Undergraduate students, who are interested in enrolling in a teacher credential program, need to complete certain coursework prerequisites and non-coursework requirements before they may register for the credential courses.

Coursework Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA requirement of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or approved petition

  • Successful progression through the CAS foundation and major requirements towards graduation

  • Successful completion of Child Development (EDUG 331) or equivalent

  • Initiation of Subject Matter Competency documentation (see below)

Non-Coursework Requirements

  • Completed "Request to Enroll" for the School of Education

  • Evidence of passing the CBEST, the California Basic Education Skills Test

  • State mandated general examination for all teacher credential applicants

  • Initiation of Certificate of Clearance - required by schools for criminal and character identification clearance

  • Negative result to TB test within last two years

  • Evidence of fifty (50) documented hours of observation or work with children or youth in a public school setting or equivalent

  • Determination of Educational Technology Competency (see below)

  • Submission of two (2) personal recommendations

Undergraduates who want to begin teacher credential coursework before completing their Baccalaureate degree, need to complete a separate form which requests permission to enroll in the credential courses.

Education admission counselors and the teacher education faculty in the School of Education (located in University Hall North) are available to answer questions and explain the prerequisites and request to enroll process. Enrollment decisions are made by the School of Education faculty.

Upon approval to enroll in the teacher credential program, the undergraduate may begin to take the sequence of teacher education courses required to obtain a California Preliminary Teacher Credential.


Students interested in becoming teachers will receive assistance from two sets of University advisors. All undergraduate students are assigned a First Year Faculty Advisor and then seek a major advisor after declaring their major areas of study. These advisors are members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and will advise and monitor students' progression through their undergraduate degree programs. Questions regarding Baccalaureate degree requirements will be fielded by these faculty advisors.

Undergraduate students who are thinking about teaching or who have already decided to pursue a Preliminary Teacher Credential, should inform the School of Education of their interest so they may receive assistance from the teacher education advisor, faculty and staff in the School of Education.

The sequence of teacher credential courses can be integrated into undergraduates' schedules, but enrollment needs to coordinate with the successful progression of all CAS requirements towards graduation and the completion of the coursework prerequisites for the teacher credential. Students are responsible for ensuring they are collaboratively advised by both CAS and Education advisors, and that their CAS advisors are informed about their intention to enroll in the prerequisite courses and to integrate some or all of the teacher credential sequence of courses.

Educational Technology Competency

The State has a technology competency requirement (Level I) which needs to be met before a credential can be obtained. The Director of Educational Technology in the School of Education reviews the competency level of each applicant to the Teacher Credential Programs and either determines that the proficiency level is met or develops a plan to address the areas not met.

CCTC Level I competencies may be met by one of the three options identified below:


Students may begin the teacher credential program with basic computer skills. Before the first course begins, students and the Director of Educational Technology or designee develop individual plans identifying the skills and competencies that need to be addressed. These plans describe what workshops need to be attended and what items need to be produced to show competency. Students have the first term, which is the duration of their first course, to complete the necessary workshops and evidence competency in order to continue with their second course. Throughout the Preliminary Teacher Credential Program, curriculum provides the technology integration activities which are required by the CCTC. Therefore, upon completion of the program, Level I Computer Proficiency is attained.


Students can successfully complete a course taught at an accredited institution of higher education and approved by the CCTC as addressing the Level I technology standards. Redlands offers EDUC 589, which can be taken by undergraduates. A comparable course offered at other schools may be used, although this needs to be approved by the Director of Educational Technology.


Students can take and pass the Preliminary Educational Technology Test offered by SSAT. Content specifications for the test are available on the CCTC Web site.

Subject Matter Competency

To obtain a Preliminary Teacher Credential, candidates must evidence competency in specific subject matter or content area. In the State of California this requirement can be met by successful completion of one of the alternatives described below.

Candidates for either the Multiple Subject (teaching in elementary schools) or Single Subject (teaching single-content areas in middle or high schools) must either:

  1. Pass state-approved examinations (CSET) in appropriate academic fields, or

  2. Complete a state-approved, university major that meets subject matter competency and waives the state examination requirement. The University of Redlands offers three waiver programs: a Liberal Studies Program for elementary teachers, a Social Studies Program for secondary teachers, and a Music Program for teaching in both elementary and secondary schools. Before teacher credential candidates are allowed to student teach, competency in related subject matter content areas must be evidenced by either passing the CSET or by completing at least four-fifths of the content program.

Teacher Credential Coursework and Field Experience

The coursework and the field experience segments of the Preliminary Teacher Credential are delivered in a prescribed sequence. An educational foundation course is followed by four methods-related courses. These methods courses are accompanied by two early field experiences in the public school system. When candidates demonstrate the required program competencies including all prerequisites, content and pedagogy coursework with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, they may begin their student teaching placement and the culminating seminar course. The use of educational technology is incorporated in all courses and field experiences, as are the theory and skills needed to effectively teach English Learners and diverse student populations enrolled in today's classroom.

Course Sequence for Multiple Subject Teacher Credential

  • EDUG 401, Educational Foundations (3)

  • EDUG 403, Multiple Subject Curriculum and Methods I (Math and Science) (3)

  • EDUG 400A, Multiple Subject Fieldwork Clinic I (1)

  • EDUG 405, Multiple Subject Literacy and Language I (3)

  • EDUG 407, Multiple Subject Curriculum and Methods II (3)

  • EDUG 400B, Multiple Subject Fieldwork Clinic II (1)

  • EDUG 409, Multiple Subject Literacy and Language II (3)

  • EDUG 452, Teaching Seminar (3)

  • EDUG 453A, Student Teaching (5)

  • EDUG 453B, Student Teaching (5)

Course Sequence for Single Subject Teacher Credential

  • EDUG 401, Educational Foundations (3)

  • EDUG 402, Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools (3)

  • EDUG 400C, Single Subject Fieldwork Clinic I (1)

  • EDUG 404, Single Subject Literacy and Language (3)

  • EDUG 406, Single Subject Content Teaching (3)

  • EDUG 400D, Single Subject Fieldwork Clinic II (1)

  • EDUG 408, Single Subject Content Area Literacy (3)

  • EDUG 452, Teaching Seminar (3)

  • EDUG 453A, Student Teaching (5)

  • EDUG 453B, Student Teaching (5)

Professional Teacher Credential

Within five years of receiving a Preliminary Teacher Credential SB 2042, the State requires teachers to complete the requirements for a Professional Teacher Credential. This is usually accomplished in the first two years of teaching through the school district's Teacher Induction Program. The State of California has outlined the necessary components of a Teacher Induction Standards, and each district has had their program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The School of Education has partnered with several school districts and the county consortium to offer the required components of the Teacher Induction Standards. University sponsored induction courses may be offered in a Professional Development format, where the CCTC requirements are met, or offered in a Master's degree format, where the units earned may be applied to a Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction degree program. Descriptions of those courses are found in the Teacher Credential Program and Master of Arts in Education sections of this website.

Departmental Honors

The School of Education does not offer departmental honors because Education is not a designated major. However, students who plan to teach may pursue honors in their major departments. Related information may be obtained from CAS and designated major faculty advisors.