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The MA in Education with a California Preliminary Teaching Credential puts theory into practice through an internship that provides mentor-guided clinical experience and prepares teachers who make a difference in the world.

Work in schools should be informed by academic research and, likewise, discussions at the university need to be enriched by real-life classroom experience. We believe the best way to prepare great teachers is through real-world experience. Our program’s internship component provides a mentor-guided teaching experience in a K–12 setting, where every assignment and class is designed to develop the skills, strategies, and attitudes you’ll need to interrupt cycles of academic failure. You will grapple with the academic and the theoretical as well as the practical and the clinical. You’ll be mentored by seasoned K–12 veterans, many of whom have taken time out of the K–12 arena to pursue doctoral work in our School of Educational Studies or to participate in research projects.

Our candidates simultaneously earn their Master of Arts degree and one of the following credentials:

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

36 units

12–24 months

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

Teacher Education

MA in Education; California Preliminary Teaching Credential (Single or Multiple Subject)

Featured Courses

EDUC 301
TLP 1: Teaching/Learning Process for Social Justice & Equity

Develops a foundation of shared understanding and language regarding prevalent harmful practices and hidden curriculum in schools, and supports candidates in adopting humanizing and empowering habits of mind and practice to disrupt them.

EDUC 303
TLP 2: Cultivating Differentiated Classroom Ecologies

Complements candidates’ first months in their classroom placement by introducing robust research and scholarship to support them in differentiating not only their instructional practices for students, but also their care, relationship building, and communication with students and households.

EDUC 305
TLP 3: Instructional Intensity & Support for All Learners

Deepens candidates’ understanding of students’ & households’ funds of knowledge and their school/community culture, so they can design challenging curricula predicated not only on strong content and pedagogical knowledge but also on the cultural and linguistic assets of their students.

EDUC 307
TLP 4: Ethnographic Narrative Capstone

Guides candidates through critical, compassionate, rigorous, and purpose-driven sensemaking of the ethnographic data and artifacts they have collected throughout the course of their first year teaching; results in an ethnographic narrative project that reflects’ candidates’ growth and propels their ongoing development as critical social justice educators.

Literacy & Methods Series (I-III)

Provides candidates with the subject-specific pedagogical content knowledge needed to design and deliver inclusive, rigorous, and language-rich learning experiences that promote academic success and serve to empower students who have historically been marginalized and under-considered in the curriculum.

Clinical Experience (Residency/Internship)

Allows teacher candidates to work alongside a CGU Mentor Teacher (Residency) or as the teacher of record (Internship) in a discipline-specific, year-long clinical setting to develop the knowledge, skills, and practices of critical social justice educators.

Pathways to Certification

To accommodate a variety of backgrounds and learning styles, our program can be completed exclusively online, or it can be combined with select face-to-face courses and/or weekend seminars to make it a high-touch hybrid experience. We provide three pathways to certification:

Program Length: 12-18 Months
Residency Pathway
  • Provides you personalized training to build strong foundational skills.
  • Observe and teach under a mentor teacher, gradually taking on more ownership throughout the school year.
  • Unpaid
Program Length: 18-24 months
Internship Pathway
  • Provides personalized training and an accelerated pathway into the classroom.
  • Complete a year-long internship as the teacher of record in your classroom.
  • Work in a local school district, directly impacting students and communities.
  • Receive a salary during your internship year (average:$45K/year).

Sample 12-Month Residency Pathway

Semester Courses Units
Summer (August) Teaching/Learning Process I 4 units
Fall Teaching/Learning Process II; Literacy & Methods I- A & B; Clinical: Residency; CalTPA 1; Elective 12 units
Spring Teaching/Learning Process III; Literacy & Methods II; Clinical: Residency; CalTPA 2; Elective 12 units
Summer (July) Teaching/Learning Process IV; Elective 8 units


Sample 18-Month Internship Pathway

Semester Courses Units
Spring Teaching/Learning Process I; Clinical: Pre-teaching 6 units
Summer Literacy & Methods 1-A; Elective (4); Elective(2) 9 units
Fall Teaching/Learning Process II; Literacy & Methods I-B; Clinical: Internship; CalTPA 1; TLP IV A 10 units
Spring Teaching/Learning Process III; Literacy & Methods II; Clinical: Internship; CalTPA 2; TLP IV B 11 units

Faculty & Research

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