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2. Classroom Observation

It is important for you to have some knowledge of California public school classrooms and the teacher’s work in that classroom. Your credential application should document at least 30 hours spent observing in a diverse California public classroom(s) at the grade range and, for middle and high school interest, in the subject area, that you intend to teach. In addition to the 30 hours, many students applying to the credential program will have significant experience working individually with elementary and/or secondary age children in one-on-one situations, such as tutoring, coaching, after school programs, mentoring, etc., this experience can be included in your application essays and will be considered in your overall preparation. If you believe you have a unique experience outside of the California public school classroom or substitute teaching that may meet this requirement, please provide a description of your experience for faculty review to Student Services at

Please review our Classroom Observation handout for more details and use the Classroom Observation form below to document your experience. It must be signed by the teacher you observed or by the school’s principal. UPDATE: EDU 100 and EDU 181 and 183 in class internship fieldwork has been suspended starting in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation. Students taking EDU 100 and/or EDU 181 and 183 MAST classes must submit signed documentation to show internship hours earned elsewhere as part of their application.

For Bilingual Applicants Only: it is recommended to have a minimum of 5 hours observing in a bilingual setting.  These 5 hours may be part of your 30 hour observation, if in the correct content area to which you are applying.



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