Teacher Credentialing Programs
In order to teach in the state of California, students must acquire the appropriate teaching credentials. Any credential program must be approved by state of California, and once completed, students must pass examinations in order to receive certification.
We pride ourselves on being on the forefront of teacher training. We follow a progressive teacher credentialing program model that prepares students to think critically about diversity, culture, and power. In our Northern and Southern California campus locations, students learn to apply these principles in the classroom and uncover a child’s true learning potential.
Reports indicate that California is experiencing a record shortage of qualified teachers. Current estimates show that California will need an additional 100,000 teachers in the next decade.
How do I Become a Teacher in California?
If you want to teach in a K–12 classroom, you may consider applying to a teacher preparation program that can recommend you for a teaching credential. The state of California has a two-tier credential structure. A preliminary/level I credential is the first document issued after a candidate meets basic credential requirements through their teacher preparation program. Pacific Oaks College offers two preliminary credentials:
- The Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies graduates to teach in preschool, grades K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.
- The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential authorizes candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
The preliminary credential is valid for a maximum of five years, during which time a candidate must obtain a clear/level II credential. More information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
All California public school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution to earn a teaching credential. However, you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in order to begin the credential program. Pacific Oaks College offers “blended” programs that allow candidates to complete their undergraduate degree and credential simultaneously and in less time than if they pursued these objectives separately. The two “blended” programs available are the BA Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and the BA Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education.
In addition to completing a bachelor’s degree, candidates must pass the CBEST, a test on reading, writing and math, the CSET, a subject-matter competency exam, and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) in order to be recommended for a teaching credential. Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential candidates are also required to pass four California Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPA). For more information on how Pacific Oaks College administers the CalTPA please refer to our TPA Policy.
Title II Reports for passage rates of license examination
Pacific Oaks College complies with all federal government reporting requirements pursuant to Section 207 of the Higher Education Act Title II passed by Congress in 1998. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Student Aid Commission require a link to the most current year passing rates of the license examination according to AB 2086. Please see the California Title II Data Dashboards for information on the most recent academic year for which data is available.
Teacher Credentialing and Education Degree Programs Offered at Pacific Oaks
Joint Degree/Credentialing Programs
- B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education
- B.A. in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education
- B.A. in Human Development with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- M.A. Education: Elementary Education
- M.A. Education: Special Education
Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential Programs
- Elementary School Teacher in California—including kindergarten and grades 1-12
- Teacher for students with mild to moderate disabilities in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 in classroom settings as well as adults through the age of 22
Current student with questions about California preliminary credential requirements, student teaching, or the intern credential, should contact the Credential Analyst at [email protected].
All inquiries from prospective students should be directed to Admissions.