The 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.
The Graduate Program in Education’s Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) courses are designed to provide current teachers with continuing education to increase their knowledge and effectiveness in the classroom. Vanguard University and TAP have partnered with College Credit Connection (CCC) to provide a wide variety of learning formats to teachers.
Total Units: 27-29
Cost Per Unit: $610*
Length of Program:
- 2-3 Semesters
Fall and Spring
CBEST / CSET DEADLINES (for 2 semester program only):
May 1 – Fall
November 1 – Spring
*Tuition is based on the 2019/2020 academic year and is subject to change.
This course covers theories, principles and instructional practices of reading/language arts instruction in the elementary classroom and includes: language acquisition; four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing; diagnostic and early intervention techniques; and key themes of a balanced, comprehensive, instructional program. Specific content knowledge needed in preparation for RICA is aligned in this course.
In this course, candidates, strengthen their subject matter expertise and application by familiarizing themselves with subject matter content standards and appropriate pedagogical strategies for teaching specific subject matter disciplines (math, science, social studies, etc.). Working with the cohort faculty leader and expert practitioners, teacher candidates develop lessons for the diverse populations of students in today’s classrooms using the Backward Design planning strategy that focuses on integrating subject-specific content standards, Common Core Literacy standards, and English Language Development standards. Candidates develop in-depth lesson plans utilizing Inductive, Deductive, and Cooperative methodologies.
Teacher candidates analyze the philosophical and historical background of public education in California. Candidates acquire a range of positive behavioral supports for students with the basic knowledge, skills and strategies for engaging and supporting diverse learners, including students with special needs, English learners, Standard English Learners, and students with other learning needs in the least restrictive environment. Candidates develop a plan to establish an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment.