Master's Credential Cohort Program

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction / Elementary Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

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Program Overview

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective elementary school teachers through coursework and field experiences leading to an MEd in curriculum and instruction and preliminary multiple subject teaching credential. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Candidates in the program develop the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers.

The program, which may be completed in as few as 12 months, includes two semesters of student teaching at two different grade levels and a cohort-based curriculum designed to foster collaboration and community. Students may apply to one of two formats: an accelerated 12-month program beginning in July, or a two-year program beginning in the fall. 

Both formats currently offer discounted graduate tuition for all incoming students.

Upon graduation, our students are recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the preliminary multiple subject credential.

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates go on to teach in self-contained classrooms in which all subjects are taught by the same instructor. Typically, these classrooms are found at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels. The preliminary multiple subject teaching credential enables students to teach in the California public and private schools, and may be transferred to other states (regulations vary by state).

Who should apply?

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession. Our students include recent graduates, career changers, and educators in need of a teaching credential. Teaching experience is helpful, particularly for candidates planning to complete their course of study in 12 months, but is not required.