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Teaching Credential Program

Mrs. Jordan J. Morton, Chairperson

The purpose of The Master’s University Teaching Credential Program is to enable students to become excellent teachers

who integrate faith into teaching, learning, and living.

TMU has a California approved program leading to either Preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching

Credentials. In California, a person desiring to teach has two areas of preparation. The first area is subject matter

preparation. This involves obtaining a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally-accredited

institution, meeting specific prerequisite education requirements, and passing a subject matter test. The second area is

professional preparation. In order to receive a credential, students must complete a credential program that is approved

by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This professional preparation program consists of

courses that are designed to help teachers teach subject(s) authorized by the credential and to teach students with special

needs and English learners in the regular classroom setting. This program usually takes two semesters and includes

student teaching.


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


Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university. Minimum 3.00 GPA. Students with a lower

GPA may petition for admission consideration.


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

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,


ED301 (B- or better in each)

ED410 Technology Uses in Education (B- or better)

ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory


ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in

Teaching (Single Subject only, B- or better)

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


Fulfillment of basic skills requirement (CBEST) and subject matter competency (CSET)


Evidence of clear Christian testimony and agreement with TMU doctrinal statement


Ability to pass fingerprinting/background check and tuberculosis screening


Satisfactory admissions panel interview


Teaching or other experience working with K-12 students (strongly recommended)


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 2017-18 program is

Friday, February 17, 2017


A completed application consists of the following:


Completed application form on TaskStream


Three essays (see TaskStream for details)


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)


Official transcript showing:

Posted bachelor’s degree (degree may be in progress at time of application, but must be posted before

August 1, 2017)