Undergraduate Education Programs

Earn your degree and teaching credential as an undergraduate

Saint Mary's College provides several undergraduate pathways towards a Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in four years. There are three teaching credentials students can earn.

Multiple Subject California Teaching Preliminary Credential

Work in K-8 schools, either as an elementary school teacher or as a teacher of core subjects in a middle school (teaching at least two subjects).

Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) California Teaching Preliminary Credential

Work in diverse settings with K-12 students with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Other health impairments including Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Single Subject 4+1 minor

If your passion is to work with middle and high school students, you can earn your Bachelor’s degree at the end of four years, and the Single Subject California Teaching Preliminary Credential at the end of your fifth year. Students begin credentialing courses as undergraduate seniors. Students may also pursue a Masters in Teaching (MAT) in the fifth year by fulfilling additional coursework and research components. 

Saint Mary's College is committed to fostering the development of transformative teachers through our mission-centered values of educating the whole person, concern for the poor, and social justice. Undergraduates will have early field experience in schools and community while simultaneously immersing themselves in coursework that critically analyzes social, political, cultural and economic structures that shape our communities and our planet.