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California Teaching Credential Teacher Certification Program

Whether you’re a recent college graduate preparing for your first teaching job or a professional exploring a second career, a California Teaching Credential is your key to employment within the state’s public school systems. Prospective educators in Southern California can enroll in the convenient and comprehensive Teacher Credential Program (TCP) offered by San Diego Christian College (SDC).

The Education Department at San Diego Christian College is committed to developing qualified educators who understand how to inspire and engage students. U.S. News and World Report ranks SDC #11 among the Best Regional Colleges in the West. As a result, graduates can be confident their SDC credentials will be respected within the education field.

SDC’s Teacher Credential Program organizes required coursework and student teaching experience into three 16-week blocks. If you complete the Block 1 prerequisite courses during your undergraduate studies or summer term, you can finish the TCP in one year.† Blocks 2 and 3 involve observation and student teaching at public K–12 schools; as such, they are typically undertaken during the Fall and Spring semesters.

You can also enhance your California Teaching Credential with a graduate degree by enrolling in SDC’s Combined Teacher Credential and MA in Teaching program, which allows you to complete both programs consecutively in less than two years. Click to learn more, or Read on for details on the standalone TCP options.

TEACHING CREDENTIAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

ONLINE*
+
ON CAMPUS

APPLICATION FEE

CREDIT HOURS

YEARS TO COMPLETE

SDC Teacher Certification: Credential Options

Before enrolling in the California Teaching Credential program at San Diego Christian College, students must first declare the grade levels they intend to teach, which determines which type of credential they will earn.

Single-Subject Teaching Credential

Educators who plan to teach at the junior-high or high-school level (Grades 7–12) will typically specialize in a primary subject area and should enroll in the Single-Subject Teaching Credential program.

Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential

Teachers who intend to work in an elementary school (Grades K–6) must be prepared to instruct students in a range of academic disciplines, and should therefore enroll in the Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential program.

Learning Objectives for the Teacher Credential Program

  • Fulfill all of the California Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) as measured by the Teacher Performance Assessments (TPAs).
  • Prove subject matter competence as measured by the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in the appropriate content area. Other requirements:
    • Pass the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or the writing portion of the CSET to demonstrate fundamental education skills.
    • Multiple Subject TCP candidates (elementary education) must show competency in teaching reading through the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA).
  • Demonstrate proficiency as a new teacher by accomplishing all of the following:
    • Achieve a grade of B- or higher in all post-graduate professional courses.
    • Pass California’s state-mandated Teaching Performance Assessment Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4.
    • Earn an A or B grade in student teaching.
  • Exhibit exemplary Christian character traits as observed by the cooperating teachers and college supervisors.

Fulfill all of the California Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) as measured by the Teacher Performance Assessments (TPAs).

Learning Objectives for the Teacher Credential Program

BLOCK 1

Prerequisites:
Education Classes

UP TO 15 CREDITS
FOR SINGLE-SUBJECT TCP

UP TO 20 CREDITS
FOR MULTIPLE-SUBJECT TCP

BLOCK 2

Teacher Credential
Coursework

15 CREDIT HOURS
FOR SINGLE-SUBJECT TCP

16 CREDIT HOURS
FOR MULTIPLE-SUBJECT TCP

BLOCK 3

Student Teaching
+ Seminar

15 CREDIT HOURS
FOR BOTH TCP OPTIONS

PUBLIC SCHOOL(WEEKDAYS/SCHOOL HOURS:
16–18 WEEKS OF FULL-TIME
CLINICAL CLASSROOM
PLACEMENT)

In Block 1, students in SDC’s Teaching Credential program must complete 15 to 20 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Those who took Education courses in their undergraduate degree program may be able to transfer credits into the TCP, which will reduce the total number of prerequisite classes that must be taken in Block 1. SDC offers most of the prerequisite courses 100% online, apart from MA 303 (which is required for the Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential).

Block 2 features 15 or 16 credit hours of graduate-level Teacher Credential coursework. The courses include evening and weekend classes at SDC’s Santee campus as well as observation hours in a public school. In Block 3, students in both Teaching Credential programs will undertake 15 credit hours of student teaching experience (12 credits of teaching and a 3-credit seminar) at a public school within 20 miles of the Santee campus.

Teacher Credential Program Curriculum

Refer to the listing below for the courses and credit hours associated with both Teacher Credential programs. Course descriptions and other relevant information can be found in SDC’s Course Catalog.

Core Courses for the Teaching Credential Program
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses Required for Both Single- and Multiple-Subject TCP
BIO 300 Biological Health Education 3
ED 300 Introduction to Education 3
EN 316 Introduction to Linguistics 3
SS 205 Introduction to American Government/Constitution 3
Additional Courses Required for Single-Subject TCP
CIS 141 Introduction to Computers 3
  Credit Hours for Single-Subject TCP 15
Additional Courses Required for Multiple-Subject TCP
ED 312 Science Methods for Educators 1
ED 313 Integration of Visual and Performing Arts 1
ED 315 Instructional and Educational Technology 3
MA 303 Mathematics for Educators 3
  Credit Hours for Multiple-Subject TCP 20
Block 2: Teaching Credential Coursework
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses Required for Both Single- and Multiple-Subject TCP
ED 503 Educational Psychology 3
ED 506 TESOL in the Multicultural Classroom 3
ED 5016 Inclusion, Collaboration, and the Exceptional Child 1
Additional Courses Required for Single-Subject TCP
ED 504 Adolescent Literacy 3
ED 506 Adolescent Literacy 3
ED 508 Secondary Teaching Methods 2
  Credit Hours for Single-Subject TCP 15
Additional Courses Required for Multiple-Subject TCP
ED 501A Teaching of Reading: Learning to Read 1
ED 501B Teaching of Reading: Reading to Learn 1
ED 505 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education 3
  Credit Hours for Multiple-Subject TCP 16
Block 3: Student Teaching
Course # Course Name Credits
Courses Required for Single-Subject TCP
ED 548 Student Teaching in Secondary School 12
ED 552 Seminar in Directed Secondary Teaching 3
  Credit Hours for Single-Subject TCP 15
Courses Required for Multiple-Subject TCP
ED 547 Student Teaching in Elementary School 12
ED 551 Seminar in Directed Elementary Teaching 3
  Credit Hours for Multiple-Subject TCP 15

“This program prepared me for real-world classroom experience within a close community of educators. Faculty created a positive culture that fostered independent, reflective thinking about pedagogical practice that integrated methods for promoting Christian values in the classroom.”

– Katy



“SDC graduates desire to make an impact, and this is true of those who graduate from the Department of Education. Our students are connected to ‘real-life’ teachers in the classroom and through experience. These professionals are experts who connect theory and best practices for SDC students. This develops our future teachers with a variety of experiences that recognizes the power of the classroom to transform lives.”

– Dr. Lorri Ague, Acting Chair of Education Department

FACULTY

All instructors in the Teacher Credential Program are experienced educators and subject-matter experts with a passion for Christ-centered learning. Meet TCP instructor Katie Musser:

Katie Musser

Adjunct Lecturer, English and Teacher Credential Program

  • BA English
    San Diego Christian College
  • MA, TESOL
    Azusa Pacific University

Why Choose SDC’s Teacher Credential Program? Top Reasons to Start Today

The Teacher Credential Program is led by experienced faculty and features the course content and student teaching experience required to earn a California Teaching Credential. You’ll have access to the same campus resources as traditional full-time students, including library services and a team of Student Support professionals who are dedicated to your success. Other reasons to choose SDC:

  • On Campus and Online: Most prerequisite courses (apart from MA 303) are available 100% online, and required Block 2 courses are held on campus during evenings and/or weekends. (Block 2 fieldwork and Block 3 student teaching take place weekdays during normal K–12 public school hours.)
  • Affordable: Graduate courses are just $570 per credit, and SDC accepts many forms of financial aid, including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, veterans’ benefits, and employer tuition reimbursement.
  • No Application Fee: It costs nothing to apply to SDC, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Apply for free today, and you could begin your first classes in a matter of weeks!

* Most of the Block 1 prerequisite courses are available 100% online; however, MA 303 (required for the Multiple-Subject TCP) is only offered on campus.

† Students may finish the TCP in as little as one year if the Block 1 prerequisite courses are completed during undergraduate studies or summer term. Those who enroll in Block 1 during the Fall or Spring semester will take longer to finish the program, as Block 2 school observation and Block 3 student teaching are scheduled when K–12 schools are in session.

 

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