PUC currently offers both Multiple Subject and Single Subject CA state teaching credentials. The credential program is integrated which means that the teaching credential can be earned simultaneously as you complete a 4 year bachelor’s degree.  

PUC does not offer subject matter approved programs, which means all teacher candidates must take and pass the following State Exams in order to be issued a CA Preliminary Teaching Credential:

  • CBEST - can be met by coursework or SAT scores
  • CSET - subject matter competency exam
  • CalTPA - This is a performance assessment that includes two different assessments and is completed during the methods year.
  • RICA - multiple subject candidates only (Required until 2025. In 2025 RICA will be phased out and integrated into CalTPA Cycle 2)

The professional preparation program has three phases for covering English Language Skills:

  • Phase 1: An introduction: theories, case studies, and group applications (Core Classes)
  • Phase 2: Methods and beginning practice: strategies, lesson design, assessment, differentiation, and classroom applications (Methods Classes, CalTPA Cycle 1 and Early Field Experiences)
  • Phase 3: Developing individual competence in the classroom (Pre-session and Full-Time Student Teaching, CalTPA Cycle 2.

Courses that cover English language skills:

Phase 1: An Introduction
  • EDUC 101 Intro to Teaching: Diverse classrooms in California
  • EDUC 333 Educational Psychology: English Learners as a special population
  • EDUC 336 Multicultural Classrooms: Family, Environmental, and Social Contexts
  • EDUC 339 ELL Pedagogy: English learners, theories of language acquisition, strategies, assessment, school programs, legal requirements
  • EDUC 340 Exceptional Children in the Classroom: English Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
Phase 2: Methods Courses with early field experiences

Reading instruction competency is developed in both multiple- and single-subject programs. Candidates increase their knowledge and understanding of alternative methods of developing English skills while demonstrating their knowledge through UDL lesson planning. Candidates further demonstrate beginning practice in these skills, implementing their UDL lessons through early field experiences in diverse classrooms.

Multiple Subject:
  • EDUC 353/L English Language Arts I: Phonics, word study, reading instruction
  • EDUC 356 English Language Arts II: Writing strategies
  • EDUC 357 Teaching in the Content Areas: Reading textbooks
Single Subject:
  • EDUC 358 Literacy in the Secondary Content Areas
  • EDUC 361/L Middle School Teaching Strategies
  • EDUC 362/L Secondary Content Area Teaching Strategies

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Education department at Pacific Union College will accept your application for credential program admission regardless of your race, age, sex, or national origin so long as your attitude and behavior are in harmony with the goals and traditions of this Seventh - day Adventist college and your abilities and preparation indicate the probability of academic success.

Although church affiliation is not required for admission, you are expected to abide by the policies outlined in the PUC Catalogue and the Student Handbook.  To qualify for admission you must give evidence of intellectual competence, high moral character, satisfactory heath, and a genuine desire to learn.

Grievance/Petition Process

The grievance/petition process within the Education Department is for students, as grievances involving faculty are addressed in the campus-wide grievance process.

Grievances that students may want faculty to review:

  • a request of admission that was previously declined.
  • a mid-term or final departmental review that was Not Approved or Approved with Reservations.
  • a department decision to not recommend for a candidate’s state and/or SDA church certification.

Students are informed that they can petition for 1) a reversal of a department decision, or 2) an exception to a department policy.  Students may request that they be heard, either in person or in writing.

The grievances or petitions are discussed by departmental faculty in group session, with petitioners then formally informed of the faculty decision.

Students are informed of the Grievance Process in three ways.

  • A poster describing the grievance process is posted on the lobby bulletin board.
  • The grievance process is included in the credential candidate application packet.
  • The following statement of fair treatment and grievance process is included in all Education Department syllabi.

“The PUC Teacher Credential Program is committed to the health and safety of students and will seek to be open and fair in matters relating to classroom instruction and student teaching placements. Students who feel they have been treated inappropriately should report the incident to the department chairperson. Students who desire a department decision to be reviewed may petition their request in writing to the department chairperson.”

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