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College of Education

Credential Programs

Entry Levels for Basic Credential Programs

Credential programs may begin at five different levels:

  • 1. Qualified candidates who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential may begin the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) in the Liberal Studies Department as first-term freshmen. This program leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study.
  • 2. Qualified transfer students from community colleges who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential and who have started the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at their community college may continue the program as transfer students. This program leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study.
  • 3. Junior level – With a carefully planned program, credential program courses may be taken as electives as early as the first semester of the junior year with completion of the program coming as early as the first semester after graduation.
  • 4. Senior level – Credential program courses may be taken during the senior year as electives. The remaining credential courses and student teaching are then completed at the post-baccalaureate level. (Note: By petition only, up to twelve units of course work taken in the final undergraduate semester -- and not needed to meet major or degree requirements -- may be counted as postgraduate credit toward credit on a district salary ladder. This petition must be filed prior to graduation. Information is available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1–67; 562/985-1105).
  • 5. Graduate level – The entire credential program may be completed at the post-baccalaureate level.