The teacher education program offers credential programs to candidates like you, interested in teaching general education in the elementary and middle school classroom (multiple subjects) and specific subjects at the middle school and high school levels (single subject). You may also combine either of these credentials with a master's degree in education. The courses are solidly grounded in both theory and practice and have been designed to provide you with thorough preparation to teach in multilingual, multicultural communities. This program is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC) and recognized by private schools, as well.


  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice
  • Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts
  • Collaborative learning community and quality mentorship
  • High rate of employment

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought-after by local school districts. Through academic rigor and mentoring, graduates are prepared to enter the classroom with confidence.

Program director

Photo of Linda Hoff

Linda Hoff, Ph.D.

Teacher Education Program Division Head


Photo of Darrell Blanks

Darrell Blanks

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, Program Director, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

Human silhouette

Jacalyn Griffen, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, Director of Teacher Education, Merced Campus

Photo of Angel Krause

Angel Krause

Associate Professor

Photo of Maria Lemus

Maria Lemus

Program Director of Single Subject Teaching Credential, Visalia Campus

Human silhouette

Michelle Pengilly, Ed.D.

Program Director of Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Visalia Campus

Photo of Robin Perry

Robin Perry, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Education, Program Director, Preliminary Single Subject Credential

Photo of Angelica Reynosa

Angelica Reynosa, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Photo of Heather Rutowicz

Heather Rutowicz

Clinical Instructor, Education

Photo of Janet Zoller

Janet L. Zoller

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education

Admission requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Online application and fee
  • Teacher Education Addendum
  • 2 reference forms
  • Official transcripts
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Certificate of Clearance Official Passing results on Basic Skills Test
  • Official Passing on CBEST and CSET
Deadline to Submit ApplicationIn Order to Start
Friday, April 9, 2021Summer 2021 - 1st Session: Coursework Only
Friday, May 21, 2021Summer 2021 - 2nd Session: Coursework Only
Friday, June 4, 2021**Fall 2021: Coursework and Student Teaching**
Friday, August 6, 2021Fall 2021: Coursework Only
Friday, November 5, 2021**Spring 2022: Coursework and Student Teaching**
Friday, December 3, 2021Spring 2022: Coursework Only

**Complete application includes submission of CTC clearance and negative TB test from within past 12 months