PhD Program Overview

Teacher Education Program – Credential Overview

Become an Outstanding Classroom Teacher

The Teacher Credential programs at the University of California, Riverside prepare aspiring teachers to serve schools through social justice oriented, community engaged frameworks. While studying cutting-edge and research informed curricula, teacher candidates at the Graduate School of Education are cultivated as critical thinkers and reflective, creative professionals who address the needs of all students in culturally responsive ways.

In addition to developing pedagogical skill and rigorous content knowledge that align with Common Core State Standards, our teacher credential programs specifically train teachers to:

  • Use theory to guide practice
  • Approach teaching using collaborative and co-teaching models
  • Attend to the political, ethical and social-emotional dimensions of teaching
  • Pedagogically engage students in culturally and community responsive ways that attend to diversity across factors including socio-economics, race, linguistics and ability
  • Cultivate students as critical thinkers who are engaged in their communities and society
  • Practice restorative justice and models of authentic care
  • Integrate arts and technology across disciplines

Exceptional Career Preparation

  • Earn a California teaching credential that is widely accepted by other states.
  • Participate in seminar classes of 24 or fewer students where you receive individual mentoring.
  • Complete a year of field experience in the type of classroom where you hope to teach.
  • Earn your teaching credential in one year.
  • Qualified candidates may earn a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.