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Undergraduate Education Program
In California a person studying to be an elementary school teacher will work toward obtaining a Multiple Subjects credential. This credential allows you to teach the variety of subjects offered at elementary schools.
CUI's Liberal Studies major is part of California's Elementary Subject Matter Preparation (ESM) program. Therefore, CUI students in this major who pursue the Multiple Subjects credential will not be required to take the California Subject Examination Test (CSET).
Credential coursework can be done as part of your undergraduate degree meaning you can finish your bachelor’s degree and credential at the same time. Some universities have this as a “blended” program. We think it is just good sense. It will take 4, 4.5, or 5 years depending on the pace you set for becoming a teacher.
If you want to teach in a Lutheran school you can obtain your Lutheran Teacher Certificate through Concordia University. This can be done with your undergraduate major and credential coursework.
Admission to the Teacher Education program comes in two parts. You must first be accepted as a student through the University Admissions application process. A separate application for the School of Education will be done once you have started the introductory education classes.
The State of California requires that all candidates for teacher credentials complete and pass state approved tests and assessments before certification no matter which school you attend. For more information on these tests, click on this link.
Student Teaching and Placements for Elementary Candidates.
Transfer students to CUI, read more here.