The MA in Education with a California Teaching Credential in General Education puts theory into practice through an internship that provides paid, 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 paid, 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:

  • Preliminary Multiple-Subject Credential: For those who want to teach in elementary schools.
  • Preliminary Single-Subject Credential: For those who want to work in middle and high schools teaching a specific subject.
Program Highlights
  • Our teacher candidates must meet a clinical requirement in three out of four terms, translating to 42 weeks’ invaluable classroom experience—compared to six or seven weeks in standard programs.
  • Each qualified student admitted to the program will be awarded a $20,000 California Future Teachers Fellowship.
  • Teacher candidates who complete the program through the CGU internship typically earn an average of $48,000 annually within months of starting coursework.
  • CGU’S Teacher Education Program has built strong relationships with more than 150 school districts, which recognize that CGU has a reputation for producing high-quality teachers; the result is ample internship opportunities for our student-teachers.
  • Within five years of earning a Preliminary Credential in California, a teacher must earn a Clear Credential from an approved Induction Program. CGU has both a Preliminary Credential Program and an Induction Program.
  • CGU’s Induction Program can jump-start advanced study by enabling you to earn units applicable to an MA or PhD from the School of Educational Studies.

Program at a Glance

36 units

15–19 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.

Spring | Summer

Teacher Education

MA in Education; Credential, General Education

California Future Teachers Fellowship

California is facing a teacher shortage. Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program is responding to this impending crisis by providing fellowship support to future K-12 educators. Each qualified student admitted to the program will be awarded a minimum of $20,000 through the California Future Teachers Fellowship.

Featured Courses

EDUC 301
Teaching/Learning Process I

Introduces students to practical skills of teaching in a special education K–12 setting.

EDUC 303
Teaching/Learning Process II

Improves students’ internship experiences by focusing on classroom management, student engagement, strong lesson planning, establishing positive rapport, establishing positive behavior supports, and differentiated curriculum.

EDUC 305
Teaching/Learning Process III

Offers a deeper understanding of the cultures of K–12  school and community and how both influence the success of students in their classrooms.

EDUC 307
Teaching/Learning Process IV

Provides a platform for students after an entire academic year working in a clinical setting, to explore advanced discipline-specific methodology in their credential area.

Pre-Teaching Experience, Single Subject

Allows single-subject candidates work with a CGU Master Teacher in a discipline-specific, 5- to 10-week clinical setting to develop proficiency per the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs).

Curriculum Breakdown

Phase 1: Pre-Teaching
Semester Courses Total Units
Summer Teaching/Learning Process I; Literacy; Subject-Specific Methods; Clinical: Pre-Teaching 12 Units
Phase 2: Internship/Residency
Semester Courses Total Units
Fall Teaching/Learning Process II; Differentiated Instruction; Clinical: Internship or Residency 6 Units
Spring Teaching/Learning Process III; Technology; Clinical: Internship or Residency 6 Units
Phase 3: Post-Teaching
Semester Courses Total Units
Summer Teaching/Learning Process IV; Human Development and Learning Theory; Elective 12 Units

Faculty & Research

  • DeLacy Ganley profile image

    DeLacy Ganley

    Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Culturally relevant education; resiliency and achievement of marginalized populations; intersection of families, community, and school; language acquisition; social capital theory; systems theory

  • Eddie Partida profile image

    Eddie Partida

    Director, Department of Teacher Education

    Research Interests

    Teacher education, STEM education

  • Rebecca Hatkoff profile image

    Rebecca Hatkoff

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Critical Social Justice Teaching Competencies; Classroom and School Ecology; Effective and Empowering Pedagogy for all Students, Teacher Candidates, and Teachers; Strength-Based Views of Schools, Teachers, Students, Households, and Communities

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