How Do I Become a Teacher?

Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program prepares highly effective teachers who believe that education is a social justice enterprise. We seek teachers deeply committed to academic excellence, equity, and integrity.

Our Teacher Education faculty and staff can guide you toward a rewarding career in teaching. We offer a Preliminary Credential program and an Induction program—both necessary steps to becoming a teacher in California. Our Teacher Education program enables you to work toward a preliminary credential while simultaneously earning a Master of Arts in Education. And our Induction program is a great alternative to Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment (BTSA), the typical district-run induction program.

In addition, CGU offers a Direct-to-Clear Path that enables candidates to earn their full credential in California, allowing you to earn a preliminary credential, a Master of Arts in Education, and a clear credential.


Teacher Education Programs


Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a California Teacher


Teacher Education Fellowships

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 for its incoming class of future educators. Each qualified student admitted to the program will be awarded a $20,000 California Future Teachers Fellowship.

Claremont Native American Fellowship

Through a partnership with the US Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, Claremont Graduate University is able to award selected Native Americans with a generous support package to help them earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and a master’s in education in as little as 15 months. Learn more

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