Teacher Credential Program Overview
As of 2019, there are approximately 250 institutions throughout California that offer teacher credential programs, ranging from the certificate to graduate degree level. The programs typically require a combination of coursework and practical fieldwork as a public school student teacher. While the student teaching program is conducted on site, some schools offer students the opportunity to complete their courses online. This is an excellent option for students living in rural areas or who do not have time to travel to the school. Take a look below to learn about four schools which offer online teacher credential programs.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching program that gives students the opportunity to receive a teacher credential recommendation. Prospective students can choose to enroll in the elementary school Multiple Subject Teaching concentration or one of the secondary school concentrations (English, mathematics, social science, science). Each program includes coursework and practical field experience that cover four broad areas: foundations, language and literacy, teaching methods, and field experience and capstone portfolio. The program requires a minimum of 28 credits and can be completed in one to three years.
California State University
CSU's state-wide CalStateTEACH program is a Multiple Subject program that combines online coursework with student teaching in a local classroom. The program requires students to complete 15 semester units over one to three years. Students have three credentialing pathways in the program: student teaching, intern teacher, and employed private teacher. All pathways require fieldwork as a student teacher in a public school as part of the program.
Pacific Oaks College
Students at Pacific Oaks College have online teacher credential program options at the certificate, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. The school offers three Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree options: elementary education, elementary and special education, and human development with a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. The B.A. degrees require a minimum of 120 credits and include fieldwork as a student teacher. At the master's degree level, students can choose between a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education or a M.A.T. in Elementary Education. Both programs require 43 credits to complete, including student teaching. A standalone Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential certificate is available for those who already have a bachelor's degree. This program requires 37 credits of coursework and student teaching fieldwork.
Concordia University - Irvine
At Concordia University in Irvine, students who already possess a degree can enroll in the teacher credential program, which combines online coursework and student teaching. There are four credential program options: single subject, multiple subject, mild-moderate teaching, and clear induction. The school offers the single subject credential in several areas, including English, mathematics, music, science, social science, and art. Courses last 7-15 weeks and students are required to complete one public school semester of student teaching, which typically lasts 18 weeks.
Teacher Credential Resources
There are several steps you need to take to become a teacher in California besides completing a teacher credential program in an accredited school, including student teaching and successfully completing a teacher credentialing exam for your chosen area of expertise from special education to secondary education. Study.com has the resources you need to discover how to prepare for the appropriate exams and become a teacher in California: