Credentials Office

 

Credentials Office

Welcome to the Credentials Office at Pacific Oaks College. We are committed to supporting you in your journey to obtain your California Preliminary Teaching Credential. We encourage you to use this website as a resource and invite you to contact us to discuss your credential objectives in more detail.

Our services include:

  • processing student teaching applications and verifying eligibility;
  • obtaining student teaching placements for credential candidates;
  • evaluating credential progress and recommending candidates for preliminary teaching and intern credentials;
  • providing prospective and current credential candidates with advisement relating to credential requirements;
  • planning information sessions for prospective credential candidates and orientations for newly admitted credential candidates;
  • organizing events and activities for credential candidate outreach and recruitment;
  • administering and managing Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPA) for the College;
  • organizing credential test preparation workshops;
  • providing mentor teachers with initial orientation to the program curriculum; and
  • coordinating student teaching and intern orientations.

Contact

Pacific Oaks College

55 Eureka Street

Office 15

Pasadena, CA 91103

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 6pm*

Friday: 9am – 4:30pm*

* We strongly advise making an appointment as our office hours are subject to change.

Teacher Credentialing Programs

The School of Education offers preliminary multiple subject and education specialist teaching credentials. To review the curriculum and credential requirements for each of our teacher credentialing programs, please click on the links below. For information on how to apply, please contact the Admissions Team.

 

B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education

(Includes preparation for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education

(Includes preparation for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

M.A. Education: Special Education

(Includes preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

M.A. Education: Elementary Education

(Includes preparation for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

(Non-degree seeking option includes preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

(Non-degree seeking option includes preparation for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

 

Student Teaching (Traditional Pathway)

Student teaching is the culminating field experience in Pacific Oaks’ preliminary credential programs. It is performed during the final semester once all other coursework has been scheduled for completion. Student teaching is full-time and typically unpaid. Thanks to a grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation, credential students at Pacific Oaks College are eligible to receive a stipend of $1200 during their student teaching semester. Students must be in student teaching in order to qualify.

Credential candidates must have met all of the following pre-requisites in order to advance to student teaching:

  • receive faculty advisor approval to student teach;
  • satisfy the basic skills requirement;
  • obtain a valid Certificate of Clearance or any other California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)-issued permit;
  • obtain a valid negative TB Test;
  • demonstrate subject matter competence with passing CSET scores (#101, #102/214, 103);
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above;
  • submit a Student Teaching Application by the appropriate deadline; and
  • complete an interview with a faculty advisor, associate dean and credential analyst.

In addition to the above, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential candidates must also complete TPA Task 1: Subject-specific Pedagogy and TPA Task 2: Designing Instruction.

Student Teaching Application Deadlines for Pacific Oaks Students

To Student Teach DuringApply ByTesting Requirements
Fall SemesterMarch 1Teacher candidates must have official passing CSET and TPA tasks 1 and 2 (for multiple subject and dual candidates only) scores in hand by March 1. Please plan your test dates accordingly.
Spring SemesterOctober 1Teacher candidates must have official passing CSET and TPA tasks 1 and 2 (for multiple subject and dual candidates only) scores in hand by October 1. Please plan your test dates accordingly.

Student teaching applications should be emailed to [email protected] no later than the above deadlines. Only complete applications will be accepted. A complete application is one in which all requisite examinations and credential items have been turned in to the credential analyst. Applications that are missing credential items or exam scores will not be considered.

Student Teaching Applications

Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Instruction Credential

Preliminary Dual (Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Instruction Credential)

Student Teaching Handbooks

Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Preliminary M/M Education Specialist Instruction Credential

Preliminary Dual (Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M/M Education Specialist Instruction Credential)


Student Teaching (Traditional Pathway) FAQs

What is the traditional pathway?

A traditional preliminary credential program consists of three parts: 1) Program and credential coursework 2) Credential items (i.e. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements) and 3) Student teaching. The student teaching portion includes a full-time placement, which is typically unpaid. Faculty advisors serve as the primary resource for part one, whereas the credential analyst should be contacted for questions pertaining to parts two and three.

When can I student teach?

Student teaching is the culminating field experience in the credential program. Candidates will be ready to student teach once all other coursework is scheduled for completion and the credential prerequisites have been met.

How long is student teaching?

All credential candidates must student teach for a minimum of 600 hours, with a recommended 150 additional hours for candidates seeking a preliminary dual (multiple subject and mild/moderate education specialist) credential. Candidates are expected to maintain the same hours as the teacher of record (i.e., the mentor teacher). Student teaching placements will begin on the first day of the district’s instructional calendar.

Do I need to find my own student teaching placement?

No, Pacific Oaks College’s credential analyst works directly with school districts and/or sites to secure student teaching placements for candidates. Self-placement is not allowed.

Can I get paid to student teach?

To accommodate candidates for whom the traditional student teaching route would impose an undue hardship, the School of Education will consider long term substitute assignments in lieu of unpaid student teaching. Only Short-Term Staff Permits (STSP) or long term substitute permits are acceptable, and the assignment must span the entire student teaching semester. Furthermore, the assignment must be in a classroom that is appropriate for the credential being sought.

A substitute position in which the candidate is employed on a 30-day sub permit does not qualify.

In order for a long term substitute assignment to potentially meet the student teaching requirement, a candidate a) must be eligible to enter the student teaching portion of the program, b) complete an interview with the School of Education, and c) obtain permission from the associate dean.

The intern credential program is also an option for eligible candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Can I student teach at the private school in which I currently work?

Yes, if you are currently the teacher of record in a self-contained classroom (grades K-12, but generally grades K-6), then you may be able to complete your student teaching hours in that classroom. Prior to approving private school placements, the teacher credentialing program must review the demographics of the school to ensure that it is a "diverse school setting" that reflects California’s public schools. All candidates, including those placed in private schools, must complete 600 hours of supervised student teaching. If the private school does not meet the diversity requirements, then 150 hours of the required 600 hours must be completed in diverse school setting (i.e. public or charter school). In addition, the private school must be accredited.

Intern Credential (Alternative Pathway)

The Intern Credential is an alternative route for candidates in graduate-level programs to obtain a Preliminary Teaching Credential. The Intern Credential allows candidates to complete their teacher preparation coursework concurrent with their first year or two in a paid teaching position. If the district has a teaching vacancy they cannot fill with a credentialed teacher, then a qualified preliminary credential candidate may be hired as an intern teacher. Intern teachers receive a full salary and benefits. In order to become eligible for an intern credential, candidates must meet the following pre-requisites and have a pending job offer at a public, charter, or nonpublic school. Nonpublic schools are private, nonsectarian and certified by the state of California to provide special education services to students based on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Intern credentials are site specific and cannot be issued for intern placements at private schools, unless they fall in the nonpublic category. The Credentials Office recommends candidates for intern credentials on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

Candidates must have met all of the following pre-requisites in order to become intern eligible:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with official transcript on file;
  • satisfy the basic skills requirement;
  • submit a valid Certificate of Clearance or any other valid California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)‐issued permit;
  • verify completion of U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • fulfill 120-hour pre‐service requirement through the following coursework*:
    • ED 530 – Methods of Teaching Language and Literacy in a Diverse Classroom
    • ED 531 - Teaching and Learning Methodologies for English Language Development
    • SPED 563 – Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • demonstrate subject matter competence with passing CSET scores (#101, #102/214, 103);
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (grades of “D” and “X” are not accepted);
  • submit a valid TB Test (skin tests are valid for 4 years, chest x-rays are valid for 8 years);
  • complete an interview with faculty advisor, associate dean, and credential analyst.

In addition to the above, preliminary multiple subject credential candidates must also complete TPA Task 1: Subject-specific Pedagogy and TPA Task 2: Designing Instruction.

*If you are in the old program, your 120-hour pre-service courses are met through ED 530, ED 531, SPED 531, ED 520, ED 521, and ED 522. For questions, please contact [email protected].


Intern Credential (Alternative Pathway) FAQs

When can I become eligible for an internship?

Candidates can become intern eligible as early as the start of their second semester at Pacific Oaks, but this is entirely dependent on how quickly they can complete their pre-requisites and obtain an intern position. Candidates should connect with the credential analyst as soon as possible to express their intent to become intern eligible. The credential analyst will work closely with the candidate to ensure they are meeting their intern pre-requisites.

How do I find an internship?

School districts, charter schools and county offices of education often post positions on job boards or EdJoin; private schools are not state-eligible to host intern teachers. Pacific Oaks does not facilitate intern placements.

Do I have to student teach if I am an intern?

The internship counts towards student teaching hours. During the internship, candidates will need to maintain a time log. When it comes time to recommend candidates for their preliminary credential, the time log serves as evidence that the candidate has completed the required student teaching hours.

I’ve met all of the intern pre-requisites and I have an intern job offer. Now what?

Pacific Oaks will conduct a short interview and schedule an orientation session with the candidate and their employer. The credential analyst will then recommend the candidate to the CTC for an intern credential. If the intern credential is approved, the candidate will be assigned two support providers— one from the district (i.e., mentor teacher) and the other from Pacific Oaks (i.e., fieldwork supervisor). An intern credential is valid for two years, during which time the candidate must complete all of his/her coursework and credential items in order to be recommended for his/her preliminary teaching credential.

Credential Recommendation Process for Pacific Oaks College Students

The following credential items must be completed and on file with the Pacific Oaks College Credentials Office in order to be recommended to the state of California for a Preliminary Teaching Credential:

  • bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with official transcript on file;
  • completion of basic skills requirement;
  • Certificate of Clearance or any other valid California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)‐issued permit;
  • valid negative TB test;
  • completion of U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • passing CSET: Multiple Subjects scores (#101, #102/214, 103); ;
  • certification of infant/child/adult CPR training; and
  • passing RICA scores.

In addition to the above, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential candidates must complete four Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs):

  • TPA Task 1:  Multiple Subject – Subject-Specific Pedagogy;
  • TPA Task 2: Designing Instruction;
  • TPA Task 3: Assessing Learning; and
  • TPA Task 4: Culminating Teaching Experience.

All credential items must be valid at the time of credential recommendation.

At the end of the student teaching semester, the teacher candidate’s faculty advisor and the credential analyst will evaluate the candidate’s degree and credential requirements. If all requirements have been met, the credential analyst will recommend the candidate to the CTC for his/her credential. If there are outstanding credential requirements that have not been met, the credential analyst will notify the teacher candidate. Upon credential recommendation, the CTC will send the teacher candidate an email prompting payment. Payments are made directly to the CTC. Teacher candidates cannot receive their credential until they have paid for it on the CTC website. Once completed, candidates will be in the CTC database and listed publicly as a preliminary credential holder. All initial California teaching credentials are known as “preliminary.” Candidates have five years to “clear” their credential. Some school districts will provide support but it is the candidate’s responsibility to fulfill the requirements to clear his/her credential within the allotted timeframe.

Support for Credential Students

Pacific Oaks College’s School of Education provides faculty advisors to prospective and current credential students. Please contact the appropriate faculty advisor based on your credential program.

Faculty AdvisorAssigned Credentials
Jerell HillPreliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Dr. Marsha SwindlerPreliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
Preliminary Dual (Education Specialist and Multiple Subject) Credential
Dr. Catherine Walter
(All Northern California credential candidates)
Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
Preliminary Dual (Education Specialist and Multiple Subject)

A faculty advisor provides a proactive review of a student’s progress and addresses specific academic questions and/or concerns.

Please contact your faculty advisor if you require support with any of the following:

  • faculty and classroom concerns within the program;
  • matriculation plans and/or course mapping;
  • reviewing student grades and past academic performance;
  • discussing personal concerns that affect academic and professional progress;
  • skills assessment (if applicable);
  • course substitutions;
  • transcript evaluations to determine credential course equivalencies;
  • questions related to California teaching standards;
  • career planning in relation to past experiences, present needs, and future professional goals;
  • Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) linked to job/career path; and
  • petition approval (as needed).

Please contact the Pacific Oaks credential analyst for any questions related to:

  • CBEST, CSET, RICA test preparation workshops and resources;
  • CalTPA workshops, enrollment, and scoring;
  • Student teaching applications and placement;
  • Credential requirements and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) policies;
  • Intern credential eligibility and pre-requisites; and
  • Intern and preliminary credential recommendation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the CBEST?

The CBEST exam is the most common way to meet the Basic Skills Requirement; however, there are others way to satisfy this requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement, for additional information.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to earn a Preliminary Teaching Credential?

All California public school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in order to earn a teaching credential. Pacific Oaks College has several “blended” programs that allow you to complete an undergraduate degree and credential simultaneously – saving Pacific Oaks students time and money over students who pursue a bachelor’s degree followed by a credentialing program. For additional information regarding these programs please contact the Pacific Oaks Admissions department.

What is a TPA?

Effective July 1, 2008, state law (SB 2042; SB 1209) and Education Code (44320.2) mandate that teacher preparation programs implement a teaching performance assessment in addition to all other program and state requirements. The Preliminary Multiple Subject credential program has adopted the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA), administered through Taskstream, as its assessment. Similar to the CBEST, CSET or RICA, the CalTPA is a state-mandated exam. For more information on how Pacific Oaks College administers and evaluates the CalTPA, please click here.

Does Pacific Oaks provide exam support?

The Pacific Oaks School of Education provides CBEST, CSET, RICA, and TPA workshops throughout the academic year. All credential exam preparation workshops, with the exception of TPA workshops, are advertised on  Pacific Oaks College’s Events page and in the Resources tab of the Credentials Office site. Unlike other assessments, which require self-enrollment, TPA enrollment is managed by the Credentials Office. Credential students will be enrolled in each of the four TPA tasks at specific points in the program, and receive an email from the Credentials Office notifying them of their enrollment as well as the deadline for completion. TPA workshop information will also be provided in that email. Students must honor the TPA deadlines that are set.

How do I clear my credential?

Individuals holding a Preliminary Teaching Credential are required to clear their credential within five years of the issuance date on the credential. The most common way to clear a credential is to enroll in a Commission-approved induction program that is sponsored by, or that is in partnership with, the employing school district or county office of education.  Please speak with a district representative to explore your options. Unfortunately, at this time, Pacific Oaks College does not offer an induction program.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) provides comprehensive information on how preliminary credential holders can upgrade their credential to clear status. We encourage students to review the information contained in the links below.

Options for Earning a Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential

Options for Earning an Education Specialist Clear Teaching Credential


Student Teaching (Traditional Pathway) FAQs

What is the traditional pathway?

A traditional preliminary credential program consists of three parts: 1) Program and credential coursework 2) Credential items (i.e. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements) and 3) Student teaching. The student teaching portion includes a full-time placement, which is typically unpaid. Faculty advisors serve as the primary resource for part one, whereas the credential analyst should be contacted for questions pertaining to parts two and three.

When can I student teach?

Student teaching is the culminating field experience in the credential program.  Candidates will be ready to student teach once all other coursework is scheduled for completion and the credential prerequisites have been met.

How long is student teaching?

All credential candidates must student teach for a minimum of 600 hours, with a recommended 150 additional hours for candidates seeking a preliminary dual (multiple subject and mild/moderate education specialist) credential. Candidates are expected to maintain the same hours as the teacher of record (i.e., the mentor teacher). Student teaching placements will begin on the first day of the district’s instructional calendar.

Do I need to find my own student teaching placement?

No, Pacific Oaks College’s credential analyst works directly with school districts and/or sites to secure student teaching placements for candidates. Self-placement is not allowed.

Can I get paid to student teach?

To accommodate candidates for whom the traditional student teaching route would impose an undue hardship, the School of Education will consider long term substitute assignments in lieu of unpaid student teaching. Only Short-Term Staff Permits (STSP) or long term substitute permits are acceptable, and the assignment must span the entire student teaching semester. Furthermore, the assignment must be in a classroom that is appropriate for the credential being sought.

A substitute position in which the candidate is employed on a 30-day sub permit does not qualify.

In order for a long term substitute assignment to potentially meet the student teaching requirement, a candidate a) must be eligible to enter the student teaching portion of the program, b) complete an interview with the School of Education, and c) obtain permission from the associate dean.

intern credential program is also an option for eligible candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Can I student teach at the private school in which I currently work?

Yes, if you are currently the teacher of record in a self-contained classroom (grades K-12, but generally grades K-6), then you may be able to complete your student teaching hours in that classroom. Prior to approving private school placements, the teacher credentialing program must review the demographics of the school to ensure that it is a “diverse school setting” that reflects California’s public schools. All candidates, including those placed in private schools, must complete 600 hours of supervised student teaching. If the private school does not meet the diversity requirements, then 150 hours of the required 600 hours must be completed in diverse school setting (i.e. public or charter school). In addition, the private school must be accredited.


Intern Credential (Alternative Pathway) FAQs

When can I become eligible for an internship?

Candidates can become intern eligible as early as the start of their second semester at Pacific Oaks, but this is entirely dependent on how quickly they can complete their pre-requisites and obtain an intern position. Candidates should connect with the credential analyst as soon as possible to express their intent to become intern eligible. The credential analyst will work closely with the candidate to ensure they are meeting their intern pre-requisites.

How do I find an internship?

School districts, charter schools and county offices of education often post positions on job boards or EdJoin; private schools are not state-eligible to host intern teachers. Pacific Oaks does not facilitate intern placements.

Do I have to student teach if I am an intern?

The internship counts towards student teaching hours. During the internship, candidates will need to maintain a time log. When it comes time to recommend candidates for their preliminary credential, the time log serves as evidence that the candidate has completed the required student teaching hours.

I’ve met all of the intern pre-requisites and I have an intern job offer. Now what?

Pacific Oaks will conduct a short interview and schedule an orientation session with you and your employer. The credential analyst will then recommend you to the CTC for an intern credential. If the intern credential is approved, you will be assigned two support providers— one from the district (i.e., mentor teacher) and the other from Pacific Oaks (i.e., fieldwork supervisor). An intern credential is valid for two years, during which time you must complete all of your coursework and credential items in order to be recommended for your preliminary teaching credential.