Teaching Credential


At San Diego Christian College, we equip, empower, and send out educators who are called to make a Kingdom impact in the lives of students, their families, and our communities. The Teacher Credential Program (TCP) is for anyone who does not have a California Teaching Credential and is seeking a credential to teach in a K-12 classroom. Credentialed Teachers can also take a sub-set of courses from this program to obtain an additional credential. We have a variety of content areas: Social Science (History), English, Art, Music, Math, Science, and Physical Education. The TCP at SDCC is designed to meet the needs of working professionals without compromising standards for credentialing or for the classroom.  

The mission and vision of the Department of Education at SDCC is to nurture and develop excellent Christian educators who have an appropriate subject-matter foundation with an understanding of student behavior, competence in teaching, the ability to develop and encourage critical judgment and creativity, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards and Christian service.  

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TCP Students Are Prepared For: 

  • Elementary School Teaching 
  • Middle School Teaching 
  • High School Teaching 
  • Developing community partnerships 
  • Designing dynamic and engaging lesson plans
  • Curriculum and instructional Design 

You should consider Teaching Credential if you: 

  • You want to become a K-12 Teacher 
  • Enjoy working with children and youth 
  • Desire to make an impact in your community and society
  • Excel at building relationships, partnerships, and leading teams
  • Love mentoring and seeing others grow
  • Enjoy creating, building, or developing new ways of learning  

Graduates of the Teaching Credential Program work as: 

  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Middle School Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Curriculum Designers/Writers
  • Training specialists in education, business, marketing, and more
  • Educational consultants
  • Public policy coordinators or analysts
  • Administrators or directors in educational nonprofit organizations
  • Managers of public or in-home daycares and preschools 


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. SDCC’s Teacher Credential Program organizes required coursework and student teaching experience into three 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 completed during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

You can also enhance your California Teaching Credential with a graduate degree by enrolling in SDCC’s Combined Teacher Credential and MA in Teaching program, which allows you to complete both programs consecutively in about two years. Submit copies of your CBEST/CSET or proof of registration for the test(s) along with your application.

Credential Offerings 

  • Multiple Subject
  • Social Science (History)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Music
  • Math
  • Science
  • Physical Education 

Courses you will take:
(1) Single Subject Credential, (2) Multiple Subject Credential 


Pre-requisite courses may be completed during your undergraduate program or after completing your undergraduate program but before you begin the TCP program at SDCC.  

  • Introduction to American Government (1)(2) 
  • Introduction to Linguistics (1)(2) 
  • Instructional & Educational Technology (1)(2) 
  • Mathematics for Educators (2)
  • Science Methods for Educators (2)
  • Biological Health Education (1)(2)
  • Integration of Visual & Performing Arts (2)
  • Introduction to Education (1)(2) 

Required for Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 

  • Teaching of Reading: Learning 
  • Teaching of Reading: Reading 
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education  
  • Inclusion, Collaboration, and the Exceptional Child
  • TESOL in Multicultural Classrooms
  • Student Teaching in Elementary School
  • Seminar in Directed Student Teaching 

Required for Single Subject Teaching Credential 

  • Educational Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education
  • Inclusion, Collaboration, and the Exceptional Child
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • TESOL in Multicultural Classroom
  • Secondary Teaching Methods
  • Student Teaching in Secondary School 
  • Seminar in Directed Student Teaching 

TCP Degree Audit: 

Your pathway from Education to Vocation will include: 

  • Building your teaching skills and strategies 
  • Developing your Educational Philosophy 
  • Engaging in culturally responsive instruction and community building 
  • Gaining experience in teaching through observation and engagement 
  • Receiving feedback on your teaching practice
  • Hands on teaching experience in K-12 classrooms 


Kathleen Poole, M.A., Ed.D
Credentialing Analyst
Adjunct Professor, Education 

 B.A. in Elementary Education, Judson University
M.A. in Educational Leadership, Aurora University
Ed.D in Curriculum and instruction, Aurora University 

Dissertation: The Impact of Student Demographics on ISAT Testing and the Resulting Perceptions of Teachers after Placement on Academic Warning  

Areas of Focus: 8th-grade math, elementary school leadership, curriculum and instruction, professional development, graduate-level instruction, and held leadership positions in education as a school principal, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development.  

I would like all students to know that through their program at SDCC, they have the interest and support of their instructors. I know for myself; my goal is their success.  

Stacey Harrell, M.S., Ed.D
Adjunct Professor, Education

B.A. Liberal Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
M.S. in Counseling Education, National University San Diego
Pupil Personnel Services Credential
Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University 

Area of Focus:
Restorative practices trainer, Trauma-Informed Practices Trainer, Self-injury, helping and healing, BRIEF counseling, PREPaRE School crisis training, CSEC training, Youth Mental Health training, Quantum Learning levels 1-5, Math Solutions level 1-3. 

As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you have to change the world.”  Becoming a teacher, you will impact and empower students for years to come.  It will be hard, but extremely rewarding and well worth the difficulties it took to get there.  

Desiree Jacobs, M.A.
Adjunct Professor, Education 

B.A. Psychology, University of California San Diego
M.A. in Education, San Diego State University
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 

 Areas of FocusCurriculum development, spiritual growth, TESOL, ELL, Visual and Performing Arts in Education.  

SDCC is a place where students’ academic success and spiritual growth are at the forefront of every staff member’s focus.  Students are educated, supported, and mentored to become future leaders, educators, and world-changers. 

Tira Wakayama, M.A.
Adjunct Professor, Education 

B.A. Sociology, Biola University
Minor in Intercultural Studies and Bible
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
M.A. in Teaching, Chapman University 

 Area of Focus: ELL certified, Reading & Math Intervention Group Specialist, Using Teaching for Global Ministry.  

Starting your degree at SDCC is an opportunity to invite God into your future ministry and career.  At SDCC you are surrounded by Professors who are experienced in your field, who love the Lord and are passionate to mentor you in your education.  Teaching the next generation of Teachers is my calling and great joy! 

Rhonda Brown, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor, Education 

M.Ed. Secondary Education and Teaching, UC San Diego 

 Area of Focus: Secondary Teaching Methods, English Language Learners, Spanish, SCUBA diving. Curriculum Design.  

Timothy Barry
Adjunct Professor, Education 

 Area of Focus: Government, Economics, U.S. History, High School Education.  

 Brian Dougherty 

Kathryn Wirz, M.A., M.B.A.
Adjunct Professor, Education & Online 

B.A. in Labral Arts, California State University San Bernardino 
M.A. in Education, Ashford University
M.B.A. with concentration in project management, Ashford University
M.A. in Early Childhood Education Leadership, University of Arizona Global  

Area of Focus: Elementary school education, business education, in higher education for over 12 years, coaching and working with children of all ages.  

Teachers have 3 loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together – Scott Hayden 

Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education. 

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