Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the program’s entry dates and application deadline?
CBU’s Teacher Education Programs (with the exception of the PPS) offer a rolling admission policy, and accept students for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Students may begin the program in any semester.
The PPS credential program accepts students for Fall only.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete the application at least two months prior to the start of the semester.
2. What are the program’s pre-requisites?
Pre-requisites vary according to program. For a complete listing of pre-requisites for each credential and degree, click here to view the course catalog.
3. What is the GPA/GRE requirement?
Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for unconditional admission and a minimum 2.75 for conditional admission.
4. What exams must I pass before entering the credential program, to earn my credential, teach or student teach?
Credential candidates must take the state-administered California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) before being admitted to the program Credential candidates must pass the CBEST and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) before student teaching. Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA) prior to applying for the credential. Multiple Subject and Single Subject candidates must pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) prior to applying for the credential.
When students have successfully completed all credential requirements, a Preliminary Teaching Credential may be obtained, and is valid for five years. Within this five-year period, all other legislated requirements must be completed to obtain a Clear Credential.
For more information on credential exam requirements, please contact a School of Education Credential Program Advisor at (951) 343-4448.
5. If I’m pursing the Single Subject Credential, do I need a BS/BA in the same subject area?
A BS/BA in the same subject area as the credential is strongly recommended, but not required. Single subject candidates may satisfy subject matter competence by completing an approved academic program or by passing the appropriate state examination: California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)/ Single Subject Assessment Test (SSAT).
6. What is the difference between the Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe – Level I and the Clear Level II credentials?
The Clear Level II credential program extends beyond the required coursework and units of the Level I credential, to include five units of specialization courses reflecting the student’s chosen area of expertise. Candidates pursuing Clear Level II credentials are also required to complete fieldwork relevant to their specialization.
7. How long does the Teacher Education Credential Program take?
The length of the program varies for each student. Students who have already completed the pre-requisites may complete their credential in three semesters. Please contact the graduate program advisor at the Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education for a program completion timeline or to schedule an appointment, (951) 343-4448.
8. Can I transfer previous coursework completed at other colleges or universities to CBU’s credential programs?
Some courses may be transferable. Your Program Advisor is available to go over those with you.
9. Is completion of a Master of Science in Education required in order to complete the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential?
In most cases, yes. By completing the CBU PPS program, candidates will earn an MS in Education with specialization in School Counseling or School Psychology in addition, to being recommended for the PPS credential. PPS students who have previously completed a master’s degree may be eligible for the PPS credential without earning a degree. Please contact the School of Education for more information.
10. How long does the PPS credential program take to complete?
The PPS with a specialization in School Counseling takes approximately two years to complete. The PPS with a specialization in School Psychology takes approximately three years to complete. Classes are designed for the working adult, and are typically held one night a week.
11. I recently completed the Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology (MFT) at CBU. Can any of my MFT courses be applied to the PPS credential?
Five CBU MFT courses may be applied to PPS credential requirements. However, courses used to complete the MS in Counseling Psychology may not be applied to a second master’s degree. PPS candidates who have graduated from the CBU Counseling Psychology Program may be recommended for the PPS credential without being awarded the Master of Science in Education. Please speak with the Program Director for more information regarding transfer course approval.
12. My fingerprints and clearances are already on file at the district where I am currently employed. Must I be fingerprinted again to begin this program?
Yes. Unless you hold a current teaching credential, new fingerprints and a Certificate of Clearance are required prior to beginning the program.
13. Will I be required to student teach as part of my credential coursework?
Yes. For all teaching credential programs, coursework culminates in a semester of full-time student teaching affording students the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop their skills hands-on. Many of these teaching and internship experiences turn into employment opportunities.
14. Do you offer an internship program?
All Level I teaching credential programs offer an internship option (except Administrative Services) in a variety of educational settings.
15. If I chose the internship option, will I still be required to student teach?
Yes. However, your student teaching experience can be completed in your own classroom.
16. Can I work full time while enrolled in the program?
Yes. Many students completing a credential or master’s degree work while going to school. The program offers evening classes to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals.
Please note, however, all teaching credential programs require students to complete a semester of full-time student teaching.
17. When do classes meet?
Graduate Education classes are typically offered Monday through Thursday evenings at 4PM and 7PM with an occasional Saturday or online option.
18. Can I apply any of the credential coursework to a master’s degree?
Yes. Credential coursework completed at the graduate level is degree applicable. Graduate Credential and Education courses can be applied to a Master of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in English or a Master of Science in Kinesiology.
The Master of Science in Education has multiple specialization options:
- Educational Leadership For Faith-Based Institutions
- Educational Leadership for Public Institutions
- Teaching And Learning With Induction Program
- Reading Certificate Program
- Instructional Computer Applications
- Educational Technology
- Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- Special Education, Moderate/Severe Disabilities I
- School Psychology
- School Counseling
For more information about the MS in Education and its specializations, click here.
19. Are the Teacher Education Programs state-approved?
Yes. The Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education credentialing programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for 2042 Multiple Subject, 2042 Single Subject, Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Level I & II, Moderate/Severe Level I & II, PPS: School Counseling & PPS: School Psychology, all with internship options. The Preliminary Administrative Services credential is also available.
CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
20. Will I be able to apply my credential to school systems outside of California?
Many states have cooperative agreements with California allowing teachers with California credentials to teach in those states.
21. Is there any financial assistance available specifically for education professionals?
Yes, a variety of financial assistance options are available for credential students, including the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)for teachers who plan to teach in the state of California. For more information, please visit the TEACH California web site at www.teachcalifornia.org or California Student Aid Commission’s web site at www.csac.ca.gov