Teaching Credential Programs

The School of Education offers several teaching credential programs for initial licensure. For those interested in becoming teachers at the elementary or secondary levels, the School of Education offers programs that lead to the Preliminary 2042 Multiple Subject or 2042 Single Subject California Teaching Credential with the English Learner Authorization. For those interested in becoming teachers in special education, the School of Education offers the Preliminary Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe Education Specialist California Teaching Credentials with the English Learner Authorization. The Early Childhood Special Education Credential is designed for candidates who want to work with infants, toddlers and preschool age children with identified special needs.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must complete the formal application process, with all required documents including official (sealed) transcripts indicating a conferred Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree granting institution, a “Statement of Intent” and three recommendation forms. Applicants seeking one or more of these teaching credentials must make formal application to the teacher credential program before beginning any coursework other than Prerequisites.
  2. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs.  Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST.
  3. All Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialists credential candidates (except Early Childhood Special Education Credential candidates) must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist candidates may submit verification of completion of a subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject matter to meet this requirement.
  4. Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.
  5. Applicants to a credential program must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants to the Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential program who are using an academic major or coursework for subject matter competency must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their major field to be admitted.
  6. Applicants with GPAs between 2.50* and 2.74 can qualify for admission to a credential program by earning a passing score on one of the qualifying examinations listed below. A passing score will fulfill both the admission and the major grade point average requirements. Applicants may not enroll in any 500 level course other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
    3. Subject Matter Competency Examinations: Successfully pass all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
  7. Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission, candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:
    1. Petition for exceptional admission.
    2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
    3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed in #6 above.
    4. Three current letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s ability to complete graduate coursework.  The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The committee must have three members, with one full-time faculty member.
    5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The committee must have three members, with one full time faculty member.

Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format, except for the Early Childhood Special Education program (please see MAT degree program for details).

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Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to Master’s degree programs.

Credential Program Information and Requirements

Transfer Credit

Teacher preparation coursework is not automatically transferable from another institution and transferability of coursework cannot be determined until a student is admitted to a credential program. A request to transfer coursework may be granted IF

  1. The course(s) can be shown to be equivalent in content to the Brandman course(s)
  2. Meets the Brandman University graduate transfer credit policy
  3. Is approved by the Associate Dean.

Credential courses that are more than seven years old prior to application for the credential cannot be transferred into the program. There is no time limit on prerequisite courses. Up to 6 credits may be transferred into the credential programs (excluding candidates adding an additional Education Specialist credential).   

Residency

Candidates entering the Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential program from another institution must take EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching at Brandman University and will be required to complete at least 12 semester credits of education coursework toward the Preliminary Credential in residence at Brandman University prior to Directed Teaching. Supported Teaching and Directed Teaching credits do not count toward residency.

Candidates entering the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential program who hold a valid preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential may waive certain courses in the program. Please see an academic advisor to determine which courses can be waived. Those who do not hold such a credential must take EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching at Brandman University. All candidates entering these programs are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of their coursework plus Supported or Directed Teaching at Brandman University.

Candidates adding an additional authorization to their active Special Education credential are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of their coursework including Directed Teaching. If these candidates enter into an internship they are required to take all the supported teaching and internship seminar courses.

Early Field Experience

Prior to admission, or within the first session of enrollment, applicants must complete 40 hours of field experience in public school educational settings that reflects the credential sought. Candidates who add another credential area must complete an additional 20 hours of field experience in the setting that reflects the second credential area. Candidates in the Early Childhood Special Education Credential program must complete 40 hours of field experience in private or public programs serving infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers identified as having special needs. Please visit the SOE Services site for the applicable forms.

Intake Interview

All candidates entering a teaching credential program, including those transferring from another institution, must successfully participate in an intake interview with a faculty member within the first session of enrollment.

Subject Matter Competency

 All applicants must demonstrate subject matter competency either with verification of completion of a subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject matter (Elementary, Single Subject, or Education Specialist candidates) or verification of a passing score indicating passage of all subtests for the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET).  Verification of either of these must be reflected in the candidate’s electronic file and be received prior to an application for an Internship Credential or Directed Teaching.  Subject Matter Examination subtests results can be no older than ten (10) years. The CSET is not required for the Early Childhood Special Education credential. Students may request for Brandman University to receive their scores directly from Pearson or the student may submit the passing scores directly to their campus.

Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance (including fingerprints) or a copy of a valid credential or short-term permit must be submitted to the School of Education within the first session of enrollment. Candidates who do not submit verification of a certificate of clearance cannot advance in any credential coursework that requires observation or fieldwork in a K-12 setting. Anyone with a revoked credential will not be admitted to any credential program until the credential is reinstated by the CTC. A certificate of clearance or child development permit must be active prior to clinical practice.

Negative Tuberculosis Test

Candidates must submit to the School of Education, within the first session of enrollment, a current “negative” tuberculosis test that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis.  Negative tuberculosis tests must be no more than two years old and cover the clinical practice period. Candidates who do not submit verification of a negative T.B. test cannot advance in any coursework that requires observation or fieldwork in a P-12 setting. A person whose tuberculosis test is “positive” can submit results from a chest x-ray examination that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis. The negative tuberculosis tests done by X-rays must be no more than five years old and cover clinical practice.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

All candidates must submit to the School of Education a valid CPR certification for pediatric and adult. The CPR certification must verify both categories and must be current and submitted prior to applying for any clinical practice. CPR certification must be valid and current when a candidate applies for their preliminary credential.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

All candidates must meet this requirement prior to applying for any clinical practice.  Candidates must meet this requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. Passing score on a college-level exam on the U.S. Constitution from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. A two-semester credit college-level course from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better; or
  3. Bachelor's degree from a California State University.
  4. One of the following Brandman University undergraduate courses:
    HISU 101United States History Survey I3
    HISU 358United States History and Democracy3
    POSU 110Introduction to American Politics3
    POSU 344Constitutional Rights3

RICA Exam

Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credential candidates (with the exception of candidates in the Early Childhood Special Education program) must pass the state Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) prior to a credential exit interview. The RICA should not be taken until EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II have been successfully completed. Education Specialist credential candidates that hold a multiple or single subject credential are exempt from this requirement. Students may request for Brandman University to receive their scores directly from Pearson or the student may submit the passing scores directly to their campus.

Student Teaching (Clinical Practice) – Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist

Advancement to Clinical Practice

Applications for clinical practice must be submitted online by the candidate through the SOE Services MyBrandman site by the established deadline date. Subject matter competence and all requirements listed above must be met prior to the application deadline except the RICA exam.  Candidates also need to have completed all credential coursework with the exception of EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II, maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

For information on internship eligibility and requirements please refer to the “internship credential programs” section below.

Directed Teaching

  1. Directed Teaching in the Multiple and Single Subject programs consists of two sessions of full-day directed teaching at two different grade levels that meet the cross-cultural criteria. For special education only credentials, the candidate has two sessions of full-day directed teaching assignment that meets the cross-cultural criteria.
  2. Directed Teaching placements must be completed in public schools or approved settings.
  3. The Campus Clinical Coordinator, not the student, will determine the student’s placement in Directed Teaching. Placement requests are not permitted per CTC regulations.
  4. Approved university personnel will supervise all student teachers.
  5. Directed Teaching placements in special education classrooms are not acceptable for the Single Subject or Multiple Subject Credentials. Summer school placements are not acceptable unless in year-round public schools.

Under certain conditions a candidate may petition to waive the first session of Directed Teaching and the first directed teaching seminar. Documented evidence must be provided that the candidate has completed one full year (175 days) of satisfactory teaching as a contracted full-time teacher prior to the commencement of Directed Teaching at Brandman University. This teaching experience must have been at an appropriate grade level and Single Subject candidates must have taught in the appropriate subject area. Experience under an Internship Credential, substitute teaching, work as a paraprofessional, and/or various specialist-type teaching experiences do NOT qualify for a waiver. An exception may be made in a situation in which a district hires a full-time permanent substitute assigned to a single classroom for a full year and the candidate is evaluated by the same procedures as a contract teacher. This permanent substitute assignment must have been completed prior to the commencement of Directed Teaching at Brandman University. Contact your Campus Clinical Coordinator for the Directed Teaching waiver requirements and form.

Candidate performance in Directed Teaching will be reflected with a grade of Pass or No Pass. A grade of Pass indicates that the candidate has demonstrated acceptable competency in meeting the required Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs). A grade of No Pass indicates that the candidate has not met the TPEs and must meet with the Campus Clinical Coordinator.  Students in this situation will be placed on an action plan and may have to complete an additional Directed Teaching assignment or may be dismissed from the program.

Internship Credential Programs – Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Preliminary Education Specialist

Brandman University offers Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved Internship Credential Programs in Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Preliminary Education Specialist. The Internship Credential has the same legal status as the CTC Preliminary Credential, except that it is valid only in a specifically designated school district or consortium and is only valid for a 2 year consecutive time period. For this reason, interns must obtain an employment contract before an intern credential can be issued. The intern assumes full teaching and legal responsibility for his/her classroom from the first day of the teaching assignment as a paid employee of the School District. Each intern candidate must work under the direct and continuing supervision of a Brandman University Supervisor and District Mentor who provides support at the classroom level in the cooperating school.  To be eligible for a Brandman University Internship Credential candidates must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above in credential program courses.  

Internship Admission Requirements

To be admitted to an Internship Program an applicant must:    

  1. Be admitted into a Brandman University stand alone or MAT credential program for Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects, Special Education.
  2. Meet with a Campus Clinical Coordinator for to obtain information about these internship credential options and eligibility.
  3. Submit a passing score for the appropriate CSET exam or a verification letter from a CTC approved subject matter preparation program with an authorized signature from the institution where the program was completed (Single Subject Credential Program or Special Education Program only, excluding the Early Childhood Special Education program;
  4. Provide proof of meeting U.S. Constitution requirements;
  5. Provide a copy of a negative T.B. clearance (cannot be older than two years);
  6. Provide an active Copy of a Certificate of Clearance or any active permit issued by the CTC to teach P-12 in a public school;
  7. Complete program specific 120-hour pre-service requirements for Internship Credentials. Please meet with your Campus Clinical Coordinator for pre-service course requirements.
  8. Submit Credential Recommendation and clinical practice application forms which are found on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.
  9. Submit a completed Verification of Employment Form from the school district.  The form is provided by the Campus Clinical Coordinator or found on the SOE Services site and submitted through the credential recommendation application or clinical practice application.

All internship candidates must enroll in Supported Teaching courses and the co-requisite Intern Seminars for the fall and spring trimesters in each academic year that the intern credential is valid. Candidates are also required to maintain a log of hours documenting support/mentoring and supervision.

Students coming to the Brandman University Internship program from another University must end their current internship credential with their previous University and complete the restriction change on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.  

An intern who does not enroll in courses for two or more consecutive sessions may be ineligible for the intern credential.  If a student’s internship is terminated by the district or the student, the student must contact the campus clinical coordinator.  

Multiple Subject Intern Option

Interns in the first year of an internship must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDMU 580-ASupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 580-BSupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 580-CSupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 581-ASupported Teaching II: Elementary Education2
Co-requisite Internship Seminars*
EDUU 546Internship Seminar I1
EDUU 547Internship Seminar II1
EDUU 548Internship Seminar III1
EDUU 549Internship Seminar IV1
*An internship must be a minimum of two terms in length. The total credits will vary depending on the length of the internship.

Interns that have completed the supported teaching and internship seminars in the first year of an internship and return the following academic year as an intern must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDMU 580-DSupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 580-ESupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 580-FSupported Teaching I: Elementary School2
EDMU 581-BSupported Teaching II: Elementary Education2
Co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar
EDUU 558Advanced Internship Seminar I2
EDUU 559Advanced Internship Seminar II2

Single Subject Intern Option

Interns in the first year of an internship must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDSU 590-ASupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 590-BSupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 590-CSupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 591-ASupported Teaching II: Secondary School2
Co-requisite Internship Seminars*
EDUU 546Internship Seminar I1
EDUU 547Internship Seminar II1
EDUU 548Internship Seminar III1
EDUU 549Internship Seminar IV1
*An internship must be a minimum of two terms in length. The total credits will vary depending on the length of the internship.

Interns that have completed the supported teaching and internship seminars in the first year of an internship and return the following academic year as an intern must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDSU 590-DSupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 590-ESupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 590-FSupported Teaching I: Secondary School2
EDSU 591-BSupported Teaching II: Secondary School2
Co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar
EDUU 558Advanced Internship Seminar I2
EDUU 559Advanced Internship Seminar II2

Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Intern Option

Interns in the first year of an internship must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDTU 570-ASupport Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 570-BSupport Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 570-CSupport Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 590-ASupported Teaching II, Mild Moderate2
Co-requisite Internship Seminars*
EDUU 546Internship Seminar I1
EDUU 547Internship Seminar II1
EDUU 548Internship Seminar III1
EDUU 549Internship Seminar IV1
*An internship must be a minimum of two terms in length. The total credits will vary depending on the length of the internship.

Interns that have completed the supported teaching and internship seminars in the first year of an internship and return the following academic year as an intern must be continuously enrolled in the following:

Supported Teaching
EDTU 570-DSupported Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 570-ESupported Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 570-FSupported Teaching I: Mild/Moderate2
EDTU 590-BSupported Teaching II, Mild Moderate2
Co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar
EDUU 558Advanced Internship Seminar I2
EDUU 559Advanced Internship Seminar II2

Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Intern Option

Interns in the first year of an internship must be continuously enrolled in supported teaching and the appropriate co-requisite internship seminars (listed below) for the duration of their internship employment. An internship must be a minimum of two terms in length.  The total credits will vary depending on the length of the internship.

Supported Teaching
EDTU 571-ASupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 571-BSupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 571-CSupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 591-ASupported Teaching II, Moderate/Severe2
Co-requisite Internship Seminars
EDUU 546Internship Seminar I1
EDUU 547Internship Seminar II1
EDUU 548Internship Seminar III1
EDUU 549Internship Seminar IV1
Supported Teaching
EDTU 571-DSupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 571-ESupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 571-FSupported Teaching I: Moderate/Severe2
EDTU 591-BSupported Teaching II, Moderate/Severe2
Co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar
EDUU 558Advanced Internship Seminar I2
EDUU 559Advanced Internship Seminar II2

Education Specialist: Early Childhood Special Education Intern Option

Interns in the first year of an internship must be continuously enrolled in supported teaching and the appropriate co-requisite internship seminars (listed below) for the duration of their internship employment. An internship must be a minimum of two terms in length.  The total credits will vary depending on the length of the internship.

Supported Teaching
EDTU 560-ASupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 560-BSupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 560-CSupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 561-ASupported Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education2
Co-requisite Internship Seminars
EDUU 546Internship Seminar I1
EDUU 547Internship Seminar II1
EDUU 548Internship Seminar III1
EDUU 549Internship Seminar IV1

Interns that have completed the supported teaching and internship seminars in the first year of an internship and return the following academic year as an intern must be continuously enrolled in the appropriate supported teaching and co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar courses listed below:

EDTU 560-DSupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 560-ESupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 560-FSupported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education2
EDTU 561-BSupported Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education2
Co-requisite Advanced Internship Seminar
EDUU 558Advanced Internship Seminar I2
EDUU 559Advanced Internship Seminar II2

Early Completion Options (Multiple and Single Subject Only)

  1. To qualify for the Early Completion Internship Option candidates must first be admitted to the Multiple or Single Subject Internship Program.
  2. Once admitted to the Internship program candidates must pass two entry assessments to enroll in  the Early Completion Option:
    • California Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Task 1-Subject Specific Pedagogy through LiveText. The TPA must be passed on the first attempt.
    • National Evaluation Series (NES) Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK): Elementary (Test code 051) for Multiple Subjects candidates or Secondary (Test code 052) for Single Subject candidates or submit passing scores for The Teaching Foundations Examination (TFE) (no longer administered but accepted*).  The exam may be taken more than once.
  3. Candidates must then complete and pass EDUU 551, specific supported teaching and the appropriate co-requisite internship seminar courses, California Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPA)  Tasks 2, 3 and 4 * and RICA (if in the Multiple subject internship option).
*

Please note: Candidates in the ECO must pass CalTPA Tasks 2, 3, and 4 on the first attempt or they will be placed back into the regular internship program and be required to complete all MS or SS credential program requirements and courses.

SB 57 Private School Option (Multiple and Single Subject Only)

Under the provisions of S.B. 57, candidates who have taught in a WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accredited private school for 3-5 years, within the past 7 years, may be eligible to waive all of student teaching and are not subject to the CalTPA, California Teaching Performance Assessment requirements. See an academic advisor or the teacher Accreditation Department for complete details regarding this program option.

California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

The state mandated California Teaching Performance Assessment is required for Multiple and Single Subject candidates. The assessment consists of two instructional cycles based on the pedagogical sequence of plan, teach and assess, reflect and apply.  Each of these four steps is addressed by each instructional cycle.  Candidates complete Instructional Cycle I during Directed Teaching I and Instructional Cycle 2 during Directed Teaching II. Cycles are submitted through Pearson and candidates pay a fee to submit each cycle.  Candidates who fail either of the two cycles must retake the cycle and pay the associated fee.  Both cycles must be passed in order to be recommended for the multiple or single subject credential.

Exit Portfolio

Portfolios are required for Education Specialist candidates only. After successfully completing clinical practice and all other coursework, education specialist candidates submit a portfolio demonstrating their competency based on the CTC’s Special Education Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE’s) through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.  Education Specialist Interns may submit their portfolios when they have completed all other coursework, excluding their supported teaching and internship seminar course.

Recommendation for Credential

Upon successfully completing and passing all credential, program and coursework requirements, the candidate may apply to be recommended to the CTC for the credential. To apply for the credential, candidates complete the Recommendation Form on the SOE Services MyBrandman site. Once the recommendation is made by the Teacher Accreditation Department, candidates complete a CTC exit survey and submit the credential fee.