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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
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
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.
Everyone who teaches grades K – 12 in public schools on a
permanent basis is required to hold a California teaching
What kind of major do I need to have in order to become a
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
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
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
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.