California Teaching Credential Programs

There is perhaps no more significant or important job than teaching. With a national spotlight on education, a strong preparation for this increasingly demanding but exciting and rewarding role is crucial.

The Preliminary Teaching Credential program is characterized by its rigor and relevance to today's increasingly diverse schools. Classes are small, professors are accessible, and field supervisors provide individual mentoring.

Quick Facts

Program Units
39 for credential programs
Average Duration
12-18 months
Program Format
On-campus courses with a cohort model
Course Availability
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with Summer sessions
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
Program Costs

$790 per credit

$30,810 base cost
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Strong Foundational Coursework

The program is divided into three distinct stages of course work: Foundations, Methods, and Full-Time Student Teaching.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Master's Degree Option

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, you can take these courses to earn the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree:

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research
Teaching Credential alumna Lianna Moa

After getting my California teaching credential, right away I got a full-time position teaching sixth grade - Cal Lutheran had a lot to do with that.

Lianna Moa