The Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education offers the following options for our Credential programs:
Two-semester program - The coursework required of the two semester program normally entails an all-day commitment from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Candidates must also reserve adequate time outside the daily 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. schedule to complete course assignments. Student teaching is an all-day, five days per week, experience. There will be some required elements of the program that may extended beyond these hours.
Semester 1: Ten weeks of coursework and 60 hours fieldwork followed by 5 weeks of student teaching.
Semester 2: Seven weeks of coursework and 30 hours fieldwork followed by 8 weeks of student teaching.
Three-semester program - Three semester blocks require evening classes (taught from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and/or from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.). Some blocks may also hold Saturday classes. Student teaching is an all-day, five days per week, experience.
Semester 1: Fifteen weeks of coursework and 45 hours fieldwork.
Semester 2: Ten weeks of coursework and 45 hours fieldwork followed by 5 weeks of student teaching.
Semester 3: Seven weeks of coursework and 8 weeks of student teaching. This semester requires a full-time commitment.
- Bilingual Authorization Program - There is a great need for bilingual teachers who can communicate with students and parents in their native language and who can help other teachers understand the cultures of the home.
- Multiple Subject Intern Program - The Intern Program is designed for teacher candidates who wish to complete credential requirements while concurrently teaching in an elementary education position in a public school setting.
- Combined Credential/Master's Program
- Teacher Induction Program
For more information, your first step is to attend a mandatory overivew.