

On behalf of Rotary & the 13 honored teachers,

thank you to the FVSD staff & the Donors!

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Graduate Education’s newest faculty member

Graduate Education’s newest faculty member, Professor Becky Spady, will be teaching the online MA courses starting fall 2015. Professor Spady received her Master of Arts in Education from Vanguard University in 2010. She has also been an adjunct faculty member for Graduate Education for the past two years. Graduate Education welcomes Professor Spady in her new position!

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Welcome Dr. Vivian Mun to Graduate Education

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Welcome Dr. Vivian Mun to Graduate Education

We are excited to welcome Dr. Vivian Mun as our newest tenure-track faculty member in Graduate Education.  Dr. Mun received her BA in Spanish and Linguistics and her MA in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  She earned a second MA at California State University, Los Angeles in Educational Administration and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.  Dr. Mun will teach and oversee the Curriculum and Instruction cohorts for our Multiple Subject teaching credential candidates.

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Dr. Jerry Ternes, New Graduate Education Director


We welcome Dr. Jerry Ternes as our new Director of Graduate Education. Dr. Ternes has been in the Graduate Education department for 12 years and previously served as Dean and Director. The Graduate Education department is thrilled to have him back in his current leadership role. Dr. Ternes will continue teaching the Advanced Student Teaching Seminar course for Graduate Education students as well as the Senior Capstone Course for Liberal Studies undergraduates.