About Credentialing

How does my program of undergraduate study relate to teacher credentialing?

Teacher Credentialing: Some Basic Information

Earning a teaching credential at the University of Redlands School of Education is the final step toward becoming a teacher. The teaching credential programs at Redlands are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and are aligned with state standards.

There are multiple teaching credential pathways including Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Educational Specialist. Students can earn a teaching credential only or complete a Master’s degree with a teaching credential. The University of Redlands' School of Education can answer any questions you have about teacher credentialing and graduate degrees in education. You can contact the Graduate and Professional Enrollment team or for enrolled students interested contact the Office of Student Success, who advises undergraduates interested in programs at the School of Education.

Prerequisites for admission to a Teaching Credential Program at the University of Redlands

1. Courses

Introduction to American Politics (POLI 111) or American History to 1877 (HIST 121)

2. Security Clearance

Obtain a CCTC Certificate of Clearance after fingerprinting. For information, visit the CCTC site.

3. Experience

Fifty hours of experience working with children or young adults. At least 25 of the 50 hours must be in a K-12 school setting. Can be met with your Community Service requirement or a course like LBST 201 that incorporates a community service component. Click here for the 50 hours verification form. 

4. Exams

We recommend that these exams be taken during the junior year.

  • Take and pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).* For information, practice tests, exam schedules and registration, visit the CBEST website.

  • Then, take and pass the appropriate CSET exam or complete an approved single subject program. For information, test guides, exam schedules and registration, visit the CSET website.

*For Multiple Subject teachers, the state has recently combined the CBEST and Multiple Subject CSET into one exam.

Taking Credential Coursework as an Undergraduate

The traditional credentialing programs are post-graduate and can be combined with work towards a Master's degree. However, some students desire for financial or other reasons to begin the credential coursework as an undergraduate rather than completing this coursework after graduation in a "fifth year." This is possible, but only after your second year and only after you have been approved to do so by advisors in both the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences (i.e. Liberal Studies) and in the graduate School of Education.

We strongly recommend that as an undergraduate you devote yourself to experiencing the many facets of academic life at this level (travel and study abroad, clubs, sports, creative and social activities). However, if you do have space in your schedule during your junior and senior year, have the requisite G.P.A. of 2.75, and are on track to completing your graduation requirements in your major, it is possible to start credential courses.

Education 401 Educational Foundations is a three-unit course that functions as a prerequisite for courses in the credential program. Following that, the bulk of the remaining credential courses are best taken together in seven-unit blocks that are made up of two courses and one fieldwork clinic. If you wish to pursue credential coursework as an undergraduate, you should thus have ample space in your schedule and be aware that the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences operate on different schedules of instruction. In addition, any credentialing courses taken as an undergraduate are counted as undergraduate units rather than as graduate units. For more information, potential applicants should contact the Graduate and Professional Enrollment Team and currently enrolled School of Education students should contact their advisor in the Office of Student Success.