About Credential Programs
Preparing Credentialed, Competent, Compassionate Teachers
Offered through the widely recognized and respected Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University, the Education Programs represent a full range of education specialties. Beyond training candidates for rewarding careers in education, CBU’s Teacher Education Programs prepare compassionate, ethical educators compelled to improve the learning opportunities and lives of children and young people from diverse experiences and backgrounds.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Builds Competencies
CBU’s Education Programs offer a focused and relevant curriculum balancing core classes, theory and methodology, specialized courses, and valuable fieldwork in the form of student teaching or internships. Designed to meet compliance with No Child Left Behind legislation, courses cover interdisciplinary topics including teaching English language learners, developing standards-based objectives, clinical reading instruction, classroom management, integrating classroom computers and technology, research-based instruction, as well as specialization courses reflecting and enhancing expertise in students’ chosen credential areas. Small classes provide collaborative, supportive learning environments with ample opportunity to build networks and friendships.
Students completing the credential program will have the skills and techniques to develop and adapt instruction methods and strategies, identify and resolve instructional challenges, collaborate with families and professionals, and enhance access to learning for all students in their care. Equipped with these skills, our alumnae bring measurable value to their classrooms and school districts.
Working Experience in Real-World Classrooms
For all credential programs, coursework culminates in a semester of full-time student teaching or internship completed in local public schools. This valuable hands-on experience allows students the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop their skills as working teachers. Many of these teaching and internship experiences turn into employment opportunities.
Highly regarded by school districts across the Inland Empire, the Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education fosters excellent relationships with a wide range of elementary and secondary schools. These schools actively seek CBU credential candidates and graduates to assist and instruct in their classrooms, and guide their students to success.
CBU’s excellent reputation among school districts stems from the outstanding quality and work-readiness of candidates and graduates coming out of the Education Credential Programs. Candidates enter the profession with the advantage of extensive fieldwork conducted in classrooms, providing them with a head start in their teacher preparation. This rigor of preparation produces professionals who are ready to serve effectively the first day on the job.
Developing Ethical Educators
Integrating CBU’s faith-based mission, the Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education prepares professionals of high moral character and ethical behavior, who are called to service as committed, compassionate teachers around the world. CBU’s Teacher Education Programs are enriched with values-based content built on the Christian principle that honors every individual’s right to learn. Graduates of the program are valued for their ethical approach to their profession as well as to students, and for their commitment to the concept of quality education for all.
Experienced Faculty Dedicated to Your Success
Candidates in CBU’s Education programs benefit from the individual attention and support of the outstanding faculty at the Metcalf School of Education. Instructors include veteran educators with in-depth experience teaching in a variety of educational settings worldwide, who bring an international perspective as well as working knowledge of current teaching theory, models and practice into the classroom, and into the hands of students. The Metcalf faculty are deeply committed to building the next generation of exceptional, ethical and compassionate professionals.
Credential candidates enjoy a wealth of support resources outside the classroom, including a dedicated Credential Program Advisor to guide them through the program and beyond.
Integrated Master’s and Credential Programs
As a complement to the Education Credential Programs, candidates have the option to concurrently pursue a Master of Science degree with a diverse range of specializations. Because of the integrated and innovative nature of the graduate program in Education, students may work toward both a master’s degree and a credential in an accelerated fashion. Reflecting some of the most dynamic and in-demand areas of education, specializations offer candidates the opportunity to excel their proficiency and increase their value as educators and leaders.
M.S. in Education specializations include:
- International Education
- Instructional Computer Applications
- Educational Technology
- Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- Special Education, Moderate/Severe Disabilities
For more information about the graduate programs in Education click here.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about Teacher Education Credential Programs, Master's in Education Programs and the application process, please attend an upcoming Graduate Program Information Session or Teacher Credential Advising Session. If you’re ready to advance your knowledge, skills and career start by applying online. We look forward to helping you reach your professional and personal goals.