Teaching Credential/MA FAQs
Where are student teachers placed?
Normally, student teaching is done in the communities within a 45 minute drive from the UC campus. Districts we commonly place students in are: Davis, Dixon, Elk Grove, Fairfield-Suisun, Folsom-Codova, Language Academy of Sacramento, Natomas, Natomas Charter, Robla, Sacramento City, San Juan, Travis, Twin Rivers, Vacaville, Washington, Winters, and Woodland.
Does UC Davis have a part-time program, night program, or summer program?
No, our credential program is definitely full-day and full-time over the course of the credential portion of the program. The Masters portion of our Credential/MA program offers more flexibility with class times scheduled around a teacher’s typical work schedule.
What does the credential year look like?
You will be involved in a very intense and extensive experience of coursework and field work. The amount of work is considerable. If you are to be successful, you will need to prepare yourself to devote all your energy and time to this program.
Will I have time to work during my credential program?
You will spend your mornings in the schools and afternoons on campus taking courses. Your evenings will be filled with homework (your own and your students’) and back-to-school nights, etc. For most students working outside of their credential program is not feasible.
Who needs a teaching credential?
Everyone who teaches grades K – 12 in public schools on a permanent basis is required to hold a California teaching credential.
What kind of major do I need to have in order to become a teacher?
For teaching at the K-6 level, you can have any major as your background for teaching. For teaching at the secondary level in grades 7-12, a major in your area is the best thing.
If your undergraduate major is not in the subject area you wish to teach it is advisable for you to pass the subject matter examinations (CSET) prior to submitting your application for admission.
What if I am interested in earning more than one credential?
It is possible to become authorized to teach more than one subject. You must pass the CSET in the additional subject you are interested in and take a methodology class as well. Our Credential Analyst will provide guidance to all registered students on how to add various authorizations based on testing or coursework completed.
Are all credential programs the same?
No, every teaching credential program is different. It is for this reason that we encourage you to explore several programs in order to determine which program best fits your needs. A very common difference between programs is the timing for you to compete course work and your student teaching.
Is a teaching credential also a Master’s degree?
No, a teacher credential authorizes you to provide instruction in a K-12 public school and is issued under the guidelines of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A Masters in Education is an academic degree awarded by a College or University.
UC Davis offers a combined Credential/Masters Program that when completed results in both a California teaching credential and a Masters of Arts in Education.