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Program Highlights

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.

Learn more about the Curriculum.

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.

Learn more about our Professional Development Schools.

Bilingual Authorization

Earning your teaching credential with a bilingual authorization prepares you for highly demanded bilingual education programs within the state of California. The authorization program requires one additional course within the credential program,  in addition to meeting the state subject matter requirements through testing our undergraduate coursework.

Cal Lutheran students who complete a major or minor in Spanish are allowed to waive the three additional CSET exams that are required for the bilingual authorization. The Spanish language courses taken during those undergraduate programs help our graduates gain proficiency in oral comprehension, reading and writing in Spanish, and key communication skills that are necessary in bilingual instruction. 

Learn more about the requirements for the Bilingual Authorization.

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.

Learn more about our Special Education credential program.