Combined Credential and Master's Program

The combined program not only gives teacher candidates an opportunity to earn their master’s degree and credential at the same time but candidates will also participate in an elementary school based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) partnership. In alignment with this focus, teacher candidates will utilize an iPad throughout the program. Candidates will be required to purchase an iPad and use ebooks as part of this program. The combined program is a full-time, 16-month program completed in four semesters, including summer. The first semester provides an opportunity for the candidate to gain essential knowledge about the nature of children, elementary school instructional materials, and effective teaching strategies presented in the university classroom and connected to the supervised fieldwork and student teaching experience. The second and third semesters build upon earlier competency development for teaching and the opportunity to learn research methods and theory development required for the Master’s program. The fourth semester offers intensive practical experiences in student teaching and focuses on the completion of the Master’s project. The program will include online courses.

 

Overview of Combined Credential/Master's Program


SEMESTER ONE (fall):

  • Methods courses (EDEL 430, EDEL 433, EDEL 434, EDEL 435), and seminars (EDEL 450, 453)
  • Fieldwork (EDEL 438*) and 5 weeks (25 days) of student teaching (EDEL 439)
  • Coursework takes place on selected days/times, M-F 8am-4pm and possible Saturdays.
  • Fieldwork must be completed before student teaching begins and takes place on selected days/times, M-F school site hours.
  • TPA Tasks: Subject Specific Pedagogy (SSP) and Designing Instruction (DI)


SEMESTER TWO (spring):

  • Methods courses (EDEL  429, 436) and seminar (EDEL 453)
  • Master’s courses (EDEL 511, 512 [online], and EDEL 548)
  • TPA Tasks: Assessing Learning (AL) & Culminating Teaching Experience (CTE)
  • Coursework takes place on selected days/times: credential classes during the day and masters classes in the evening.

 

SEMESTER THREE (summer):

  • Master’s courses (EDEL 536, 552 [online], and EDEL 529)
  • Coursework takes place on selected days/times: credential classes during the day and masters classes in the evening.

 

SEMESTER FOUR (fall):

  • Methods course (EDEL  437) and 8 weeks (40 days) of student teaching (EDEL 439)
  • Master’s courses (EDEL 530, 594)
  • Coursework takes place on selected days/times: credential classes during the day and masters classes in the evening.
  • Student Teaching takes place on selected days/times, M-F school site hours.

*Fieldwork hours include all time spent on the school campus. For example, time prior to the start of school, time spent after school, including attending conferences, back-to-school night, teacher meetings, etc. count toward the fulfillment of fieldwork hours.

Note: Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA (cumulative or last 60 semester units) and have completed their bachelor's degree to apply to this program.