Master's Credential Cohort Program
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction / Elementary Education
Department of Learning and Teaching
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.
Students may apply to one of three formats: an accelerated 12-month program beginning in July, an 18-month program beginning in late January or a two-year program beginning in the fall. The program includes two semesters of student teaching at two different grade levels and a cohort-based curriculum designed to foster collaboration and community. Applicants who are interested in the 12-month program should reach out to the admissions office before applying to the program.
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?
Graduates of the program 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. Prospective 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.