Kimberly Persiani, Chair
King Hall C2097A
Phone: (323) 343-4350
The Charter College of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction offers program advisement for master’s degree programs in elementary and secondary teaching and for the preliminary and clear credential programs approved by the California Committee on Accreditation. These programs are described in this section. Other general information about credentials and degree programs can be found in the Undergraduate Studies: General Information and Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Studies: General Information chapters of this catalog.
Courses Offered in:
• Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)
• Elementary Education (EDEL)
• Secondary Education (EDSE)
Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential
M.A. in Education: Options in: Bilingual/Multicultural Education in the Urban Classroom; Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Primary/Education; Integrated STEM Education; Reading.
Bilingual Authorization; California Reading; Postsecondary Reading.
Professors: Paula Arvedson, Anna Chee, John Eichinger, Joan Fingon, Kimberly Persiani (Chair), Ambika Raj, John V. Shindler, Sharon Hilda Ulanoff, Jennifer McCormick, A. Dee Williams.
Associate Professors: Mario Castaneda, Rebecca Joseph.
Assistant Professors: Kimi Wilson, Christina Restrepo Nazar, and Jamie Marsh
Emeriti: Carolyn Frank, Robert Land, Gay Q. Yuen.
Admission to Credential Programs
Admission Requirements for Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credential Programs
Under current laws and regulations, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing initially issues a credential, permit, or certification, or renewal of an emergency permit, only to persons to serve in the public schools who have demonstrated proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills in the English language. The Superintendent of Public Instruction has adopted the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) as the state assessment instrument to measure teacher proficiency in the basic skills. Further information is available at the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services, KH D2078.
Admission requirements are based on Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and University regulations. Students seeking admission to Cal State L.A. teaching credential programs must enroll in EDCI 4000, Transformative Teaching in Diverse Urban Classrooms. Requirements for preliminary admission to credential programs include the following:
• Complete application form.
• Record of a successful oral interview with faculty adviser and completion of Program Planning Sheet (signed by adviser).
• Verification of academic eligibility, as evidenced by a GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of coursework.
• Verification of negative TB test (taken within the last year) by a personal physician or at the Cal State L.A. Health Center.
• Verification of having applied for the Certificate of Clearance.
• Successful completion of a supervised early field experience.
• A written personal history that includes a statement of professional goals and educational philosophy.
• Transcripts and letters of reference received and evaluated.
• Students must complete all requirements to receive credit in EDCI 4000.
Completion of Admission Requirements
Students must satisfy the following criteria before registering for any restricted courses.
• Minimum C grade or credit in COMM 1100.
• Verification of completion of PSY 1500 or equivalent.
• Verification of having taken the CBEST. (Students who have not passed the CBEST prior to entry into the credential
program must have an approved plan of remediation on file with the Office of Student Services in the Charter College of Education.)
• Verification of having attempted the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) or an approved subject matter preparation
program. (Multiple Subject only)
Students are formally admitted to the teaching credential program upon completion of requirements stated above.
Admission Requirements for Multiple Subject Internship Credential Program
• Employment or commitment by a school district to employ the individual as a full-time teacher.
• Completion of an approved subject matter preparation program or passage of CSET.
• Completion of all requirements for admission to Preliminary Credential Programs.
• Passage of a U.S. Constitution course or its equivalent.
Admission Requirements for Professional, Clear, Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credential Programs
(for transfer students who hold a preliminary credential)
Students who complete the preliminary credential at Cal State L.A. and maintain continuing student status, may continue the study toward the professional clear credential without additional application to the Charter College of Education. Transfer students must meet the following requirements. State of California teaching credential requirements include a fifth year of study completed after the baccalaureate. Students may elect to complete all or part of their professional requirements in the fifth year and must follow a planned course of study approved by their adviser. In some instances, courses that are taken as part of a master’s degree program may also count toward completion of the fifth year credential requirement. All students who desire University recommendation for completion of the clear credential must be formally admitted to the University and satisfy any writing or speech requirements pertaining to all post-baccalaureate students.
• Apply to the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services.
• Provide a copy of your valid Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential.
• Verify the minimum grade point average. Consult the Office for Student Services for the required grade point average.
• See an adviser for oral interview and to plan credential program.
• Provide official transcripts of all college/university work to the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services.
Directed Teaching Information
Directed teaching is one of the most important phases of teacher education at Cal State L.A. Candidates are not automatically admitted to directed teaching by completion of course work alone; they must fulfill the following criteria.
• Formal admission to the teaching credential program.
• Attendance at directed teaching orientation meeting held the first Saturday of the semester preceding the assignment.
• Application for directed teaching by application deadline (consult the Office for Student Services for the deadline date).
• Submit verification of completion of a Commission approved Elementary Subject matter program (for Multiple Subject credentials) or
Single Subject matter program (for Single Subject credentials) or passing score on CTC approved subject matter assessments or
recommendation of subject-area department. Approved subject matter programs for the Multiple and Single Subject Credentials are
listed in the Undergraduate Study chapter of this catalog.
• Provide transcripts or grade reports verifying completion of at least 12 credential coursework units at Cal State L.A. and all prerequisite
courses. A minimum grade point average of B (3.0) and grades of C or higher are required in all professional education courses.
• Submit verification of passing scores on all sections of CBEST.
• Present a Certificate of Clearance or a valid credential or permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing at Office for
Student Services, KH D2078.
• Submit verification of negative TB test taken within one year before completion of directed teaching by a personal physician or at Cal State
L.A. Health Center.
• Register for directed teaching or demonstration of competencies as appropriate.
Applicants for multiple subject directed teaching must show proficiency in art, music, and physical education, either by examination or completion of appropriate courses.
Students who meet all of the above criteria and who have completed the prerequisite course work will be approved for directed teaching. Because of the amount of time and work required for directed teaching, students are advised to restrict the number of units taken during directed teaching and curtail their out-of-school workload for the duration of such assignments.
Please Note: In order for education methodology courses for the Multiple Subject and Single Subject credentials to apply, they must be completed within 7 years of the date of application for the preliminary credential.
Holders of a Single Subject or Multiple Subject credential issued by the state of California may add a supplemental authorization to teach in another discipline by completing additional course work. Interested students should consult the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services for further information.
Application Procedure for the Preliminary or Professional Clear Credential
By the end of the fifth week of your final semester of credential course work, submit an application for the credential in the Office for Student Services, King Hall D2078.
Elementary Education Programs
Elementary Education programs include courses appropriate for preservice and inservice preparation of teachers in the elementary grades and directed teaching for candidates for the teaching credential with authorization in multiple subject instruction. The Master of Arts degree is described in the Graduate Programs section.
Secondary Education Programs
The Secondary Education programs include courses appropriate for preservice and inservice teacher preparation in middle schools, junior high schools, senior high schools. The Master of Arts degree is described in the Graduate Programs section.
Programs for this Department:
• Education, M.A.: Option in Bilingual/Multicultural Education in the Urban Classroom
• Education, M.A.: Option in Curriculum and Instruction
• Education, M.A.: Option in Early Childhood/Primary Education
• Education, M.A.: Option in Integrated STEM Teaching
• Education, M.A.: Option in Reading
• California Reading Certificate
• Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bilingualism and Global Education
• Postsecondary Reading Certificate
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
• Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential
• Single Subject Teaching Credential