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.
Strong foundational coursework
Teachers are once again in demand. The prospect of growth for careers in education is high, with an expected turnover of over 100,000 teachers within the next decade due to retirement (California Teachers Association).
This program will prepare you to be a thriving educator in this field. The program is divided into three distinct stages of course work: Foundations, Methods, and Full-Time Student Teaching. Course work taken at the graduate level applies toward the optional M.Ed in Teacher Leadership degree.
Hands-on classroom experience
Professional Development Schools (PDSs) are innovative partnerships between K-12 schools and university teacher credentialing programs. In a PDS, teacher candidates work for one or two semesters alongside a veteran cooperating teacher, giving them the same opportunity to connect theory to practice.
You will benefit by having a designated school site readily available for observation, participation in activities, and hands-on learning. Teachers from our K-12 partner schools become partners with Cal Lutheran professors and work together to provide opportunities to demonstrate and share a variety of techniques, practical procedures and philosophies.
These partnerships ultimately will benefit you by providing high quality learning experiences rooted in research-based teaching methodology.
Expand your credential portfolio
After obtaining your credential, you can continue your education with a Special Education credential. Teachers with this specialized credential are high in demand. With only a few additional courses, you can expand your credential portfolio and pursue your passion in education.