Jan 15, 2021
Summary of Units:
Requirements for Admission to the Integrated Elementary Teaching Credential Emphasis:
Students must be accepted into the Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis prior to enrolling in the 400-level EDAP courses. Students may apply for admission in the first semester of their junior year after completing 60 units in the Liberal Studies, B.A. Teaching and Learning Emphasis. Admission will be granted based upon completing the following requirements. Applications and advising are available in the CI Clinical Experience and Partnerships Office.
- Examinations - Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis.
- Health Clearance - Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin test is valid for four years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office or the county health department.
- Certificate of Clearance - Students must possess a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and potential to work with children must be submitted with the Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis application.
- Writing Sample - Writing samples are required as part of the application process. The writing sample includes a 500-600 word essay describing the applicant’s interest in teaching children with the diversity of languages and cultures represented in California schools.
- Interview - The Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis admissions committee will interview candidates once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete.
Special Grade and GPA Requirement:
A minimum grade of “C” in all major courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0 “B” are required to remain in this Emphasis.
Lower Division Requirements - 44 units
Upper Division Requirements - 35 units
Professional Preparation Requirements - 36 units
Required Liberal Studies Concentration - 9 units
Lower-division courses may be substituted with transferable community college courses. Students should work with their Liberal Studies Faculty Advisor to identify the courses that may be used to meet concentration requirements.
Nine additional units must be taken from one of the following concentrations:
1. Bilingual Authorization Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help prepare students for the Bilingual Authorization examination leading to bilingual certification.
Special Grade Requirement: All courses in this concentration must be completed with a grade of C+ or better to be counted towards a Bilingual Authorization.
Once you are in a Credential Program, you will take two additional credential-level courses, EDML 563 and EDML 564 , to obtain a waiver to take any examinations for bilingual authorization.
2. History and Social Science Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will be good preparation for anyone wanting to teach social studies.
3. Human Development and Psychology Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for working with students in the classroom.
Complete a minimum of nine units of psychology courses, at least three of the nine units must be upper division.
4. Mathematics Concentration 9 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for teaching Mathematics.
Students should meet with a Mathematics Faculty Advisor to design their Mathematics Concentration. With their advice, it may be possible to complete enough courses to qualify for a Foundational Mathematics Minor to teach middle school.
5. Reading, Language and Literature Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a good background for teaching language arts.
6. Science Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will prepare future teachers to specialize in science-teaching. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses from at least two different disciplines, e.g., BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, etc.
Complete a minimum of nine units of science courses, at least three of the nine units must be upper division. Consider choosing one Upper Division General Education Area B (UDGE-B) course.
7. Visual and Performing Arts Concentration - 9 units
This concentration will help build a strong background for teaching the arts.
Complete a minimum of nine units from visual and performing arts, e.g., ART, PA, PADA, PAMU, PATH, etc. or any GE Area C1 course - at least three of the nine units must be upper division, but consider choosing two upper division courses; one of the courses may be an Upper Division General Education Area B (UDGE-B) course.