Teaching Credential Questions

How do I obtain a teaching credential?

You take TED courses (methods, etc.) and do student teaching or fieldwork (practice teaching or internship) in the schools. For further information on the various TED programs, call their general information number (310) 243-3496 to arrange an appointment and obtain information about the program.

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How long will it take me to become a credentialed teacher?

If you take all the right classes and an average of 15.5 units each semester, it will take you 4 years to get your Liberal Studies degree.  Then, it will take you approximately 1 ½ years to complete the credential.

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What is the CBEST test?  What does it cover?  When should I take it?

The CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) is a statewide exam which covers three areas—reading, writing, and math.  You should take it when you have prepared for the test and not before then.  Students should plan to take the CBEST as soon as they think they are ready.  All students need to have taken the CBEST (as well as other requirements) before they can enroll in LBS 300.

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Should I take any teacher education courses while I'm working on my degree in Liberal Studies?

No.  The Teacher Education Credential Program has just been changed.  New requirements do not allow undergraduates to enroll in TED prefix courses before the last semester as a Liberal Studies major.

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What are the different teaching credential programs at CSUDH?

There are 2 basic teaching credentials offered at CSUDH:  multiple subject (usually grades K-6) and single subject (usually grades 7-12) and students take student teaching to complete their credentialing requirements.  For more information, please contact (310) 243-3525.

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Where do CSUDH students do their student teaching?

Usually in LAUSD, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Torrance, or Long Beach.

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Is student teaching available in the summer?

No.

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Can you request a certain grade level, school, and/or teacher for student teaching?

No, but you will be assigned to 2 different grade levels at a school as close to your home as possible and with a qualified master teacher.

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I am a teacher's aide in a local school district.  Does this mean I won't have to do student teaching.

No, you will still need to complete the fieldwork involved with the student teaching option.

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