California Teaching Credential Programs

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.

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Quick Facts

Program Units
39 for credential programs
Bilingual Authorization available
Average Duration
12-18 months
Program Format
On-campus courses with a cohort model
Course Availability
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with Summer sessions
Start Term
New students begin during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
Program Costs

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Strong Foundational Coursework

The program is divided into three distinct stages of course work: Foundations, Methods, and Full-Time Student Teaching.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Master's Degree Option

Upon completion of the Preliminary credential program, you can take these courses to earn the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree:

  • EDGN 509 Situating Yourself as a Scholar Practitioner and Teacher Leader
  • EDGN 510 Collaboratories of Practice - Understanding Change Theory
  • EDGN 599 Education Improvement Plan - From Theory to Praxis

The credential program at Cal Lutheran sets very high expectations for its candidates—as any good teacher would establish for their students. These expectations allowed for me to reach outside of my comfort zone on several occasions, notably during a group project meant to model cooperation among teachers from various subjects in a school. Candidates with different strengths, subjects, backgrounds, and personalities had to come together to produce a single project, and the result was something to be proud of.

Cole Baratte