Master's Credential Cohort Program
Department of Learning and Teaching
The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective middle school and high school school teachers through coursework and field experiences leading to an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Preliminary Single 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 2-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 Single Subject Credential.
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates go on to teach in departmentalized classrooms, typically found in Grades 7-12. The Preliminary Single 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). Our students are encouraged to gain authorizations to teach more than one subject - for example, both Mathematics and Physics.
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.