How do I Become a Teacher in California?
If you want to teach in a K–12 classroom, you may consider applying to a teacher preparation program that can recommend you for a teaching credential. The state of California has a two-tier credential structure. A preliminary/level I credential is the first document issued after a candidate meets basic credential requirements through their teacher preparation program. Pacific Oaks College offers two preliminary credentials:
- The Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies graduates to teach in preschool, grades K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.
- The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential authorizes candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
The preliminary credential is valid for a maximum of five years, during which time a candidate must obtain a clear/level II credential. More information on completing the second level is available through the .
All California public school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution to earn a teaching credential. However, you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in order to begin the credential program. Pacific Oaks College offers “blended” programs that allow candidates to complete their undergraduate degree and credential simultaneously and in less time than if they pursued these objectives separately. The two “blended” programs available are the BA Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and the BA Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education.
In addition to completing a bachelor’s degree, candidates must pass the , a test on reading, writing and math, the , a subject-matter competency exam, and the in order to be recommended for a teaching credential. Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential candidates are also required to pass four For more information on how Pacific Oaks College administers the CalTPA please refer to our TPA Policy.
Title II Reports for passage rates of license examination
Pacific Oaks College complies with all federal government reporting requirements pursuant to Section 207 of the Higher Education Act Title II passed by Congress in 1998. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Student Aid Commission require a link to the most current year passing rates of the license examination according to . Please see the for information on the most recent academic year for which data is available.
Teacher Credentialing and Education Degree Programs Offered at Pacific Oaks
Joint Degree/Credentialing Programs
- B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education
- B.A. in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education
- B.A. in Human Development with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- B.A. in Community Psychology: Elementary Education
- M.A. Education: Elementary Education
- M.A. Education: Special Education
Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential Programs
- Elementary School Teacher in California—including kindergarten and grades 1-12
- Teacher for students with mild to moderate disabilities in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 in classroom settings as well as adults through the age of 22
Students with questions about California preliminary teaching credential requirements, student teaching, or the intern credential, should visit the Credentials Office page or contact the Credential Analyst at [email protected].
All inquiries from prospective students should be directed to Admissions.