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Bachelor of Arts Degree

Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies


Master of Arts in Education

Master of Science in Counseling

Specialist in Education (Ed.S)

Doctorate of Education

Basic Teaching Credentials

Single Subject (Secondary)

Note: Waiver programs leading to baccalaureate degrees may have different requirements from non-waiver degree programs.

Specialist Credentials

Note: Must hold a Basic Teaching Credential in some cases.

Services Credentials

* Must either hold a Basic Teaching Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, or School Nurse Services Credential.

** Must hold Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Certificates of Competency

Minor Requirements

The minor in Education consists of 12 or more units in upper division education courses approved by a departmental advisor. The Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department (BMED), Child Development Department (CHDV), Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology and Deaf Studies Department (EDS) and Teacher Education Department (EDTE) offer minors in Education.  These minors may be particularly useful to students who intend to pursue a post-baccalaureate credential program (teaching, counseling, etc.) or who intend graduate study in a Human Resources Area, e.g., Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Counseling, Family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Recreation Administration, Social Welfare, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Vocational Education.


Teacher Preparation and Credentials Office

The Teacher Preparation and Credentials Office (TPAC) in the College of Education houses the Teacher Preparation Program office and Credentials office. The staff provide advising and services for gaining entrance to teacher preparation programs and meeting credential requirements. Contact persons and telephone numbers are listed under the "TPAC" heading.

College of Education Equity Coordinator

The Equity Coordinator is responsible for designing and coordinating recruitment and support programs for targeted students in the College of Education. As such, the Coordinator spends significant time advising and guiding students both individually and in group settings on course and program selection, job searching, academic internships, minors in education, scholarships and financial aid. The Coordinator assists students to resolve any problems that may affect their ability to be successful in the educational and career pursuits and to refer students to the needed campus services as appropriate. The Coordinator then follows these students and academic advising and/or student support services until they have successfully completed their teaching credential or degree. In addition, the Equity Coordinator oversees test preparation courses and workshops to help students prepare for the exams required for a teaching credential including the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) and the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). For further information contact Adriana Echandia, Eureka Hall 212, (916) 278-4324 or go to

Department and Faculty

University faculty advise students concerning the completion of program requirements. Students are urged to work closely with their advisors, through all phases of their program. Contact persons and telephone numbers are listed in the sections of this catalog which follow for each department in the College of Education.

Students and advisors should note that credential requirements and procedures are being reviewed continually by the Legislature and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and are subject to change.


Contact Information

Office of the Dean
Vanessa Sheared, Dean
La Tina Gago, Assistant to the Dean
Eureka Hall 206A
(916) 278-6639

Office of the Associate Dean
Vacant, Associate Dean
Susan Colley-Monk, Assistant to the Associate Dean
Eureka Hall 208
(916) 278-5088

Teacher Preparation and Credentials Office
Karen Davis O'Hara, Director
Eureka Hall 208
(916) 278-5088

Kathe Goodwin, Lead Program Advisor
Eureka Hall 216
(916) 278-6403

Carol Lucido, Credential Analyst
Eureka Hall 209
(916) 278-4567

For more information, visit the Web site for the College of Education at