"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."
-Mark Van Doren
In California, aspiring elementary teachers must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Because of the breadth and depth of its coursework, the L&CS Program provides strong support for students who plan to take these examinations.
A special 5-year program has been designed for freshman students who are committed to becoming elementary teachers and who are interested in a cohort program that provides coursework in education and experiences in elementary schools along with their L&CS courses. Students graduate at the end of 4 years and complete their preliminary Multiple Subject credential and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree during their 5th year at Saint Mary's. Click here for online TFT application
- Integrated Curriculum: teacher preparation courses taught along with liberal arts courses;
- Early field experiences in elementary schools;
- Opportunity to take the program as a "cohort group" with the same advisors and the same in-school experiences;
- A minor or area of concentration of your choice;
- Completion of the bachelor's degree after four years; and
- By the end of the 5th year: Completion of the Multiple Subject (elementary) Teaching Credential (or a Special Education Credential) & Completion of optional Master of Arts in Teaching degree (with three additional courses).
- Admission to SMC as a Freshman or Sophomore with a strong academic background;
- A commitment to becoming an elementary teacher; and
- Completion of the Teachers for Tomorrow online Application for the program.
Please not that the successful completion of three years of a foreign language study in high school is preferred.
For further information, please contact:
Mindy LeVu Ware
L&CS Academic Adviser
Teachers for Tomorrow Coordinator
Link to Teachers for Tomorrow application: