California Preliminary Credential Program

California Preliminary Credential Program

The Graduate Program in Education offers a Preliminary Credential Program and a Master of Arts Program. Eligible students may apply their credential course work toward a subsequent Master of Arts in Education. Declaration of pursuing the M.A. in Education with a Preliminary Credential must be made upon application into the program; otherwise, the student must reapply to continue in the M.A. program.

Grade Requirements for Credential Coursework

See Program Grade Requirements.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

Credential requirements may change at any time during a student’s program based on legislative action by the CTC. According to CTC regulations, the institution has an obligation to public schools to deny admission and to dismiss candidates who are deemed, unsuitable teachers.

Undergraduate Integrated Teaching Credential Programs (ITEP)

Additional Credential Program Requirements

  • Certificate of Clearance or Substitute Teaching Permit Verification: An application for fingerprint clearance must be submitted prior to beginning the credential program. A fee is required for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Clearance process.
  • TB Test Clearance: Must be submitted prior to beginning the credential coursework.
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for Multiple Subject candidates. All students pursuing a multiple subject teaching credential must pass the RICA exam prior to applying for the credential. This exam is normally taken after completion of the reading courses.
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate. 
  • U.S. Constitution: met by POLS 155C at VU, equivalent or by test.

Provisional Status

A student who otherwise meets admission requirements, but has not passed the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), may be considered for provisional status to the Program on a case-by-case basis.  The student recognizes that the CSET must be passed before beginning the Early Supervised Fieldwork semester. If the student does not provide evidence of passing the required tests by May 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester, the student must enroll in the 3-semester credential plan (Disclaimer: Provisional status students accepted under SB820 may continue to Early Supervised Fieldwork semester without passing the CSET.  SB820 also postpones RICA and CalTPA assessments required for the preliminary credential until August 31, 2021). 

MULTIPLE SUBJECT: ACCELERATED COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE PRELIMINARY CREDENTIAL

First Semester
EDUG-508Language and Culture in Context 12
EDUG-509Foundations in Teaching for Multiple Subject2
EDUG-519English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
EDUG-523Instructional Design and Subject Specific Pedagogy for Multiple Subject4
EDUG-525Early Supervised Fieldwork for Multiple Subject4
EDUG-527CalTPA Cycle 10.5
Second Semester
EDUG-537Curriculum Unit Planning/Multiple Subj Multiple Subject2
EDUG-586Clinical Practice Seminar for Multiple Subject2
EDUG-587Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Multiple Subject8
EDUG-528CalTPA Cycle 20.5
Total Units28

MULTIPLE SUBJECT: 3 SEMESTER COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE PRELIMINARY CREDENTIAL 

First Semester
EDUG-508Language and Culture in Context 12
EDUG-509Foundations in Teaching for Multiple Subject2
EDUG-519English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
Second Semester
CSET must be passed to begin this semester.
EDUG-523Instructional Design and Subject Specific Pedagogy for Multiple Subject4
EDUG-525Early Supervised Fieldwork for Multiple Subject4
EDUG-527CalTPA Cycle 10.5
Third Semester
EDUG-537Curriculum Unit Planning/Multiple Subj Multiple Subject2
EDUG-586Clinical Practice Seminar for Multiple Subject2
EDUG-587Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Multiple Subject8
EDUG-528CalTPA Cycle 20.5
Total Units28

SINGLE SUBJECT: ACCELERATED COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE PRELIMINARY CREDENTIAL

First Semester
EDUG-508Language and Culture in Context 12
EDUG-524Foundations in Teaching for Single Subject2
EDUG-526Instructional Design and Subject Specific Pedagogy for Single Subject4
EDUG-535Early Supervised Fieldwork/Single Subj Single Subject4
EDUG-544Language Acquisition for Second Students1
EDUG-548Metacognition/Read Strategies/Secondary1
EDUG-551Literacy in Content Areas for Secondary1
EDUG-527CalTPA Cycle 10.5
Second Semester
EDUG-534Curriculum Unit Planningsingle Subject Single Subject2
EDUG-588Clinical Practice Seminar for Single Subject2
EDUG-589Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Single Subject8
EDUG-528CalTPA Cycle 20.5
Total Units28

SINGLE SUBJECT: 3 SEMESTER COURSEWORK REQUIRED FOR THE PRELIMINARY CREDENTIAL 

First Semester
EDUG-508Language and Culture in Context 12
EDUG-524Foundations in Teaching for Single Subject2
EDUG-544Language Acquisition for Second Students1
EDUG-548Metacognition/Read Strategies/Secondary1
EDUG-551Literacy in Content Areas for Secondary1
Second Semester
EDUG-526Instructional Design and Subject Specific Pedagogy for Single Subject4
EDUG-535Early Supervised Fieldwork/Single Subj Single Subject4
EDUG-527CalTPA Cycle 10.5
Third Semester
EDUG-534Curriculum Unit Planningsingle Subject Single Subject2
EDUG-588Clinical Practice Seminar for Single Subject2
EDUG-589Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Single Subject8
EDUG-528CalTPA Cycle 20.5
Total Units28

Clinical Practice Fieldwork

Clinical Practice Fieldwork is a full-time teaching experience at a school site. Candidates will teach 5 days per week, 6 hours per day. Credential candidates must complete a continuous clinical practice experience in a multicultural, multilingual environment. All assignments must be completed under the supervision of a credentialed Master Teacher in the subject matter area that will appear on the student’s credential. A University Supervisor will be assigned to each Student Teacher for supervision and support. 

Clinical Practice placements will be made by the department in local partner schools that satisfy EL Authorization requirements. Candidates cannot be placed at a school where their own children currently attend, or where their relatives are employed. Placement outside a 12-mile radius of the Vanguard University campus requires a payment of $150 to cover additional mileage for the University Supervisor. Students with 3 or more years of full-time continuous private or public school experience in the appropriate credential area may be eligible for a modification of the length of student teaching. See the Student Teaching Coordinator for additional information.

  • CalTPA (California Teaching Performance Assessment)
    • Cycle 1 taken during the Early Supervised Fieldwork semester.  
    • Cycle 2 taken during the Clinical Practice Fieldwork semester.

CTC requirements for the Clear Credential

Following issuance of the Preliminary Credential, a candidate will complete the Clear Credential requirements through an induction program offered through the school district in which they are employed, or through an alternative program sponsor.