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Education

Credential: Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program (Single Subject)

NOTE: The University is currently not accepting new applications for this program.

The Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program (TC) at USU is the key step toward a career as a K-6 or 7-12 teacher. Students interested in teaching at the K-6 school level in the State of California must have completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited university and have the capacity to pass the California Subjects Examination for Teachers (CSET), or have completed a commission-approved elementary subject-matter program. Students interested in teaching at the 7-12 school level must have completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited university and have the capacity to pass the appropriate subject-matter examination (CSET), such as English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, World Languages (Spanish), or have completed a commission-approved subject-matter program.

The College of Education offers the following Teacher Credentialing programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC):

  • 2042 Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential
  • 2042 Single Subject Preliminary Credential
  • Bilingual Authorization (Spanish/English)

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the Teacher Credentialing Preparation Program candidates will learn, apply and reflect upon the following Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE’s):

TPE 1:     Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning
TPE 2:     Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
TPE 3:     Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
TPE 4:     Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students
TPE 5:     Assessing Student Learning
TPE 6:     Developing as a Professional Educator

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

The Teacher Credentialing Program has program specific requirements for admission in addition to the general admission requirements. Applicants interested in the Teacher Credentialing Program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Official transcripts must be provided from all previously attended colleges and universities. Applicants must be able to provide proof of completion of U.S. Constitution coursework.  If no proof is available students will be required to complete USU’s HIS120.

The following documents must be submitted at time of application:

  • Purpose Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Completed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • CSET: Proof of passing, attempting, registering, enrolling in a preparation program
  • Healthcare Clearance – official copy of the Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Certificate of Clearance

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Completed and passed the CSET for the credential being sought.
  • CPR Certification
  • 32 hours of observation completed

*Preliminary Teacher Credential Candidates are required to successfully complete two (2) CalTPA Instructional Cycles as part of their summative assessment for teacher credentialing as defined in Standard 17 of the 2042 credential document.

**Please note: The new CalTPA begins on July 1, 2018. Therefore, per CTC guidelines, “Any candidate starting the teacher credentialing program after July 1, 2018, will be required to take the approved revised CalTPA.” In these cases, the revised CalTPA activities will now take place during the clinical practice.

Similarly, and by law, “Candidates who initiate the current CalTPA prior to July 1, 2018, have the right to complete the (original) CalTPA for up to two (2) years from their program start date.”

Teacher Credentialing and Licensure

Students are assisted in preparing their documents to request the preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials to CCTC.

Requirements for the Preliminary Credential

Students should refer to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/requirements.html to determine requirements for licensure in the State of California.

COMPLETION TIME

42 Semester Credits/ 4 Semesters/16 Months

* Bilingual Authorization 9 Credits/1 additional Semester/4 additional months

TUITION & COST

Teaching Credential:
Per Credit Hour: $465
Estimated Tuition: $19,930

Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization:
Per Credit Hour: $465
Estimated Tuition: $24,115

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
  • Complete program with a Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Passed CalTPA Tasks*
  • Passed the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) (Multiple Subjects only)
  • Professional Teaching Portfolio
  • Exit interview
  • Exit survey
Core Requirements
21 Credits
Single Subject Core Courses
9 Credits
Single Subject Clinical Practice
12 Credits
Bilingual Authorization
9 Credits

Core Requirements

TED 501: Affirming and Valuing Diversity in the Classroom

The course addresses the preparation of teachers for the wide diversity of students they are certain to meet in their classrooms, schools, and communities. The course provides a broad treatment of the various forms of human diversity found in today’s schools; including nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, class, language, sexual orientation, and ability levels. The students will examine research-based cross-cultural psychological emphasis on how people learn about culture. The course content is based on the assumption that it is at the level of the individual teacher where the change that must occur with regard to diversity in schools begins. It assumes that teachers must learn to incorporate issues of diversity in all their teaching, not simply teaching about members of minority groups.

 

3 Credits

TED 503: Foundations of Education

The course is designed to give students an overview of the historical, cultural, philosophical and political history of the American Educational System. Theories and research and the relationship to pedagogical strategies and student performance will be examined. The aim of the course is to provide critical perspectives on education and educational settings.

3 Credits

TED 504: Educational Psychology

This course is the study of learning environments, the evaluation of learning and the teaching/learning process.  There will be an analysis of the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and ethnic factors affecting development, learning and behavior. Emphasis is placed on implications for teaching and learning in the primary, elementary and secondary schools.

Prerequisites: Admission to preliminary credential program

3 Credits

TED 506: Introduction to Special Education

This course is an in depth review of the history and evolution of special education in the American school system. Special focus is placed on providing an overview of issues confronting educators of students with exceptional needs. Emphasis will be on the understanding of psychological, legal and educational implications for instruction and program planning.  All exceptionalities and implications of current legislation will also be covered.

Prerequisite: ENG 310

3 Credits

TED 508: Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching

This course will examine the use of technology in the teaching of subject matter. Students will be introduced to teaching and learning pedagogies in traditional and non-traditional school setting using technology across the curriculum.  Topics to be covered in this course are mobile computing, the use of tablets in education, social media, the exploration of how technology can be used to support students learning, digital media, the Internet, educational software including productivity tools for teachers and students, and web-based resources in education. Further areas of discussion will include an overview of the challenges, advantages, cultural issues in technology, and of using and information literacy and fair use.

3 Credits

TED 520: Introduction to Classroom Instruction

This course is a prerequisite for the preliminary credential program.  Students must complete the course prior to student teaching (clinical practice) as an orientation to teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.  Candidates participate in 45 hours of classroom observations with emphasis on school systems, administrative policies, teacher expectations, classroom management systems and other aspects of classroom and school environments. Documentation of visits is required.

Prerequisite: Senior Level

3 Credits

TED 525: English Language Developmental Strategies for English Language Learners

This course explores instructional models, strategies, approaches, assessment and placement of students in English as a second language and content based second language teaching. Teaching strategies, techniques and methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages will be explored including instructional planning for the development of aural and oral language proficiency. (SDAIE and Sheltered Instruction)

Prerequisite: Admission to preliminary credential program

3 Credits

Single Subject - Core Course Requirements

TES 540: Secondary Teaching Strategies I

The course is an overview of curriculum and California State Frameworks and Subject Specific Standards, and district performance standards. It includes classroom procedures, instructional planning, lesson plan delivery skills, English Language Development (ELD), and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English techniques for grades 6-12 with/and diverse student populations.

Prerequisites: Admission to credential program

3 Credits

TES 541: Secondary Teaching Strategies II

This course is designed to provide opportunities for prospective teachers to observe, develop, and practice a variety of methods to create positive learning environments, effective discipline, and traditional and alternative assessments. Emphasis is placed on strategies used for students with widely ranging linguistic and academic abilities, diverse learning styles and varying cultural backgrounds. Methods and content are aligned with California State Framework for grades 6-12 with/and diverse student populations.

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program

3 Credits

TES 542: Reading in the Content Area

This course will focus on the theoretical basis of literacy and approaches to teaching reading across content areas. It will cover methods and techniques for teaching literacy skills in diverse urban school settings with linguistically diverse students. The course also explores literacy processes and assessment in secondary school curricula. Methods and content are aligned with California State Framework for grades 6-12 with/and diverse student populations.

Prerequisites: Admission to credential program

3 Credits

Clinical Practice Requirements

TES 565: Student Teaching (Clinical Practice I)

This course is a full time 8 week supervised placement in a public secondary school. The clinical practice courses are intended to guide candidates through their daily classroom instructional practice as student teachers. The sequence of clinical practice experiences includes multiple opportunities for interaction with diverse populations and communities such as English Language Learners and Special Needs students. All students are provided with experiences which are age and grade appropriate and are required and authorized by the credential they are seeking. Clinical practice is a critical component of the Teacher Preparation Program which combines theory to practice and is rooted in the Unites States University Mission and informed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements.

3 Credits

TES 566: Directed Student Teaching Seminar I

This course is designed to provide students with academic and professional support during their student teaching assignment. The courses are offered in a seminar format consisting of reflective discussions that evolve around events in content classes, field experiences, supervised teaching, and collaboration between the candidates, university personnel, and the on-site support provider.

3 Credits

TES 567: Student Teaching (Clinical Practice II)

This course is a full time 10 week supervised placement in a public secondary school. The clinical practice courses are intended to guide candidates through their daily classroom instructional practice as student teachers. The sequence of clinical practice experiences includes multiple opportunities for interaction with diverse populations and communities such as English Language Learners and Special Needs students. All students are provided with experiences which are age and grade appropriate and are required and authorized by the credential they are seeking. Clinical practice is a critical component of the Teacher Preparation Program which combines theory to practice and is rooted in the Unites States University Mission and informed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements.

3 Credits

TES 568: Directed Student Teaching Seminar II

This course is designed to provide students with academic and professional support during their student teaching assignment. The courses are offered in a seminar format consisting of reflective discussions that evolve around events in content classes, field experiences, supervised teaching, and collaboration between the candidates, university personnel, and the on-site support provider.

3 Credits

Bilingual Authorization - Optional Addition

TEB 580: Latinos in the United States

The course will explore the historical, cultural, and social characteristics of major Latino groups in the United States. This will include Latino contributions, cultural conflicts, demographics, migration and immigration patterns. It analyzes the legal, political, and social contexts that have shaped the status and educational experiences of Latinos in the U.S.

3 Credits

TEB 581: Desarrollo del Lenguaje y Lectura

The focus of the course will be strategies and methodologies in Spanish language development, reading readiness, and beginning reading in the primary language. Special emphasis will be on the current trends and social issues affecting bilingual programs including program models, instructional approaches, bilingualism and illiteracy and selection and use of primary language materials.

Prerequisite: Spanish Proficiency

3 Credits

TED 522: First and Second Language Acquisition

This course will study the historical, political, socio-cultural and pedagogical factors related to the acquisition of first and second language. Theoretical frameworks will be examined with emphasis on identification, assessment, performance and placement of English Language Learners. Other topics covered will be the laws, legislation and litigation related to English Language Learners.

Prerequisite: Admission to preliminary credential program

3 Credits