Pathways to Teaching Program

Become an educator through one of two tracks: Multiple Subject Credential With TK and Bilingual Authorization and Preliminary Education Specialist Credential: Mild to Moderate Support Needs.

An innovative partnership between Santa Maria-Bonita School District (SMBSD) and Cal Lutheran's teacher credentialing program, Pathways to Teaching provides you with the necessary preparation to develop your professional skills in education.

The Pathways to Teaching Program is characterized by its rigor and relevance to today’s increasingly diverse schools. Classes are small, instructors are accessible, and field supervisors provide individual mentoring.

The Time to Prepare is Now

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). The next few years will see the most openings for educational professionals in generations.


  • Classes offered at the Santa Maria-Bonita School District
  • Quality hands-on education featuring practical experience, small class sizes, and a supportive environment
  • Expert faculty of highly regarded practicing educators
  • This program will focus on TK-8 classrooms

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Interested in this program? We'd love to connect with you! Reach out to learn more and get started today.

Lauren Prieto
Graduate Admission Counselor
(805) 493-3654 

A Rich, Balanced Approach

In Pathways to Teaching, teacher candidates work for 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 and classroom readily available for observation, participation in activities, and hands-on learning. Teachers from SMBSD schools become partners with Cal Lutheran instructors and work together to provide opportunities to demonstrate and share a variety of techniques, practical experiences and philosophies.

This partnership will ultimately benefit you by providing high quality learning experiences rooted in research-based teaching methodology.

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Santa Maria-Bonita School District

708 S. Miller Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454