Our Preliminary Credential Program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential with EL Authorization. The EL Authorization prepares candidates to teach students who are English Language Learners (ELL).
A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
A graduate program application with corresponding fee
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses
Three letters of recommendation addressing potential success in a teacher education program
An interview with Graduate Education personnel and acceptance by the Director
A cumulative 2.7 GPA in undergraduate work is required for regular standing admission into the credential program
Students with a 2.5-2.69 GPA may be admitted on a probationary status
The probationary student will be eligible for regular standing in the credential program upon completion of the following 3 conditions:
Student must complete an additional 6-15 units of post-baccalaureate course work with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. All course work must be pre-approved and completed at VU prior to enrolling in the Credential Program.
Student must complete the Credential Program with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Student will meet with the Coordinator and/or Director for a progress evaluation conference.
The B.A. grade point average requirement is waived for a candidate with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
Meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
Verification of passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) by presenting passing scores. The CBEST should be taken at least 6 months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.
Achieve Qualifying Score on SAT or ACT:
SAT – Math – 550; Critical Reading – 500
ACT – Math – 23; English – 22
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Scores of 3 or above in one of the following: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics
Scores of 3 or above in one of the following: AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition
Verification of passing scores on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Scores are due May 20 for fall or November 1 for spring in order to begin Early Supervised Fieldwork. The CSET exams should be taken at least 6 months prior to submitting an application to the Graduate Program in Education.
A student who otherwise meets admission requirements may be considered for provisional standing to the Program on a case-by-case basis prior to passing the CSET exams. The student recognizes that the CSET must be passed before beginning Early Supervised Fieldwork semester. If the student does not provide evidence of passing the required tests by May 20 for fall semester or November 1 for spring semester, the student must enroll in the 3 semester credential plan.
Required by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC) for all Multiple Subject Preliminary Credentials; and recommended to be taken immediately after EDUG 543: English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms.
Student teaching placements will be made by the department in local partner schools to satisfy the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements. Once classes have begun and arrangements have been made for 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 payment of $150 to cover additional mileage for the University Supervisor. See the Student Teaching Coordinator for additional information.
Multiple Subject candidates will complete their student teaching experience in grades K-6. Student teaching is a full day experience, five days per 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.
All work for the preliminary credential must be completed in 5 years. Time spent on leave of absence is included in the 5-year time limit for the credential. A credential student who interrupts the sequence of study may be subject to changes in requirements whenreturning, particularly for CTC credentialing modifications.
Credential requirements may change at any time during a student’s program based on CTC changes and/or legislative action.
Following the completion of the 27 units of coursework in the Preliminary Credential Program, VU teaching credential students may continue in the Program to pursue a Master of Arts in Education degree by completing an additional 12 units of graduate education coursework. The student must initiate and finish this MA degree within 7 years after beginning the teaching credential program.
A minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work is required for regular standing.
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 Educational Assessment and Evaluation: 4 units
EDUG 605 must be taken as the first course of MA Core. EDUG 605 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 606. EDUG 610 must be taken as the final course of the MA Core. EDUG 609 may be taken concurrently with EDUG 610.