MastersCollege

The Master's College

Prerequisites for Admission

There are a number of prerequisites that must be met before a student’s application for admission to the credential program will be considered. Since these prerequisites take time to complete, students are advised to be working on them well in advance of the semester they wish to take education courses.

Teaching Experience

Students must have experience with the age group they plan to teach. Teaching situations appropriate for meeting this requirement include teaching in Sunday School, AWANA, clubs, or after school programs. Serving as a tutor or classroom aide are excellent ways to get experience, and are built into the Liberal Studies – teacher education (LS-te) major in the seminar classes. Students should be certain that someone sees them teach frequently enough to be qualified to fill out a Teaching Experience Reference Form (See appendix for a sample of the form).

Cross-Cultural Experience

Students are encouraged to get experience with children and youth who come from backgrounds different from their own. Many churches in the area surrounding the college provide opportunities to gain this experience. The college missions conferences, summer missions trips, and outreach during the school year are also excellent opportunities for gaining this experience. Opportunities to meet this requirement are also built into the LS-te major in the seminar classes.

CBEST

Students must take and pass the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) before they are admitted to the credential program. Testing information, including registration, may be found at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

CSET

Students must take and pass the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) before they are admitted to the credential program. Testing information, including registration, may be found at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have already completed the following courses with a minimum grade of B- in the courses with an ED prefix and a C in the other courses:

  • POL220 US Government
  • E322 Children’s Literature (multiple subject only)
  • ED400 Foundations of Education
  • ED410 Technology Uses in Education
  • ED420 Principles of Secondary Education (single subject only)


Requirements for Admission

Students applying for admission to the credential program must be admitted to the college before applying for admission to the program (this includes adherence to the doctrinal statement of the college). In order to apply to the credential program, professional, academic and legal qualifications must be met. Once students meet the qualifications, they are interviewed by a Teacher Education Admissions Panel. The Panel meets each semester. Deadlines for applying may be obtained from the Education Department.

Professional Qualifications

The chart below outlines the professional qualifications required for admission to the credential program. The chart is followed by a more complete description of each of the requirements.

Multiple and Single Subject

  • Application
  • Personal References
  • Documentation of Cross-Cultural Experience
  • Documentation of Teaching Experience
  • Reference from Teaching Supervisor
  • Satisfactory ED400 Foundations of Education Teaching Potential Evaluation Form
  • Teaching Self Evaluation
  • Posted Bachelor’s Degree

Application

Application to the credential program is submitted in the student’s senior year, usually during the last semester. Transfer students with 90 or more units of transfer credit should check with the Credential Analyst to see which semester they should apply to the program. Applications for admission to the program are available in the Education Department or on their website http://www.masters.edu/academics/graduate/teacher-credential.aspx.  The application provides specific information about the student and identifies which credential the student desires. The application also requires that the student obtain and submit the references described below. Deadlines for applying may be obtained from the Education Department website.  A late fee is charged for applications received after the deadline.

Personal References

Two personal references are required. In addition, one reference from someone on the student life staff is required. Students transferring into the program who do not have access to these particular sources for references should discuss this with the credentials analyst. Substitutions can be worked out for most sources. The two academic references are described under Academic Qualifications.

Documentation of Cross-Cultural Experience

Candidates document their cross-cultural experience. (See the Prerequisite section of this handbook for a more complete description of this requirement.)

Documentation of Teaching Experience

Candidates document the kinds of teaching experience they have had to this point. The LS-te majors prepared a Teaching Experience Resume which describes classroom experiences from the undergraduate program. They may submit this resume for their documentation.

Reference from a Teaching Supervisor

This reference is from a person identified by the student as being qualified to evaluate his or her present teaching ability and future potential. A sample of the Teaching Experience Reference Form is in the appendix. All candidates must have an evaluation by a teaching supervisor. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Satisfactory ED400 Foundations of Education Teaching Potential Evaluation Form

At the end of the course, ED400, candidates meet one-on-one with the professor for an exit interview. During this interview, the professor discusses the completed Teaching Potential Evaluation Form with the student. A copy of this form is in the student’s file, and is added to the application materials turned in by the student. A sample of the form is in the appendix.

Teaching Self Evaluation

Students turn in a 2 – 4 page essay on why they want to teach and what they perceive to be their strengths and weaknesses at this point in their preparation program. LS-te majors are encouraged to include the goals and reports of goals from their undergraduate program, as this is strong evidence for the committee of the student’s understanding of the teaching profession and his or her ability to evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. An application is not complete unless the self-evaluation is included.

References to the Christian faith and personal beliefs may be included in the self-evaluation, but should not be “preachy.” Some members of the admissions panel may not be Christians. And all are concerned about what kind of teacher a candidate will be, not just what he or she believes.

Academic Qualifications

LS-te Majors at TMC

Graduates of CA approved programs

(including approved single subject programs at TMC)

Others

Academic references from two faculty members

Academic references from two faculty members

Academic references from two faculty members

Minimum required grade in prerequisite courses

Minimum required grade in prerequisite courses

Minimum required grade in prerequisite courses

Cumulative GPA of 2.75

Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or passing score on the state approved examination

Passing score on the state approved examination

Minimum grade of C in all LSte classes

Transcript verification

Passing score on the state approved examination

Minimum grade of B- in ED101, 202, 300, 302,400,401

Transcript verification

Passing score on the state approved examination

 

Academic references from two faculty members

Those desiring a multiple subject credential submit the names of two faculty members who can evaluate their coursework and academic 5 potential for teaching. Those desiring a single subject credential submit the names of one faculty member and their subject department chair. Education Department faculty members may not be used for these references.

Prerequisite coursework

These courses and the required grades are described in this part of the Teacher Preparation Program Handbook in the section directly preceding this section.

Letter signifying completion

Colleges and universities with approved programs issue letters that confirm when all requirements for the program have been met. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her institution and request that the letter be sent to the credentials analyst at TMC.

Passing score on the state approved examination

See Part II, CSET Testing of this handbook for clarification of this requirement. Please Note: Fall 2014 Candidates will have to take and pass the CSET before they enter the credential program.

Minimum grade of B- in ED101, ED202, ED302, ED400, ED401, ED410

See the Liberal Studies Addendum for additional information on this requirement.