Requirements and Details

Sequence of Courses – Master’s Core Coursework (45 semester hours):

The core coursework in the Master’s program is combined with the core coursework from the credential courses to create a continuum of learning. Students can select from a variety of options (listen below) for their core coursework in the Master’s program. These options are designed to give students the opportunity to explore various content areas and gain introductory-level exposure to other disciplines within the field of education.

Option 1 – Teaching and Learning (Central Campus Only):

This degree program is designed for students who seek a focus on current issues in the field of education and skills for action research. It is practical in nature and culminates in a project or paper structured to help teachers improve their instructional and leadership abilities.

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 501 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 504 Research Methods 3
EDUC 590 Issues in Teaching 3
EDUC 594 Thesis, or 3
EDUC 596 Graduate Seminar 3

Area of Concentration: 33 semester hours

Selected from the credential coursework listed below.

Multiple Subject Candidates only:

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 426 Introductory Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 440 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 441 Advanced Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 491 Subject Specific Pedagogy – History, PE, and Visual/Performing Arts 3
EDUC 492 Subject Specific Pedagogy – Math and Science 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Single Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 427 Language and Literacy, Single Subject 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 442 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 443 Advanced Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 494 A-J* Subject Specific Pedagogy (*Must enroll in your content area) 3
EDUC 495 Foundations in Teaching Single Subject 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Option 2 – Educational Technology (Central Campus Only):

This degree program is designed for students who seek a focus on technology. The program emphasizes teaching, pedagogy, theory, tools, resources, an applications used in traditional classrooms and flipped instruction classrooms. The program culminates in a project structured to help teachers implement technology in meaningful ways throughout the educational system.

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
EDTC 551 Learning Theory and Technology as New Literacy 3
EDTC 552 Instructional Design and Mobile Learning Applications 3
EDTC 553 Student Directed Learning and Collaborative Communities 3
EDTC 554 Authentic Assessment and Research Practicum 3

Area of Concentration: 33 semester hours

Selected from the credential coursework listed below:

Multiple Subject Candidates only:

Single Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 426 Introductory Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 440 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 441 Advanced Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 491 Subject Specific Pedagogy – History, PE, and Visual/Performing Arts 3
EDUC 492 Subject Specific Pedagogy – Math and Science 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
Code Course Title Units
EDUC 427 Language and Literacy, Single Subject 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 442 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 443 Advanced Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 494 A-J* Subject Specific Pedagogy (*Must enroll in your content area) 3
EDUC 495 Foundations in Teaching Single Subject 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Option 3 – Teacher Leadership (Central Campus Only):

This degree program is designed for students who seek a focus on teacher leadership. The program emphasizes teaching, coaching, and collaboration with colleagues to implement research supported practices that enhance student success. The program culminates with a capstone research project.

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
EDLD 570 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3
EDLD 572 Foundations of Educational Leadership 3
EDLD 573 Contemporary Issues in California Schools 3
EDLD 593 Research and Assessment 3

Area of Concentration: 33 semester hours

Selected from the credential coursework listed below:

Multiple Subject Candidates only

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 426 Introductory Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 440 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 441 Advanced Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 491 Subject Specific Pedagogy – History, PE, and Visual/Performing Arts 3
EDUC 492 Subject Specific Pedagogy – Math and Science 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Single Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 427 Language and Literacy, Single Subject 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 442 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 443 Advanced Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 494 A-J* Subject Specific Pedagogy (*Must enroll in your content area) 3
EDUC 495 Foundations in Teaching Single Subject 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Option 4 – Special Education (Central Campus Only):

This degree program is designed for students who seek a focus on special education. The program emphasizes working with learning with mild/moderate special education needs and the structures that can be utilized to support such students. The program culminates with a capstone research project.

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SPED 502 Disabilities/Bio-Neurology 3
SPED 504 Current Issues Policies SPED 3
SPED 505 Advanced Positive Behavior Support: Theory and Practice 3
EDUC 593 Research and Assessment 3

Area of Concentration: 33 semester hours

Selected from the credential coursework listed below:

Multiple Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 426 Introductory Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 440 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 441 Advanced Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 491 Subject Specific Pedagogy – History, PE, and Visual/Performing Arts 3
EDUC 492 Subject Specific Pedagogy – Math and Science 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Single Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 427 Language and Literacy, Single Subject 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 442 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 443 Advanced Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 494 A-J* Subject Specific Pedagogy (*Must enroll in your content area) 3
EDUC 495 Foundations in Teaching Single Subject 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Option 5 – Child Development (Central Campus Only):

This degree program is designed for students who seek a focus on child development. The program emphasizes understanding the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of children. The program culminates with a capstone research project.

Core Courses: 12 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3
ASCD 518 Language, Reading, and Concept Development, or
ASCD 551 Studies in Attachment, or
ASCD 558 Cognition and Brain Development 3
EDUC 593 Research and Assessment 3

Area of Concentration: 33 semester hours

Selected from the credential coursework listen below:

Multiple Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 425 Language and Literacy, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 426 Introductory Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 440 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 441 Advanced Teaching Practices, Multiple Subject 4
EDUC 491 Subject Specific Pedagogy – History, PE, and Visual/Performing Arts 3
EDUC 492 Subject Specific Pedagogy – Math and Science 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8

Single Subject Candidates only:

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 427 Language and Literacy, Single Subject 4
EDUC 428 Introductory Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 442 Intermediate Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 443 Advanced Teaching Practices, Single Subject 4
EDUC 494 A-J* Subject Specific Pedagogy (*Must enroll in your content area) 3
EDUC 495 Foundations in Teaching Single Subject 3
EDUC 497 Introductory Supervised Teaching 3
EDUC 498 Advanced Supervised Teaching 8
  • Application and personal interview
  • Writing competency assessment
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TB clearance
  • Verification of taking CBEST by submitting score report
  • Application for Certificate of Clearance or copy of Substitute Teaching Permit
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA or 2.75 overall
  • Internet access
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Verification of CSET registration or Subject Matter Competency Program Waiver

Other Program Components

Student Teaching Program Prerequisites: Student
teaching candidates must complete an application
and be accepted by the faculty into the student
teaching sequence with the following:

  • Certificate of Clearance or equivalent fingerprint clearance
  • Demonstration of personal dispositions necessary for teaching (as outlined by the LaFetra College of Education)
  • CPR for adults, infants and children
  • Current TB clearance
  • Passing score on the CBEST
  • Passing score of 3 or higher on the writing competency assessment
  • Successful completion of all pre-student teaching coursework as defined by a GPA of 3.0 or better and a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Passing score on TPA Task #1
  • Verification of Subject Matter Competence as defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET, or Completion of a state-approved subject matter program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major and 2.75 overall.

Advanced Supervised Teaching Requirements

  • Successful completion of all requirements for Introductory Supervised Teaching
  • Passing score on the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA)(Multiple Subject candidates only)
  • Speech course or verification
  • US Constitution course or passing test score
  • Health Education/Nutrition/Drug Prevention/Tobacco/Sexually Transmitted Diseases Course

Enhanced Intern Credential (Multiple/Single
Subject)

A candidate will be eligible for an enhanced
intern credential if he/she has successfully completed
the constitution requirement, first term coursework
(EDUC 425 & EDUC 426 for Multiple Subject; EDUC
427 & EDUC 428 for Single Subject), subject matter
competence, and a score of 3 or better on the writing
competency assessment and has a contract in a
public school. All candidates must be concurrently
enrolled in EDUC 467 to be eligible for the intern
credential.

Teacher Performance Assessments

The California Teacher Assessment Program (TPA)
provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to
demonstrate achievement of the teaching
performance expectations. The TPA consists of two
tasks embedded throughout the program, one
during the pre-student teaching coursework and the
other within the advanced student teaching
experience.

Preliminary Credential Application Requirements

To apply for a preliminary credential with the state of
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing,
candidates must have:

  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA or better in all coursework
  • Successfully completed clinical teaching requirements
  • Received a B or better in EDUC 498
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completed an “Application for Credential”
  • Completed CPR Certification for Adults, Infants, and Children
  • Passed all required TPAs
  • Passed the RICA (Multiple Subject only)
  • Must be cleared by the credential analyst for all remaining requirements
Clear Credential Application Requirements

To apply for a Professional Clear or Level II Credential
with the state of California Commission on Teacher
Credentialing, candidates must have completed a
professional induction program through their employer
within five years of the issuance date of their
Preliminary Credential.