SAC students preparing to become teachers need to consider several factors in planning their coursework. These include – meeting university transfer requirements, satisfying general education and major preparation requirements, demonstrating basic skills and subject matter competency, and preparing for a credential program. Future elementary school teachers, for instance, will find that it takes careful planning to obtain a bachelor's degree and meet the requirements for the multiple subject credential program in an efficient manner. Though the list below does not cover all your transfer options, we encourage you to reference the information and to meet with a counselor regularly in order to help streamline your education and prepare you for a credential program.
This document outlines the recommended courses that lead to the completion of Plan B, an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education, and transfer requirements to CSUF, as we all as preparation for the multiple subject CSET examination.
The Center for Careers in Teaching provides information and advisement about suggested majors, coursework (academic planning guides), and credential programs at CSUF for elementary, junior high, high school, and special education teachers.
This website outlines the options for future high school teachers to demonstrate subject matter competency, including completing a state-approved subject matter preparation program (SMPP) or passing the state-approved subject matter CSET examination. Below are documents outlining the coursework equivalencies at Santa Ana College for select CSUF SMPPs:
Cal State Long Beach
This website discusses options for future elementary teachers entering CSULB's Liberal Studies program. The program offers a traditional BA Pathway where students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, as well as an ITEP Pathway that integrates a BA and a teaching credential through academic subject matter, professional preparation courses, and field work experience. The Liberal Studies Program at CSULB is an approved Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program.
This document outlines articulated courses at Santa Ana College and other regional community colleges to meet the core requirements for CSULB's Liberal Studies program.
Cal State Dominguez Hills
This website provides an overview of Cal State Dominguez Hills' Liberal Studies Program. This interdisciplinary program is specially designed for students who intend to become elementary or special education teachers.
Cal Poly Pomona
This website provides an overview of Cal Poly Pomona's Liberal Studies program. The Pre-Credential option is specifically designed for future elementary teachers and integrates subject matter content with information on teaching methods.
This website provides an overview of Cal Poly Pomona's Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies program. The program couples academic study and service learning in an effort to provide an expansive understanding of our diverse, global society through a social justice lens. The Pre-Credential Option serves as an alternative pathway to prepare future elementary teachers for a credential program and the teaching profession.
The documents listed on this page outline the recommended coursework associated with Cal Poly Pomona's pre-credential options in the College of Education and Integrative Studies.
University of California
CalTeach: Science and Mathematics
CalTeach is a program for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors interested in exploring a career in education. Through coursework, students learn teaching skills and practice these methods in local K-12 classrooms. CalTeach also offers a unique opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor's degree and a California teaching credential in just four years.
This website provides an overview of UCI's Education Sciences program, which is designed to facilitate exploration of a broad range of issues in the field of education.
This website provides an overview of UCR's Liberal Studies program, which offers options for elementary teacher preparation. The courses required in this program are designed to help prepare students for the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) and apply to either UCR college breath or IGETC requirements.
Education, Society, and Human Development
This website provides an overview of UCR's Education, Society, and Human Development program. This program provides an introduction to issues, policies, and practices of education, as well as information about research, theories, and practices pertaining to human development and learning. The various concentrations also require field experience or research in an educational setting, which provides students an opportunity to put theory to practice. The program offers an alternative pathway for elementary teacher preparation.
Integrated Educational Studies, Teaching & Learning in Schools
This website provides an overview of Chapman University's Integrated Educational Studies program. This comprehensive program prepares students to be educators in classroom or community settings. The Teaching & Learning in Schools emphasis is ideal for future elementary teachers. To learn more about the Chapman Transfer Admission Guarantee for this program, visit the C-TAG website.
Concordia University - Irvine
This website provides an overview of Concordia University - Irvine's Liberal Studies program. This program has several areas of specialization that build on the core coursework and has the flexibility to be combined with a related minor, double major, or pre-professional program, such as a teaching credential.
Azusa Pacific University
This website provides an overview of Azusa Pacific University's Liberal Studies program. This program integrates subject matter and extensive service-learning experiences to prepare future elementary teachers. The program offers several concentrations and can be coupled with a teaching credential program.
Online & Hybrid Programs
Cal State Online
Online & Hybrid Degree Programs in Education at Cal States
This website lists online and hybrid degree programs, within the field of Education, that are available at various Cal State Universities. The list is not exhaustive and may not be fully updated. Please visit the respective university websites listed below for program availability and information.
Early Childhood Education
This website provides an overview of National University's Early Childhood Education program. Students that have met outlined Associate Degree for Transfer requirements may be eligible for additional scholarships.