Preliminary Credentials (Single Subject)

Program Learning Outcomes

Biola University's graduate teacher preparation candidates are expected to exemplify the following outcomes upon the completion of the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and/or Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate credential(s), students will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate God's calling as Christian educators by reflecting on their spiritual journey and their educational preparation in a Biblically integrated essay, and demonstrate Christian attitudes and actions conducive to professional excellence and witness by maintaining high professional disposition marks in coursework and fieldwork (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
  2. Examine and analyze their students' cognitive, social, and physical growth through the gathering of student profile data, monitoring their progress, and providing constructive feedback to maximize students' optimum development (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity in cross-cultural and special population educational settings in order to promote equity and justice as exhibited in differentiated learning plans, response to profile data, and high marks in professional dispositions throughout coursework and fieldwork experiences (ULO 1, 2, and 3).
  4. Design and implement appropriate adaptations to ensure the attainment of a productive learning environment for each student enrolled in candidates' classes by focused evaluation and reflection of each student's strengths and needs. Candidates will also utilize developmental and learning theories, as a foundation for professional decision-making and reflection by identifying student learning needs and making appropriate adaptations to ensure student learning (ULO 1 and 3).
  5. Design and implement developmentally appropriate lessons, by using the California state-adopted academic content and Common Core standards as a foundation for lessons that integrate aspects of God's natural revelation (ULO 1 and 3).
  6. Design and implement appropriate and effective learning strategies by designing grade and subject-specific lesson and unit plans (ULO 1 and 3).
  7. Design and practice strategies that foster a safe and equitable learning environment that encourages students to take intellectual risks by demonstrating their knowledge of a comprehensive classroom management plan (ULO 1 and 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Single Subject Credentials

The SB2042 Professional Teacher Preparation Program is available for Single Subject Credentials and is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The Single Subject Credential authorizes instruction in the subjects listed on the credential in departmentalized classes at any grade level including preschool, grades K–12, and classes organized primarily for adults, but is especially appropriate for middle school and high school. This credential also includes authorization to teach English Language Learners within the content area.

Preliminary Credential Admission Requirements

For graduate students who are earning credentials but not seeking a degree, the following admission requirements apply:

  • Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelors degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
  • Verify subject matter competency. Candidates must present a letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter waiver program or evidence of continuous progress toward meeting the subject matter requirement.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and submit valid TB tests results.
  • Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University's Graduate Education Application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Preliminary Credential Teacher Preparation Requirements

After successfully completing the requirements below, candidates make an appointment with a credential analyst in the School of Education at Biola University and apply for the Preliminary Credential from the State of California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

1. Teacher Preparation and Subject-Specific Pedagogy Courses

All candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject (SS) Teaching Credential must complete the following graduate teacher preparation courses in sequence:

Teacher Preparation Courses
SEED 519Foundations of Education2
SEED 526Psychological Foundations of Education3
SEED 541Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
SEED 525Secondary Content Area Reading3
SEED 539Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
SEED 514Secondary Student Teaching I6
SEED 515Secondary Student Teaching II6
Subject-Specific Pedagogy Course
SEED 533Single Subject Pedagogy2
Total Credits28

2. Taskstream Subscription

Candidates must have a paid subscription to Taskstream while taking teacher preparation courses, pedagogy courses, and during student teaching.

3. Certificate of Clearance and Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Candidates must obtain the application for a Certificate of Clearance prior to taking SEED 519, in order to participate in the required fieldwork sequence. Fees required.

Candidates must submit valid TB tests results prior to taking SEED 519, and annually in order to participate in the required fieldwork sequence in the Teacher Preparation Program. Fees required.

4. Minimum Grades and GPA Requirements

All teaching credential candidates must maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Students must receive a grade of "B-" of higher in all teacher preparation and pedagogy courses and score an 83% or higher in all key assignments in order to student teach and to be formally recommended for a Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential.

5. Basic Skills Requirement

All candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or equivalent. This requirement must be met prior to applying for student teaching.

6. RICA Exam

Multiple Subject candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam.

7. Subject Matter Competency Requirement

Candidates must prove subject matter competency by completing an approved subject matter program or passing equivalent subject matter exams (CSET). These exams must be passed prior to applying for student teaching.

8. CalTPA 

Candidates must meet or exceed the minimum standards for passing the two state-mandated California Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPAs). Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of CalTPAs must be passed prior to applying for a Preliminary Teaching Credential.

9. Recommendation

Candidates must be recommended by the faculty of the School of Education as having all requisite professional qualities to be successful as a teacher.

10. Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluations

Candidates must demonstrate high performance in each Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluation for teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework in order to remain in the Teacher Preparation Program. Evidence of unaddressed concerns (scores of 1 or 2), or failing to meet a professional disposition may lead to dismissal.

11. Fieldwork Evaluation

Candidates must obtain good to excellent scores in each fieldwork evaluation for teacher preparation coursework including student teaching.

12. U.S. Constitution Requirement

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that a teaching credential candidate must have completed a minimum 2-credit course that covers the U.S. Constitution or fulfill this requirement by examination.

Transfer coursework must be reviewed by a credential analyst in the School of Education. If an exam is required, a U.S. Constitution exam and study packet is available in Biola's School of Education. Candidates who have taken one of the courses listed below, with a grade of "C" or better at Biola University, have met this requirement.

POSC 225Survey of American Government3
HIST 200United States History To 18653

13. CPR

Candidates must show verification of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — infant, child and adult — that meets the standards of either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross when applying for the Preliminary Teaching Credential.

14. Advisor Contact

Candidates must meet regularly with an advisor to ensure that all requirements are met.

Applying for a Credential

After successfully completing student teaching and the associated requirements, candidates make an appointment with a credential analyst in the School of Education at Biola University and apply for the Preliminary Teaching Credential from the State of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation/reporting purposes. Please see a credential analyst for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential.

SB 57 Options for Private School Teachers

Under SB57 legislation, candidates employed three or more years in WASC-accredited schools may qualify for evaluation by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) of teaching experience  in lieu of student teaching. Candidates employed six or more years may qualify for evaluation by the CTC of teaching experience in lieu of teaching methodology coursework and student teaching. See a credential analyst for details.

Student Teaching Under Contract

Candidates who are already full-time teachers in public schools or WASC-accredited private schools may interview to student teach under contract. If approved, public school candidates remain in their full-time teaching position while fulfilling all requirements for student teaching. Private school candidates will fulfill half of the student teaching requirements at the private school; the other half of student teaching will most often be fulfilled during the summer in a public school setting. See the Student Teaching Field Placement Coordinator for details. Candidates with less than two years of teaching experience may be required to complete one of the following courses prior to student teaching under contract.

SEED 518Designing Successful Classrooms: Starting Right3
or SEED 523 Behavior and Classroom Management

Student Teaching Overseas

Candidates may elect to do one half of their student teaching overseas at a U.S. regionally-accredited or similarly accredited school. If interested, see one of the Directors of Teacher Preparation at least one year in advance of your overseas placement.

Teaching, ACSI

Application information may be obtained from the ACSI liaison in the School of Education Office. The credential program at Biola University meets the requirements for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Certificate. Requirements are identical to the California Preliminary Credential Program as well as:

Select 6 credits of Bible courses6
Select one of the following:3
Integration Seminar (taken as "Christian Philosophy of Education")
Selected Readings and Topics (taken as "Philosophy of Education")
Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society
Total Credits9

The Preliminary Credential Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation and for accreditation/reporting purposes. Please see a credential analyst for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential.