The key steps in the Teacher Preparation Pathway:
1. Bachelor Degree
2. Basic skills
3. Subject matter
4. Professional Development Program
Becoming a TK-12 teacher in California
Center for Careers in Teaching@ CSUF
Bachelor’s Teaching K-12
Degree Credential classroom
Pathway Bachelor Basic Subject Professional
Skills Matter Program
Multiple Single Special
Subject Subject Education
Teaching TK-8 7-12 TK-22
Teaches all Teaches one
core subjects core subject
• Foundational knowledge of
Subject • Effective reading, writing, and
Matter critical thinking practices
• Strategies and techniques of to prepare in…
Pedagogy • Student Teaching
Preparing for what
you will teach
required for Minor
Teaching in an • Liberal • Psychology
Elementary Studies • Sociology
School Setting • Child and • Human
Development • Any major
Popular Science Social Science
Majors Majors Majors
Majors for • Art • Biology • History
Teaching in a • Music • Chemistry • Geography
Middle /High • Math • Physics • Political
• Kinesiology • Geology Science
School Setting • English • Earth Science • Economics
• Spanish • American
• French Studies
• Natural Science
Popular minors Core Areas • Math for Teacher Education
for education • History
Language • French
secondary • Child and Adolescent Development
course of study Human • Psychology
English Score Math Score
Reading, Writing, and Math sections
A score of 41 per section/ 123 score overall
CSET Writing Skills
Score of 220+
(with Multiple Subject only)
Options to CSU Early Assessment “College Ready” or “College Ready” or
Meet the Basic Program (EAP) “Exempt” “Exempt”
Skills CSU Placement Exams
(EPT and ELM)
Score of 151+ Score of 50+
Requirement SAT Score of 500+ Score of 550+
ACT Score of 22+ Score of 23+
Score of 3+ on one of the Score of 3+ on one of the
• AP English Lang./ Comp. • AP Calculus AB or BC
• AP English Lit./Comp. • AP Statistics
What is it?
• The CBEST is designed to test basic reading,
CBEST- mathematics, and writing skills found to be
important for the job of an educator.
Basic Who is it for?
Educational • Anyone who wants to substitute teach or desires
Skills Test a career as a classroom teacher.
How long is the score valid?
• The score never expires
Computer- based testing
($41+ $61)is available year-
round by appointment
($41)is offered five times
only, Monday through
during the year.
When is the CBEST offered?
Know your content area(s)
CSET- California Subject Exam for Teachers
CSET: A Closer Look
Multiple choice & constructed response
# of Subtests: 1-4 (varies by subject area)
Dates:By appointment year-round. Some
exams available only during specific 4-week
Fees:$72-$133 per subtest
Test results: within 5-7 weeks of testing (varies
Single Subject Matter
An approved coursework option to
demonstrate content area understanding.
Successful completion of the SSMPP will
waive the CSET exam.
Recently, the coursework option for
elementary curriculum has been re-approved in
the state. CSUF’s Multiple Subject Matter
Preparation Program (MSMPP) will be
submitted soon and should be available by Fall
Popular Majors Science Majors
Majors for Majors
Teaching • Art* • Biology • History
Middle /High • Music* • Chemistry • Geography
• Math* • Physics • Political
School and Science
• Kinesiology* • Geology
Special • English* • Earth Science • Economics
Education • Spanish* • American
• French* Studies
*Single Subject Matter Preparation Program available @ CSUF
❖ Traditionally, a two semester program
following the Bachelor’s degree;
sometimes referred to as a 5th year
What is a
credential ❖ Includes student teaching
❖ PEDOGOGY! Credential programs teach
the methodology and practical
applications of how to be a teacher
1 2 3 4 5
Obtain a bachelor’s Prove knowledge of basic Prove subject matter Complete a course in the Complete any
degree skills competency provisions and principles prerequisites and
•CBEST: California Basic •CSET: California Subject of the U.S. Constitution or fieldwork.
Educational Skills Test Examinations for Teachers pass an examination given
•SMPP: Subject Matter Preparation by a regionally-accredited
Program (single subject only)
college or university.
Steps to a credential program
What Does a Multiple
Authorize You to Teach?
The Multiple Subject teaching
credential authorizes the holder to teach
all subjects in a self-contained
classroom, such as the classrooms in
most elementary schools.
What Does a Single Subject Credential Authorize
You to Teach?
The Single Subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to
teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in
departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools
and high schools.
What Does a Education
Authorize You to Teach?
Credentials in mild/moderate and
moderate/severe disabilities authorize the
provision of services to individuals in grades
K through 12, and in classes organized for
Early childhood special education includes
the provision of educational services to
children from birth through pre-
kindergarten who are eligible for early
intervention, special education, and/or
related services under federal and state
Some universities offer blended
programs where you can earn your
Check with the universities you are bachelor’s degree and teaching Many universities offer their
interested in attending to see what credential at the same time. Others credential programs as a 5th year
are their specific prerequisites as may offer blended programs where program completed the year after
they vary from school to school. you earn your teaching credential the bachelor’s degree.
and master’s degree at the same
Credential Program Preparation
Choosing the Right Program for
-Cohort vs. Non-cohort
-Combined bachelor’s degree and credential
Post-baccalaureate course work recognition
-Combined credential and master’s program
The myth: districts won’t hire with a master’s
Master’s degree as professional development
Personal & professional opportunity
Cohort v. Non-cohort
Just like degree programs are structured differently from university to university, so
are credential programs!
Some universities have structured their multiple subject and single subject
credential programs to follow a cohort format:
A cohort is a learning community in which all classes for the credential program
contain the same students each semester.
Each semester is specifically structured, the classes are arranged in a particular
format, and you are guaranteed that you will be able to register for all of your classes.
Cohort v. Non-cohort
• Guaranteed course • No guarantee of course
enrollment and timely enrollment
completion • Flexibility of course load
• Strong relationships with • Flexibility to work
faculty and other students • Program completion time
• Limited flexibility varies
• Limits ability to work
• 2 semesters • 2 semesters • 3 quar. + 2 summer
• $3885 (sem.) / • $3858 (sem.) / sessions w/ MAT
$7771 yr. $7716 yr. • $5777(quar.)+
$9576 for 2 sum
costs for CSUF CSULB UCI
2017-2018 • 34credits@$910 per
credit / $30,940 (3
• 3 quarters
• $2751 (quar.) /
• w/MAT add 6 units -
Pro: Allows completion of
Integrated Bachelor’s degree and
credential requirements in an
Bachelor’s degree accelerated timeline usually 4-
and Credential 41/2 years vs. 5 years.
An integrated Bachelor’s Credential Program
degree and credential Con: K-12 salary schedules
program incorporates all have higher starting pay for
of the requirements into coursework completed after
an undergraduate course the Bachelor’s degree.
Combined Master’s Degree
and Credential Program
A combined Master’s degree and credential
program incorporates all of the requirements
into a single graduate program of study.
Pro: Allows completion of Master’s degree and
credential requirements in an accelerated timeline
usually 16-18 months.
Con: Choice of Master’s degree pre-selected by
granting institution. Typically a general degree
without specialization i.e. M.A. in Teaching or M.S. in
Curriculum and Instruction.
Teacher Salaries 2017-2018
Degree + Recognized graduate level units
step 1 = 1st year salaries
Yorba Linda Garden Corona
School Elementary Santa Ana
School Grove Norco
District School Unified
District Unified Unified
BA 54,415 54, 963 44,188 56,826 56,948
46, 918 (+15) 61, 750
BA + 30 n/a 54, 963 49,649 56,826 (+24) 57,211 2)
BA + 45 58,770 56,686 52, 380 56,826 60,389 61, 752
57,548 (step 63, 813 (step
BA + 60 63,471 60, 059 55, 110 58,391 63,568 63, 663
Foundational Level Math
Math teacher – Teaches
teacher – Teaches Math
Math through Calculus.
through Algebra II.
Foundational Level Biology, Chemistry, Education
Science teacher – Teaches Physics, Geological
middle and high school Science teacher – Teaches
integrated science 9-12 grade science in their
concepts. area of specialty.
• Allows one to teach general
mathematics, Algebra, Geometry,
Foundational and Probability and Statistics
credentials • Allows one to teach all areas of FLM
and AP courses, Trigonometry, Pre-
Math Calculus and Calculus courses
Allows one to teach introductory and
general science, introductory life science,
Foundational introductory physical science and
integrated science through grade 8.
Education Allows one to teach all areas of the FLGS
credentials and specific core discipline in 9th-12th
Science Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and/or Physics.
Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M) Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S) Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Visual Impairments (VI)
Includes specific learning disabilities; Includes autism; deaf-blindness; Includes deafness; hearing impairment; Includes blindness; visual impairment;
mild to moderate intellectual moderate to severe intellectual deaf-blindness; and authorizes service deaf-blindness; and authorizes service
disabilities; other health impairments; disabilities; multiple disabilities; serious to individuals ages birth through 22. to individuals ages birth through 22.
serious emotional disturbance; and emotional disturbance; and authorizes
authorizes service in grades K–12 and in service in grades K–12 and in classes
classes organized primarily for adults organized primarily for adults through
through age 22. age 22.
Physical and Health Impairments Early Childhood Special Education Language and Academic
(PHI) (ECSE) Development (LAD)
Includes orthopedic impairment; other Includes the mild/moderate and Authorizes the holder to provide
health impairment; multiple disabilities; moderate/severe disabilities listed instructional services to students with
traumatic brain injury; and authorizes above and traumatic brain injury; academic communication and language
service to individuals ages birth through authorizes service to children ages birth needs to children in preschool,
22. to pre-kindergarten only. kindergarten, in grades 1 - 12 through age
22, and classes organized primarily for
Student California Teachers
Dedicated to supporting persons
who want to become educators.
Benefits include liability coverage
while student teaching.
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FAFSA (Free Application for Direct loans and Federal Loan cancellation program TEACH grant (Teacher
Federal Student Aid) Stafford loan •Federal Perkins loans: may cancel up Education Assistance for College
•Forgive $5000-$17500: to 100% of loan and Higher education) K-12
-Pell Grant and Cal Grant
•www.Federalstudentaid.Ed.Gov/tc •www.Federalstudentaid.Ed.Gov/tc public/private school
- May be awarded up to $4,000/yr.
- Full-time teacher in “high need
field” and low-income area for 4
academic years (within 8 years of
Financial Aid Opportunities
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or teacher preparation program about CCT representative
visits to your campus.
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