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5TH YEAR TEACHING CREDENTIAL


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CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS INFORMATION:

FALL SEMESTER

During the first (Fall) semester, sometimes referred to as the Fieldwork Semester, credential program students (candidates) take a full-time course load of professional education courses covering specific subject matter strategies, including how to teach students who are learning English and/or who have special needs in the regular classroom. The courses are designed to be practical, emphasizing the development of teaching skills.

In addition to Fall coursework, candidates also complete clinical practice (fieldwork) in two grade levels, paired with veteran master teachers in local public schools. Starting with classroom set-up and preparation prior to the start of school, candidates are both coached and evaluated on potential teaching ability throughout the semester. The program intentionally creates a strong connection between courses and clinical practice. Candidates are asked to reflect on and apply what they are learning in their courses to clinical practice, and vice versa. For more information on clinical practice, visit the Clinical Practice page.

Multiple Subject Credential Program Fall Semester Courses (16 units)

Candidates must enroll in all of the following courses concurrently (a full-time load).

  • ED500 Practicum – 3 units

  • ED510 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary - 3 units

  • ED530A Teaching Strategies for Elementary Math – 2 units

  • ED530B Teaching Strategies (Health, Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, & PE) –3 units

  • ED550 Teaching English Language Learners – 2 units

  • ED560 Differentiation for Exceptional Learners – 3 units

Single Subject Credential Program Fall Semester Courses (16 units)

Candidates must enroll in all of the following courses concurrently (a full-time load).

  • ED500 Practicum – 3 units

  • ED520 Teaching Reading in Secondary School – 3 units

  • ED540 Teaching Strategies – 5 units (course sections labeled by credential subject area)

  • ED550 Teaching English Language Learners – 2 units

  • ED560 Differentiation for Exceptional Learners – 3 units

Fall Semester Clinical Practice Placements: two 7-week placements

Multiple Subject Candidates:

  • First placement: Primary grade classroom (usually K-2)

  • Second placement: Upper grade classroom (usually 4-6).

Required placement hours are start of school day through lunch, Monday – Thursday, approximately 8am – noon.

Single Subject Candidates:

  • First placement: high school

  • Second placement: junior high

Required placement hours vary by school site; the candidate is responsible for coordinating a schedule that is the equivalent of three periods, four days per week, usually Monday-Thursday. The goal is to “adopt” three classes and follow their schedule.

CLICK BELOW FOR THE CURRENT YEAR’S COURSE SCHEDULES FOR FALL.

Application for Advancement to Spring Semester. Near the end of the Fall semester, candidates apply to advance to Spring semester. Advancement is determined at the sole discretion of the program, based on satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • A minimum grade of B- in each Fall course

  • Passing scores on any assigned Teaching Performance Assessment tasks

  • Satisfactory (passing) recommendations from their master teachers

  • Verification of being certified in adult, infant, and child CPR. (Certification must meet the standards set by the CTC – currently, those are the American Heart Association B-Level Course or the American Red Cross Community CPR course.)

SPRING SEMESTER

In the second (Spring) semester, sometimes referred to as the Student Teaching Semester, candidates are placed back in their Fall semester public school classrooms for all-day student teaching. In addition, candidates take the Student Teaching Colloquium course. As they assume most day-to-day responsibilities of full-time teaching, candidates are coached and formally evaluated on teaching skills throughout this semester.

Multiple Subject Credential Program Spring Semester Courses (14 units)

Candidates must enroll in all of the following courses concurrently (a full-time load).

  • ED570 Colloquium – 2 units (letter grade)

  • ED580 Elementary Student Teaching – 12 units (pass/fail)

Single Subject Credential Program Spring Semester Courses (14 units)

Candidates must enroll in all of the following courses concurrently (a full-time load).

  • ED570 Colloquium – 2 units (letter grade)

  • ED590 Secondary Student Teaching – 12 units (pass/fail)

Spring Semester Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Placements: two 8-week placements

The goal is for candidates to return to the same placements as the Fall semester - for full-day, Monday-Friday student teaching placements.

Multiple Subject Candidates:

  • First placement: upper grade (usually 4-6)

  • Second placement: primary grade (usually K-2)

Single Subject Candidates:

  • First placement: high school

  • Second placement: junior high

CANDIDATE TRANSITION PLAN

As part of the credential program requirements, at the end of the program candidates will meet with TMU program faculty to create a Candidate Transition Plan. This document will outline the candidate’s strengths and areas of future growth relative to the state’s Teaching Performance Expectations. Candidates who are employed in California will use this plan to begin their Induction program to clear their preliminary credential.

CALIFORNIA TEACHING CREDENTIALS

Upon completion of a California teaching credential program, candidates are recommended by their college or university to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

At the end of their TMU Credential program, the candidate submits a Credential Recommendation Request to the Credential Analyst at TMU in order to be begin the recommendation process.The Master’s University is required to abide by the regulations and requirements of the CTC, as is the teaching credential candidate. Though it is the candidate’s responsibility to remain aware of and meet the credential requirements of the CTC, the programs provide guidance and support to candidates in meeting these requirements.

Upon receipt of the Credential Recommendation Request, the Credential Analyst will complete a review of the candidate’s status at program completion, verifying the following:

  • Completion of all program and credential requirements, including passing all required exams (including TPAs)

  • Completion of all program courses with minimum grade of B-

  • Passing score on the RICA exam (multiple subject candidates only)

  • Successful completion of student teaching (passing grades), including receipt of all required evaluation forms from master teachers and university supervisor(s)

  • Completion of Candidate Transition Plan

  • Accuracy of “Credential Recommendation Request” submitted by candidate

NOTE: in addition to program completion requirements as outlined previously, multiple subject credential candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA exam) and submit official scores in order to be eligible to be recommended for the credential. Multiple subject candidates are provided with information about and preparation for this exam in their Fall semester ED510 course.

After an exit interview with the candidate ensuring all of the requirements are met, the credential analyst will submit a recommendation to the CTC for the candidate. The candidate will receive an email from the CTC when the recommendation is made, and will then complete his or her portion of the recommendation online and pay the required fees. (This online process requires payment be made by a Visa, MasterCard, or Debit Card with a Visa or MasterCard logo.) When the candidate has successfully completed his or her portion and paid the required fees, he or she will receive email verification of the completed process. Finally, the candidate will receive email notification from the CTC when the credential is granted.

OFFICIAL NAMES/TYPES OF CREDENTIALS

The TMU Credential Programs prepare students for the following credentials:

California Preliminary 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Teachers in elementary schools need a Multiple Subject Credential, as they usually teach multiple subjects to the same group of students in a self-contained classroom. (The Multiple Subject credential includes authorization for the holder to teach English learners in the regular classroom.)

California Preliminary 2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential

Teachers in junior high or senior high schools need a Single Subject Credential in the subject area they wish to teach, as they usually teach a single subject to different groups of students (classes) in a departmentalized setting. (The 2042 Single Subject credential includes authorization for the holder to teach English learners in the regular classroom.)

LEVELS OF CREDENTIALS

Preliminary Credential

Candidates are recommended for a preliminary credential by The Master’s University upon satisfactory completion of a credential program. The Preliminary Credential is valid for five years, during which time candidates can be employed as teachers while completing the requirements needed for the Clear Credential (the next and final level) through a state-approved program.

Clear Credential

Currently, holders of a Preliminary Credential have three options to obtain a Clear Credential. More information about each of these options is available at the CTC website (www.ctc.ca.gov)

Option 1: A CTC-approved Teacher Induction Program through an approved school district, county office of education, college or university, consortium, or private school. This is the most common option.

Option 2: A CTC-approved Clear Credential or Induction Program through a university or other sponsoring agency. Individuals receive that institution’s formal recommendation for the clear credential.

Option 3: Certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in a qualifying subject.

Additional Authorizations

Once a person is granted a multiple subject or a single subject credential by the CTC, it is possible to obtain additional authorizations to teach in additional subject areas. Check with the Credential Analyst to find out more about this process.

Candidate Files

The credential programs maintain electronic files for all candidates. In addition to required program forms and records, candidates may add to their file letters of recommendation from principals, teachers, or other school site personnel who observe them teaching during clinical practice.

Credential Programs Admissions

Who are our successful candidates for admission? In general, they are diligent students who achieve high levels of academic success in college, and who are:

  • Committed to the Christian walk; while they are prepared to live in the world, they are not of the world - they are committed to a biblical worldview, displaying their faith in their lifestyle.

  • Passionate about student success; while they love their content area(s), they love their students more, and are committed to using best practices to teach all students appointed to their care.

  • Reflective, relational, and self-aware; while they are already academically and socially successful, they recognize that they are still growing, and are committed to life-long professional development as teachers.

  • Humble leaders; while they are confident and capable in the classroom, they are committed to seeking out, accepting graciously, and applying constructive feedback.

  • Called to teach; while they could take their skills and talents to any field, they have a deep and abiding sense that teaching is their life’s work and are committed to teaching as their ministry.

The following is required for a student to be considered for admission to the TMU Teaching Credential Program:

1. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university. Minimum 3.00 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may petition for admission consideration.

2. Prerequisite coursework (or its equivalent as determined by department):

  • POL220 U.S. Government or other U.S. Constitution course/exam (C- or better)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education (B- or better) – waived if student has completed ED101, ED202, AND ED301 (B- or better in each)

  • P321 History and Philosophies of Education (B- or better)

  • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory OR ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching (Single Subject only, B- or better)

  • E322 Children’s Literature (Multiple Subject only, C- or better)

3. Fulfillment of basic skills requirement (passing CBEST exam or other approved verification)

4. Fulfillment of subject matter competency (passing CSET exam or other approved verification)

5. Evidence of clear Christian testimony and agreement with TMU doctrinal statement

6. Evidence of excellent interpersonal and social skills, including dispositions for teaching

7. Clear fingerprinting/background check and tuberculosis screening

8. Teaching or other leadership experience working with K-12 students

9. Satisfactory admissions panel interview

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

All students must apply for admission to the Teaching Credential Program even if they are a continuing student at TMU. Applications are only submitted through a TaskStream account. There is a $35 application fee in addition to the fee for a TaskStream subscription.

The application deadline for the 2018-19 program is Friday, February 16, 2018.

A completed application must consist of ALL the following:

  1. Completed application form on TaskStream

  2. Three essays (see TaskStream for details)

  3. Three satisfactory recommendations: one academic, one from a teaching supervisor, and one from a pastor or student life leader (see TaskStream for instructions on how to obtain/submit recommendations)

  4. Official transcript showing:

    • Posted bachelor’s degree (degree may be in progress at time of application, but must be posted before July 1, 2018)
  5. Completed prerequisite courses (courses may be in progress, but must be completed before July 1, 2018)

  6. Verification of fulfillment of basic skills requirement (usually fulfilled by a passing score on the CBEST - California Basic Educational Skills Test)

  7. Verification of subject matter competency (usually fulfilled by passing scores on all subtests of the appropriate CSET - California Subject Examination for Teachers)

  8. Commission on Teacher Credentialing Certificate of Clearance (includes fingerprinting/background check)

  9. Negative tuberculosis test report

A complete application must be submitted by February 16, 2018 in order for candidates to be eligible for an interview with a Teaching Credential Program Admissions Panel.

Candidates may be admitted to the Teaching Credential Program on probation or with provisions.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Acceptance of transfer coursework for the credential programs is determined on a case-by-case basis. Coursework taken more than five years prior to admission may not be accepted. The candidate may also need to retake courses if methods have changed significantly, or if there has been a lapse of time out of the profession. This determination is made at the sole discretion of the TMU credential program. Candidates should provide official transcripts and course descriptions for transfer credit evaluation as part of the admissions process.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Credential program candidates may be eligible for state and federal financial aid programs. Contact the TMU Financial Aid Office for information.

In addition, TMU has two scholarships designated for the Credential Programs. The Gertrude Corcoran Endowment and the Shamrock Foundation Grant are program-specific scholarships established to help qualified candidates complete a credential program at The Master’s University. Candidates who have demonstrated Christian character, a serious commitment to teaching, and careful financial stewardship are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applications and information are available from the Credential Analyst, and scholarship applications are due with the admissions application.

TUITION AND FEES:

Tuition for credential program: $13,800 ($7,360/fall semester and $6440/spring semester).

OTHER FEES:

See the TMU Catalog for course fees.

Exam fees: approximately $200 per exam – see the CTC Exams website for more information.

Other fees:

Application Fee: $35

TaskStream subscription: $79.99 for two years \

Fingerprinting/Certificate of Clearance fee: approximately $200

TB Test Fee: varies – consult your health care professional for details

Books: vary by class, approximately $650 total for the Multiple Subject program or $450 total for Single Subject

CLINICAL PRACTICE

Clinical practice is a significant component of the TMU Credential Programs. From the beginning of their program, candidates are placed in public school classrooms for hands-on work with teachers and students. This enables candidates to gain experience working with students, make connections between courses and the real world of teaching, and evaluate their own desire and ability to teach. TMU cooperates with local public school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley to provide candidates both fieldwork and student teaching experiences. Local school and district leaders participate in TMU’s Credential Programs Community Advisory Panel, ensuring strong communication and collaboration between the university and the local education community.

PLACEMENTS

Fall Semester Clinical Practice Placements (Fieldwork)

Multiple subject candidates complete one 7-week placement in a primary grade classroom (usually K-2) and one 7-week placement in an upper grade classroom (usually 4-6). Required placement hours are from the start of school day until lunchtime, Monday – Thursday, approximately 8am – noon.

Single subject candidates complete one 7-week placement in a high school and one 7-week placement in a junior high. Placement hours vary by school site; the candidate is responsible for coordinating a schedule the equivalent of three periods, four days per week, usually Monday - Thursday. The goal is to “adopt” three classes and follow their schedule.

Spring Semester Clinical Practice Placements (Student Teaching)

Multiple subject candidates complete one 8-week placement in a primary grade classroom (usually K-2) and one 8-week placement in an upper grade classroom (usually 4-6). Required placement hours are full day, Monday – Friday.

Single subject candidates complete one 8-week placement in a high school and one 8-week placement in a junior high. Required placement hours are full day, Monday – Friday.

Clinical Practice Placement Arrangements

The state mandates certain requirements for clinical practice, including qualifications of master teachers, characteristics of school sites, and classroom demographics. TMU is required to have a formal agreement with a clinical practice school district. Since TMU is responsible for ensuring that clinical practice placements meet state requirements, all placements must be arranged by TMU, and TMU only arranges clinical practice placements in the local public school districts listed below. Official contacts for placements are made by the Credential Analyst.

School District Partners

Multiple Subject candidates are placed in the following elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley:

  • Newhall

  • Saugus

  • Sulphur Springs

  • Castaic

Single Subject candidates are placed in the secondary school district in the Santa Clarita Valley:

  • William S. Hart Union High School District

Clinical Practice Handbook

For more information about clinical practice in the TMU Credential Programs, download the Credential Program Handbook.

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TMU Student Handbook

Candidates in the TMU credential programs are bound by policies and procedures in the TMU Student Handbook. Credential program candidates are not considered to be “on contract”, but are expected and required to abide by the Standard of Conduct policies found in the TMU Student Handbook.http://www.masters.edu/media/868124/2016-masters-u-handbook-updated.pdf

Chapel and Church Attendance

Candidates are not required to attend TMU chapel or the Truth & Life Conference, but candidates may attend as long as attendance does not conflict with program responsibilities.

Regular church attendance is expected and encouraged, but is not monitored.

Candidate Housing

Candidates are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Candidates may not live in the TMU dorms, but may live in other TMU housing (such as the International House). If candidates live in TMU housing, they may be considered “on contract.” Consult the TMU Student Handbook and/or contact the Office of Student Life for details.

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Candidate Transportation

Candidates are responsible for their own transportation. Since a significant component of the program is clinical practice, requiring daily attendance at a school site away from the TMU campus, candidates should ensure they have guaranteed access to their own reliable car.

Candidate Dress Code

Candidates are required to follow the TMU Class Dress Code while attending classes on the TMU campus. (See the TMU Student Handbook for details).

Candidates are required to dress modestly and professionally at school sites. Jeans, flip flops/sandals, and t-shirts are not allowed. Candidates must also dress in ways that will enable them to teach effectively, especially while stooping, bending, leaning over desks, sitting on the floor, having knees at students’ eye levels, etc. Candidates should seek to demonstrate dedication to the professional teaching profession in the way they dress.

Extracurricular Activities, Additional Classes, and/or Work

Though engaging and effective, the workload of the credential programs is demanding, as they are full-time programs of graduate-level quality. Expectations for scholarship are greater than in an undergraduate program. For these reasons, candidates are encouraged to carefully evaluate their time commitments to other activities. Candidates in the program should carefully select and if necessary limit any extracurricular activities. Commitments made to optional responsibilities (ministries, community work, friends, etc.) must be flexible, based on the amount of time needed to complete all program responsibilities.

Candidates may not take other classes while in the program and may not participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Candidates may work no more than 10 hours per week during the Fall semester of the program.

Candidates are not allowed to work during the Spring semester of the program (student teaching). Candidates may petition for exception at admission prior to the start of Fall semester, or at the time of formal advancement to Spring semester. Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case, need-centered basis at the sole discretion of the program.

Substitute Teaching

TMU allows candidates to substitute teach during the program, as long as the candidate’s clinical practice district allows it, and as long as doing so does not conflict with program responsibilities such as attending classes and completing hours of clinical practice. To substitute teach, the candidate must have a valid substitute teaching credential. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate substitute credential, submitting verification to the Credential Analyst.

During Fall semester, candidates may substitute teach only for their assigned master teacher Monday-Thursday (or the days candidates are scheduled to be in the fieldwork placement classroom). Candidates may substitute teach for any teacher/any district on Fridays or on any day(s) candidates are not required to be in their fieldwork classroom.

During Spring semester, candidates will be student teaching full day, so they may only substitute teach for their assigned master teacher.