2018-2019 Catalog

Teacher Education

College of Education                    


Division of Teacher Education

Master of Arts- Education

Available Options:

Curriculum and Instruction

Dual Language Learning

Preliminary Credential Programs

Multiple Subjects Credential Pathways:

     Student Teaching Traditional Option

     University Intern Option

     Integrated Teacher Education Program

          (ITEP undergraduate through LBS)

Single Subject Credential Pathways:

     Student Teaching Option

     University Intern Option

     University Intern Option with Urban Teacher Residency

Language Authorizations

English Language Authorization

     Included in Multiple and Single Subject Credentials

Bilingual Authorization- Spanish

Clear (Induction) Credential Programs



Dual Language Learning



Lilia Sarmiento, Chair of Teacher Education

Gwen Brockman, Stephanie Cariaga, Edward Curammeng, Glenn DeVoogd, Kamal Hamdan, Deandrea Nelson, Irene Osisioma, Elexia Reyes McGovern, Jeffrey Sapp, Kimberly Trimble

Department Office: COE 1401, (310) 243-3496

Emeriti Faculty

Jill Aguilar, Ingeborg Assmann, Joseph Braun, John A. Brownell, James Cantor, Joel Colbert, Lenora Cook, Peter D. Ellis, Suzanne Gemmell (in memoriam), Richard Gordon, Dru Ann Gutierrez, Diane Hembacher, Susan Johnston, Mimi Kalland-Warshaw, Shirley Lal, Ruth Larson, Nada Mach, Cynthia McDermott-LaCorte, John McGowan, Priscilla Porter, R.H. Ringis, Kathleen Taira, Diana Wolff


Program Description

Master of Arts in Education

The MA program prepares candidates to assume advanced roles in the field of education. The coursework provides broad conceptions of curriculum theories and design, development, and instruction supported with evidence-based best practices. Students develop and engage in real-time intervention studies to demonstrate critical thinking and research writing skills.  The program consists of a core of advanced coursework, electives, and a culminating experience (thesis, project, or comprehensive exam) that support advanced study in the field of education. There are 31 units of course work with a minimum of 21 semester units completed in residence. Candidates may apply to the MA program only or apply to both the Master of Arts Degree in Education and Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential. Those students who apply to the combined program must adhere to the requirements for both programs (e.g., GPA, continuous enrollment and course grade requirements). Students may also apply and complete the MA after completing a credential program.


Curriculum and Instruction Option

The MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction Option prepares candidates for specialized roles in the field of curriculum and instruction.


Dual Language Learning Option

The MA in Education, Dual Language Learning Option focuses on bilingualism and biliteracy in Spanish in school and societal contexts. The program is designed to prepare teacher leaders to examine and refine their own pedagogy and instruction and to promote social justice through an inquiry approach in Spanish. This construct provides instruction in two languages and is aimed for students to develop competencies in bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism/multiculturalism. Students who complete this option can earn their Bilingual Authorization.


Preliminary Credential Programs

The Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential authorizes its holder to teach in a self-contained classroom, usually grades kindergarten through six. The Single Subject Preliminary Credential authorizes its holder to teach in departmental classes, usually in the middle or high school. Both the Multiple and Single Subject programs fulfill the California state requirements for English Language Authorization and, for qualified applicants, the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. Certification in other authorized languages is available by examination through CCTC.

Both Multiple Subjects and Single Subject programs offer a traditional student teaching option as well as a university intern option. Candidates enrolled in the University Intern Option are contracted teachers (without a preliminary credential) currently teaching K-12 students and are supervised for fieldwork in their own classroom by trained university supervisors and site-based coaches who provide support and guidance. Candidates enrolled in the Student Teaching Option are not contracted teachers and are assigned to master teachers in a public school setting for their supervised field experiences. In addition, student teachers receive support and guidance from a university supervisor (in some cases, the master teacher also serves as a university field supervisor).

Each program option is organized into phases, university semesters, that include courses and field experiences. The program sequence allows candidates to complete their coursework and exit requirements in one year if the candidate begins the program during the summer, when summer is offered.

Coursework and field experiences effectively prepare candidates to teach K-12 students and understand the contemporary conditions of schooling. Because the majority of teacher candidates enrolled in the TED credential program are, or will be, teaching in urban schools with multicultural and multilingual students, the program's coursework and field experiences are designed to prepare candidates to effectively meet the needs of those students. Courses are designed to address issues of second language learners and diverse styles of learning. The program provides extensive opportunities for candidates to learn to teach the content of the California K-12 academic content standards, to use state-adopted instructional materials, to assess student progress, and to apply these understandings in teaching K-12 students.

Through the carefully sequenced courses and field experiences candidates develop a series of pedagogical competencies represented by the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Within each phase of the program, courses are designated to address specific TPEs that must be applied and practiced during each field experience. The TPEs are assessed throughout the program using fair, valid, and reliable methods and measures. There are ongoing formative assessments, embedded signature assignments, and a summative assessment, the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA).

CSU Dominguez Hills' credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC, 1900 Capitol Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.)

Note: Students who wish to teach in TK classrooms need 24 units in early childhood education.


Liberal Studies Students

Liberal Studies students must apply and meet the admissions criteria and complete required documentation. They must consult with their undergraduate subject matter advisor and teacher education advisor and attend a College of Education Information Meeting.

Liberal Studies students at CSUDH with catalog rights starting in Fall 2016complete all of the prerequisite Phase I classes as part of the major and apply to the program and Phase 2 upon graduation.


Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP - through LBS)

The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is an option within the undergraduate Liberal Studies major wherein students earn a BA degree in Liberal Studies while also earning a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential (Student Teaching Option). Students in this program can also earn their Bilingual Authorization. Students in ITEP must complete a "depth of study" and be accepted into the Multiple Subject Credential Program before enrolling in credential courses. The total number of units for the BA and credential is 135. Please see the Liberal Studies section of the Catalog, as well as an advisor in the Liberal Studies Office for more details about the ITEP Integrated Option.

Undergraduate Students may begin Phase One of the preliminary credential program student teaching option during their senior year. They must apply and meet the admissions criteria and complete required documentation. They must consult with their undergraduate subject matter advisor and teacher education advisor and attend a College of Education Information Meeting.


Concurrent Enrollment in a Preliminary Credential Program and Masters in Education Program

The Teacher Education Division offers both Multiple and Single Subject credentials with the Master’s Degree in Education with Options in Curriculum and Instruction. or Dual Language Learning. The program meets the needs of college graduates who wish to pursue careers in elementary or secondary education. Credential course work combines theory, methods, and field experiences that enrich candidates teaching practices. Master degree level courses combine theory, field assignments, and a culminating experience that enhances candidates' professional expertise. Students who are enrolled in the combined program must adhere to the requirements for both program (e.g. GPA, continuous enrollment, and course grade requirements). 



The location of the University allows an ongoing, intensive interaction with a wide variety of local school districts, providing an excellent opportunity for working with a diverse population. Graduates of basic credential programs and the Masters of Arts in Education are in high demand by principals and superintendents who have come to respect the quality of the programs and the competence of their graduates. Teaching methods classes reflect the most up-to-date and effective approaches to instruction. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking just a preliminary credential, individuals seeking both a preliminary credential and a master’s degree, as well as full-time working professionals seeking a master’s degree.  Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening.

Academic Advisement

Students will work with an advisor when they are admitted to the Teacher Education Division for a specific program (master's degree, credential, or certificate). Students who are uncertain about which program best meets their professional goals may meet with the department chairperson or faculty advisor to discuss the range of options.
The student must confer with the advisor each semester prior to registration to ensure that the student is taking the appropriate course work in the proper sequence.



Scholarships and awards are available to students in Basic Credential Programs. Please contact the College of Education for a full description of the requirements for each of the following awards and a description of the application process.

  1. Hilda S. Baca Fetcenko Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Up to $1200 to a student enrolled in a College of Education program and working on bilingual certification who has a 3.2 GPA or above and financial need.
  2. Bergen Family Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a full-time student in the Teacher Education Multiple Subject Program who has a 3.5 or above GPA, with preference to those pursuing a Bilingual Authorization and demonstrate financial need.
  3. Naomi Byers Scholarship:  up to $1,500 to a student enrolled in the Teacher Education Division, teaching at LAUSD secondary school, preparing for senior subject teaching credential in Mathematics, Life Sciences, or Physical Science.
  4. California Retired Teachers Association, Central Orange County, Division 44: Up to $1000 to a student enrolled in student teaching with a 3.0 GPA or above and financial aid.
  5. California Retired Teachers, South Bay Division 46:  up to $1,500 to a student enrolled in student teaching or fieldwork with a 3.0 GPA or above, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  6. Carson Companies Scholarship:  Full tuition to a Liberal Studies Major or LBS graduate with a 3.5 GPA or above and financial need enrolled in an undergraduate or credential program.
  7. College of Education Honorary and Memorial:  up to $1,000 to a student in the College of Education who has a 3.0 or above GPA and demonstrates a commitment to teaching.
  8. College of Education Master's Endowed Scholarship: Up to a $1000 to a student pursuing a Masters of Education, plans to work in PK-14 education, has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must include a 1-2 personal statement that explains how the MA will impact their professional growth and how they will improve PK-14 education.
  9. Doris A. Davis Endowed Scholarship: up to $1500 to a student enrolled in a COE program who graduated from a Compton high school.
  10. Laurence DeVoogd Endowed Scholarship: up to $1000 to a student in Liberal Studies, Teacher Education, or a MA in Education. Must have a 2.8GPA or above, financial need, and include a 200-250 word statement  about how students learn best.
  11. Robert DeVries Memorial Scholarship:  $500 to a student entering teaching as a second career with an exemplary character and citizenship and average to high academic standing.
  12. Miguel Gallegos Memorial Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a student enrolled in a Teacher Education Program or Master’s Degree Program working toward a bilingual (Spanish/English) certification (preference given to initial certification) who has a 3.5 or above GPA and demonstrates financial need. One scholarship per year.
  13. Kaufman Family Endowed Scholarship:  up to $1000 to a student teacher intending to teach in an urban school with a 3.0 GPA or above and financial need.
  14. Joette Lavarini Memorial Scholarship:  $500 to an elementary student teacher with high academic standing, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  15. Laura E. Settle Scholarship:  $1,000 each to two students in the teacher credential program who have average to high scholastic standing, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  16. Gil and Shirley Smith Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a student in the College of Education returning to CSUDH undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining in their pre-teaching or teacher prep program who has a 3.0 or above GPA and demonstrates financial need.
  17. James E. Williams Memorial Scholarship:  $500-$1000 to a student teacher who will be teaching in an urban setting.


Preparation for Credential Programs

Multiple Subjects (Elementary)
Students planning to teach children in a self-contained classroom, usually grades transitional kindergarten through six, will need to earn a Multiple Subjects Credential. Students planning to earn a Multiple Subject Credential must meet subject matter by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject Examinations or completing an Elementary Subject Matter Program. For undergraduate students, it is recommended that students planning to pursue a Multiple Subjects Credential complete course requirements for the Liberal Studies major, which is a CTC-approved Elementary Subject Matter Program. 

Single Subject (Middle and High School)

Students planning to teach in departmentalized classes, usually at the middle or senior high school levels, will need to earn a Single Subject Credential.  Undergraduate students should contact the appropriate department in order to seek program advising regarding completing course requirements for one of the Subject Matter Preparation Programs offered on campus. Subject Matter Preparation Programs offered at CSUDH are: English, Chemistry, Mathematics, Music, Kinesiology, Spanish, Biology, and History/Social Studies. Please see separate entries in the University Catalog for contact information to these departments.An alternative to fulfilling course requirements for a Single Subject equivalency is to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Single Subject Examination in the appropriate subject area.

Before admission to all credential programs, students are required to meet the Basic Skills requirement either with a passing score on California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or by an alternative method (see https://ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl667.pdf).

The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the students' best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.