The University of La Verne’s Educational Studies major provides students with subject matter preparation for individuals seeking a career in Elementary Education (Grades K-6).
La Verne’s program is unique in that the curriculum includes the practical application for teaching subject-matter content areas in elementary and middle school classrooms. Educational Studies graduates are well-versed in educational philosophies and practices, making for an easy transition to a teaching credential program.
Graduates from the Educational Studies Program with a 3.0 GPA in the major and a 2.75 overall GPA will meet the entrance requirements of La Verne’s Teaching Credentialing Program.
To provide maximum convenience and flexibility, the program is offered online and is available at several locations throughout California, including La Verne, Bakersfield, Burbank, College of the Canyons, Crafton Hills Community College, Irvine, Ontario, Oxnard, and Victorville.
For more than 75 years, LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne has been developing outstanding education professionals. Here, students and faculty are partners in the learning process, pursuing the shared goal of developing the highest quality teachers for our communities. Academic quality, student service, field experience and CSET preparation are all unique components of the Educational Studies Program at La Verne.
La Verne’s Educational Studies Program seeks to inspire students in the development of personal and academic growth through excellent instruction, advisement, and professional preparation. The Educational Studies Program commits itself to ensuring quality subject matter competence to future multiple subject teachers.
Steps to Becoming an Elementary School Teacher
- Complete a bachelor’s degree.
- Complete Teaching Credential Program prerequisites as an undergraduate: public speaking, American Government and Health Education.
- Pass CBEST or pass CSET: Multiple Subjects AND CSET: Writing Skills tests.
- Pass CSET: Multiple Subjects.
- Complete a state-approved Teaching Credential Program, including Student Teaching.
- Pass RICA after completing the reading methodology courses in the Teaching Credential Program.
As a California state requirement in compliance with the federal mandate of No Child Left Behind, all students seeking a career in education as a credentialed K-6 teacher will be tested on their subject matter competence by taking the California Subject Examination for Teachers: CSET for Multiple Subjects. For frequently asked CSET questions, please click here.