In California, credentialing is a two-step process. The first credential a teacher needs to earn is a Preliminary Credential. If you are new to the teaching profession, you would first work towards your Preliminary Credential. Within five years of earning a Preliminary Credential, a California teacher must earn a Clear Credential from an approved Induction Program. A teacher cannot start working towards a Clear Credential until he/she has earned a Preliminary Credential.
CGU has a Preliminary Credential + MA Program and an Induction Program. CGU's Induction Program is a great alternative to BTSA, a district-run Induction Program. CGU also has a "Direct to Clear Path" that allows a person to earn a Preliminary Credential, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Clear Credential in just two years (with the option for the last year to be done while living outside of Southern California). This is the most expedited route to full credentialing.
Why get a Preliminary Credential AND a Master's of Arts Degree?
Teachers who have advanced degrees earn more than teachers who don't have advanced degrees. Plus, we think the additional coursework helps improve the teacher's ability to work with students.
Types of Preliminary Credentials &
MA Degrees Offered
Our candidates simultaneously earn their teaching Preliminary Credential and Master's of Arts degree.
Click on the links to see a program overview.