School of Education Programs of Study 

Accreditation and Certification 
Each teacher and service credential is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The teacher credentials are aligned with California SB 2042 standards. The pupil personnel services and the administrative services credentials also meet current state mandates. Master’s programs and the doctoral program are accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Credential Programs

Teacher Credential Programs (SB 2042)
Preliminary Multiple Subject, elementary
Preliminary Single Subject, secondary
Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Service Credential Programs
Pupil Personnel Services Credential
Clear Administrative Services Credential 

Master of Arts Degrees 

Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) consists of 60 credits along with clinical practicum hours and offers an environment of academic excellence designed to provide a transformational learning experience while preparing and empowering graduate students seeking entrance into the field of clinical mental health counseling. By having access to cutting-edge educational experiences, skilled clinical supervision, and a rigorous academic program of study, students are afforded the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive body of knowledge, professional skills, ethical foundations, and cultural competencies. With an embedded emphasis on issues of social justice and advocacy counseling, this carefully structured training program prepares students for success, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).

Master of Arts in Education Degrees and Services Credentials
The School of Education offers the following areas of study for a Master of Arts in Education degree: School Counseling, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Human Services, and Learning and Teaching. The requirements for specific California teaching or services credentials may be incorporated into some degree programs. In addition, master’s degrees may be earned without credentials, as in School Counseling. For those already holding master’s degrees, a pupil personnel services credential may be earned in a credential-only program. Some programs have multiple starts each year. Classes are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working adults and courses are taught by full-time faculty and adjunct practitioners. Students also have Internet access to course content, classmates and faculty through Moodle, a software program that facilitates online discussions and information exchange.

The master’s programs, with the exception of the Master of Arts in Education Learning and Teaching, are based on a foundation of graduate courses. These “core courses” provide the basic knowledge and skills to perform graduate level research, assessment, evaluation, writing, and personal and professional reflection, as well as multicultural perspectives. In addition to these core courses, each program has requirements specific to its discipline and tailored to meet student needs and interests.

Students in these master’s programs complete an exit process tailored to their individual program (see program information for more details).

Doctoral Program
The Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice (Ed.D.) is a nationally unique program that engages up to 20 students per cohort in rigorous study, debate, research, and practice. Our driving mission is to produce scholarly practitioners who are sought for leadership roles in schools, districts, agencies, and public service, as well as faculty positions in institutions of higher education.  

Students register for classes using Student Planning. Students plan their program in consultation with their advisors during the orientation periods that precede registration day and the start of classes. Recommended pathways are available on the School of Education website. Changes in registration may be made at the beginning of each term, before the add/drop deadline. Relevant dates are listed in the academic calendar.

Upon admission students will be assigned an academic advisor. During the advising period students will work with an advisor to determine course selection that meet both State and University requirements and are tailored to the student’s interests. For specific programmatic requirements, students should refer to this catalog or 

Orientation will provide students with essential information regarding coursework, fieldwork, financial aid, and the overall functions of the university. Orientation will be held for incoming students prior to the start of classes. Refer to the academic calendar for orientation dates. Students are strongly encouraged to attend.