Education Programs and Minor Requirements

The Department of Education & Child Development offers the following teaching credential programs and minor:

Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential
Minor in Elementary Education

Click on a link above for information about a specific offering’s course requirements.

A master’s degree is also offered in education. Visit the webpage for Whittier College’s Graduate Program in Education to learn more.


Prerequisites and Professional Preparation Requirements for Teaching Credentials

The teacher education programs for students pursuing the Multiple Subject (elementary) and Single Subject (secondary) Teaching Credentials include planned prerequisites and professional preparation courses. Students should plan their undergraduate programs so as to take the prerequisites during their freshman and sophomore years. Professional preparation requirements are not open to freshmen or sophomores. Students should take the sequence of required professional preparation courses in the junior year and after. The prerequisites and professional preparation courses for the Multiple Subject (elementary) and Single Subject (secondary) Teaching Credentials are listed below.

For the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Human Development, CHDV 105, (3 credits) OR Child Psychology, PSYC 242, (3 credits) 
  • American Government and Politics, PLSC 110 OR approved equivalent
  • Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Education, EDUC 300, (3 credits)
  • Movement Education in the Elementary School, KLS 320, (3 credits)

Required professional preparation courses:

  • Teaching Diverse Learners, EDUC 401, (3 credits)
  • Learning and Learners, EDUC 406, (3 credits)
  • Literacy Development in the Elementary School, EDUC 402, (3 credits)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Methodology, EDUC 404, (3 credits)
  • Multiple Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy: Integrating Language Arts, History, Social Science, and Visual-Performing Arts, EDUC 405, (3 credits)
  • Multiple Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy: Math and Science, EDUC 407, (3 credits)
  • Promoting Students’ Health & Safety, KLS 509, (1 credit)
  • Working with Special Populations, EDUC 510, (2 credits) 
  • Student Teaching/Internship, EDUC 520, (12 credits). (To qualify for student teaching or internship, students must have completed all prerequisites and subject matter requirements. Consult Department materials for a complete list.)
  • Professional Development Seminar, EDUC 521, (1-2 credits). (Must be taken concurrently with Student Teaching/Internship.)
  • Passage of RICA (Reading Instruction Competency Assessment Test)

For the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Human Development, CHDV 105, (3 credits) OR
  • Psychology of Adolescence, PSYC 242, (3 credits)
  • American Government and Politics, PLSC 110 OR approved equivalent
  • Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Education, EDUC 300, (3 credits)​

Required professional preparation courses:

  • Teaching Diverse Learners, EDUC 401, (3 credits)
  • Learning and Learners, EDUC 406, (3 credits)
  • Teaching Content Area Literacy, EDUC 403, (3 credits)
  • Second Language Acquisition and Methodology, EDUC 404, (3 credits)
  • Single Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy I, EDUC 408, (3 credits)
  • Single Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy II, EDUC 409, (3 credits)
  • Promoting Students’ Health & Safety, KLS 509, (1 credit)
  • Working with Special Populations, EDUC 510, (2 credits)
  • Student Teaching/Internship, EDUC 520, (12 credits). (To qualify for student teaching or internship, students must have completed all prerequisites and subject matter requirements. Consult Department materials for a complete list.)
  • Professional Development Seminar, EDUC 521, (1-2 credits). (Must be taken concurrently with Student Teaching/Internship.)

For the Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Teaching Credential

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Human Development, CHDV 105, (3 credits) 
  • American Government and Politics, PLSC 110 OR approved equivalent 
  • Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Education, EDUC 300, (3 credits) 

Required professional preparation courses:

  • Teaching Diverse Learners, EDUC 401, (3 credits) 
  • Learning and Learners, EDUC 406, (3 credits) 
  • Literacy Development in the Elementary School, EDUC 402, (3 credits) 
  • Second Language Acquisition and Methodology, EDUC 404, (3 credits) 
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners, EDUC 429, (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Special Education, EDUC 430, (3 credits)
  • Assessment of Exceptional Students, EDUC 531, (3 credits)
  • Case Management and Assistive Technology, EDUC 532, (3 credits)
  • Creating Positive Classroom Management and Behavior Systems, EDUC 533, (3 credits)
  • Characteristics and Instructional Practices: Mild/Moderate, EDUC 434, (2 credits)
  • Promoting Students’ Health & Safety, KLS 509, (1 credit)
  • Student Teaching/Internship, EDUC 520, (12 credits) (To qualify for studentteaching or internship, students must have completed all prerequisites and subject matter requirements. Consult Department materials for a complete list.)
  • Professional Development Seminar, EDUC 521, (1-2 credits) (Must be takenconcurrently with Student Teaching/Internship.)
  • Passage of RICA (Reading Instruction Competency Assessment Test)​

For the Minor in Elementary Education

A minor in elementary education requires 20-21 credits, including CHDV 105, CHDV 315 or 330, EDUC 401, 402, 404, 406, and one additional course from an approved list.

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