Dean: Shireen Pavri
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4513 / 985-4951
Associate Deans: Paul Boyd-Batstone (interim), Laura Portnoi
Assistant to the Dean: Somone Washington
Communications & Events Specialist: Amber Smith
Administrative Services: Carrie Hernandez, Kristina Hancock
Credential Center: Kit Van Wyk, Director (562) 985-4109
Development Office: Maryanne Horton, Director (562) 985-7477
Community Clinic: Kristin Powers, Director (562) 985-4991
Facilities Coordinator: Nanette Delany (562) 985-7609
Office of Clinical Practice: Dennis Esmeralda (562) 985-5499
Teacher Preparation Advising Center: (562) 985-1105 Director: Lisa Isbell
Systems Specialist: Matt Evans
Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
(EDP, EDSP, COUN, ETEC, and ELIB)
(562) 985-4517 Hiromi Masunaga, Chair
(EDLD, EDAD, SDHE)
(562) 985-4998 Don Haviland, Chair
Jessica Pandya, Chair (562) 985- 8187
Single Subject Teacher Education
(562) 985-5326 Tim Keirn, Director
(CTED, EDCI, EDEC, EDEL, EDME, EDMS, EDRG, EDSE)
Huong Tran Nguyen (interim), Chair (562) 985-4507
The College of Education’s mission is to create and nurture a learning and teaching community committed to equity and excellence in education. We fulfill our purpose by preparing professional educators and practitioners who promote equity and excellence in diverse urban settings through pedagogy evidence-based practices, collaboration, leadership, innovation, scholarship, and advocacy.
The College provides undergraduate and graduate studies in education through four departments - Liberal Studies, Educational Leadership, Teacher Education, and Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling - and one university-wide program - the Single Subject Credential Program. Curriculum in college programs focuses on the preparation of personnel for teaching and educational service in pre-school settings, elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges, adult programs, and other educational agencies. Descriptions that include prerequisites and requirements for each credential, certificate, and degree program are listed in this catalog in the department that houses the particular program. Doctoral program information is included at the end of this section.
College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Please visit the college website at www.ced.csulb.edu for detailed information on departments, programs, centers, and offices.
Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program
Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program with Bilingual Authorization
Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)
Single Subject Credential Program
Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Foundational Level General Science, Foundational Level Mathematics, Geosciences, Health Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Social Science and World Languages (Arabic, French, German, Korean, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish)
Specialist Teaching Credentials:
Reading and Language Arts (currently not accepting students)
Education Specialist Credential Program, Preliminary: Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate-Severe Disabilities
Education Specialist Credential Program, Clear: Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Preliminary Administrative Services
Teacher Librarian Services
Other Credentials and Authorizations:
Bilingual Authorization (BILA)
Please refer to the College of Health and Human
Services section of this catalog for credential programs
Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization
Speech-Language Pathology Services
School Social Work, Child Welfare, and Attendance
Public school teaching and service credentials in California are regulated by the legislature and administered by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Credential programs offered at CSULB have been developed to meet current requirements, which are complex and continually reviewed and changed by legislative and agency action. Candidates for all credentials must meet legal requirements in effect when completing credential programs. It is the responsibility of the candidate to be familiar with the program requirements. For information regarding admission, academic requirements, and fieldwork, contact the specific credential program coordinator. For information on state credential laws and regulations, pending changes, and new legislation, contact the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Basic Teaching Credentials
There are three types of basic teaching credentials: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist.
The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. A teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom - pre-K to grade 12, or in classes for adults. In practice, most teachers with a multiple subject authorization teach in elementary schools. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates for the Multiple Subject Credential must demonstrate subject matter competence by completing an approved Elementary Subject Matter program or completing an Elementary Subject Matter Program or passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects) as a condition of entry to the program. With additional coursework, students in the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program may earn a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, or Vietnamese. For detailed information on the Multiple Subject Credential Program, refer to the Teacher Education Department section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-1105).
One of the pathways to a Multiple Subject credential is the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP). ITEP combines undergraduate study of academic subjects aligned to the California standards for the K-8 curriculum with professional preparation courses, field experiences, and student teaching. ITEP students may also complete the requirements for the Education Specialist Credential or Bilingual Authorization along with those for the Multiple Subject Credential and receive dual authorization. ITEP students are required to demonstrate subject matter competence by completing an Elementary Subject Matter Program or passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam as a condition of advancement to student teaching. For detailed information on the ITEP program, refer to the Liberal Studies section of this catalog or contact the Liberal Studies Department (AS 133; 562/985-4228).
The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach a specified subject. A teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach this subject at any grade level - pre-K through grade 12, or in classes for adults. In practice, most teachers with a single subject authorization teach departmentalized classes in middle, junior high or senior high schools. CSULB offers Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved Subject Matter Programs in Art, English, Health Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Social Science and World Languages (French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish). Subject Matter competence in other subjects must be met through the appropriate CSET exam. For detailed information on the Single Subject Credential Program, refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-5325).
The Education Specialist Credential authorizes a candidate to teach in a special education assignment with students with special needs. This credential certifies individuals to work as a special day class teacher, inclusion support teacher or resource specialist. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing all three sub-tests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects, or the appropriate CSET exam in Math, Science, or Language Arts as a condition of entry to the program or by completing an approved subject matter program. Another pathway to the Education Specialist Credential is the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), through which students can earn dual authorization to teach Multiple Subjects and Special Education. For detailed information on the Education Specialist Credential Program, refer to the Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling section in this catalog or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-1105).
Elementary and secondary teachers who wish to diversify their teaching authorizations may do so by fulfilling specific requirements. Further information is available in the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; email@example.com).
Obtaining the Preliminary Credential
Requirements for the basic Preliminary credentials are set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in accordance with state law. Requirements for completing the Preliminary credential include:
- a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- an approved professional preparation program, including the teaching of reading and student teaching
- verification of subject matter competence (coursework or examination)
- passage of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) or an equivalent basic skills test
- completion of an approved course or examination in the U.S. Constitution
- demonstration of Level I computer technology proficiency (course or exam)
- for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates, passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
- For multiple Subject and Single Subject, passage of the California Teaching Performance Assesment (CalTPA).
Graduates of CSULB credential programs meet Commission and program requirements and are recommended for the Preliminary credential by the College.
Obtaining the Professional Clear Credential
The Preliminary Credential is valid for five years from the date of issuance and is not renewable. During the first five years of teaching, teachers are expected to earn the Professional Clear Credential through a Commission-approved Professional Teacher Induction Program sponsored by a school district, county office of education, college or university, consortium, or private school.
For information on the Professional Clear credential, contact the Credential Center (ED1-42; 562/985-4109; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entry Levels for Basic Credential Programs
Credential programs may begin at five different levels:
- Qualified candidates who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential or MSCD and ESCP may begin the Liberal Studies Department as first-term freshmen. This program includes the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) which leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study.
- Qualified transfer students from community colleges who wish to earn the Multiple Subject Credential may enroll in Liberal Studies as transfer students This program leads to the Multiple Subject Credential in four and a half years of full time, accelerated study. Candidates in the Urban Dual Credential Pathway may earn both MSCP and ESCP in 5 years.
- Junior level ITEP: With a carefully planned program, credential program courses may be taken as electives as early as the first semester of the junior year with completion of the program coming as early as the first semester after graduation.
- Senior level - Credential program courses may be taken during the senior year as electives. The remaining credential courses and student teaching are then completed at the post-baccalaureate level. (Note: By petition only, up to twelve units of course work taken in the final undergraduate semester – and not needed to meet major or degree requirements – may be counted as postgraduate credit toward credit on a district salary ladder. This petition must be filed prior to graduation. Information is available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-1105).
- Post-Baccalaureate level - The entire credential program may be completed at the post-baccalaureate level.
Application to Credential Programs
Information on application to basic credential programs is available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-1105). Students currently not enrolled in the University must file an application for admission to the University (www.calstate.edu/apply) as well as an application to the specific program. Note: Some programs have established application periods each year that are separate from the University application periods and process.
Application for Student Teaching
Candidates for student teaching for the summer or fall term of any year must apply by the deadline as seen on the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) home page for the fall or spring semester to receive consideration for admissions Student Teaching application deadlines are firm.
Students may address an appeal to the appropriate committee regarding any policy related to admission and continuation in a teacher preparation program. Petition forms and assistance are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562-985-1105).
CSULB offers programs leading to a Reading Certificate. This requires a valid basic teaching credential. (Note: the Adapted Physical Education Credential is available through the Department of Kinesiology . Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)
Service credential programs are available in the following areas: Preliminary Administrative Services, Teacher Librarian Services, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Both the Preliminary Administrative Services and the Teacher Librarian Services credentials require a valid basic teaching credential. (Note: Speech-Language Pathology Services, and School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance credentials are also available at CSULB. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
The college offers a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies through the Liberal Studies Department. The Liberal Studies major is a cross-disciplinary program of study that meets both the General Education and major requirements of the university. This major prepares students in the broad content necessary for successful elementary school teaching. Liberal Studies students often begin taking credential program courses in the junior or senior year, and complete the credential program in the first year after graduating. The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITEP) is a Liberal Studies pathway that combines a broad course of study with teacher preparation courses. ITEP students graduate with both a BA degree and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Through a new UDCP pathway ITEP students may now earn both their MS and ES teaching credentials with their BA degree. For more information, refer to the Liberal Studies Department section of this catalog.
Master’s Degree Programs
Master’s degree programs are offered in three departments within the College. General procedures, policies, requirements, and applications for the master’s degrees are available from the Graduate Studies Office, ED1-7 (www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate), and are listed following each option in the appropriate section of the catalog. In order to pursue a master’s degree, students must submit applications to both the University and the program.
The Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling Department offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling, with Options in Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling, and a Master of Science degree in Special Education. The Master of Arts in Education degree is offered with Options in Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Media Leadership, and Social and Cultural Analysis of Education. The ASEC department also offers the Educational Specialist degree and the PPS credential in School Psychology.
The Teacher Education Department offers five options in the Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education), Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education), Dual Language Development, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics Education.
The Educational Leadership Department offers a Master of Arts in Education degree in Education Administration and a Master of Science in Counseling degree in Student Development in Higher Education.
To be considered for admission to a master’s degree program, students must submit a program application, test scores (if applicable), and any additional program requirements to the Graduate Studies office in the College of Education. Program applications vary; please check the individual program for additional requirements. Program applications may be obtained from the Graduate Studies office (ED1-7; 562/985-8476; www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate). Please note: Not all programs admit students for the spring semester. For additional program information and contact numbers for advisors, visit the College of Education website at www.ced.csulb.edu and navigate to the appropriate program.
All master’s degree candidates in education are required either to complete a thesis or project or take a comprehensive examination according to the requirements of the degree or degree option. Application for enrollment for thesis, project, or comprehensive examination must be made by the deadline as seen on the Graduate Advising home page for the fall or spring semester to receive consideration for admission.