Credential Programs

Teaching is the most important job of all.

Saint Mary’s College of California was  founded on the ideals of Saint John Baptist De la Salle, the patron saint of teachers. De la Salle believed that high-quality education should be made available to all, and the Teacher Education Department in the Kalmanovitz School of Education follows in his footsteps, with a focus on diversity, educational equity and social justice.

We offer five different teaching credentials which can be completed in one year, including both college courses and student teaching (field placements).

Which credential is right for you?

Interested in teaching elementary or middle school?

Interested in teaching middle school or high school?

  • Our Preliminary Single Subject California Teaching Credential program prepares teachers for teaching in a designated subject area. We offer credentials in eight subject areas: English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History-Social Science, Art, World Language, Music or Physical Education.

Interested in teaching students with special needs?

  • Our Preliminary Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) California Teaching Credential program prepares teachers to work in diverse settings with K-12 students with  autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, traumatic brain injury and other health impairments (including Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Interested in teaching in a Montessori school?

We offer two credentials, depending on the age of the students you would like to teach: