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Teaching Credential Programs

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

teachers who integrate faith into teaching, learning, and living.

TMU has a California-approved teacher preparation program leading to either the Preliminary Multiple Subject or Single

Subject Teaching Credential. In California, a person desiring to teach needs 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.

Each program is a two-semester program (Fall start) and includes structured fieldwork and 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 the dean of the School of Education):

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)

P321 History and Philosophies of 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 (passing CBEST exam or other approved verification)


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


Evidence of clear Christian testimony and agreement with TMU doctrinal statement


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


Clear fingerprinting/background check and tuberculosis screening


Teaching or other leadership experience working with K-12 students


Satisfactory admissions panel interview


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 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

July 1, 2018)