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CSU, Chico professional education programs prepare educators to be informed decision-makers. Graduates have developed a high level of competence consistent with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. They are professionals who work collaboratively to apply the best research-based practices in their fields to enhance and support the learning, growth, and welfare of their students. Those who complete professional education programs at CSU, Chico accept the challenges to remain reflective practitioners, serve as agents of change, exercise responsible leadership, and model lifelong learning.

Basic Teaching Credentials

The Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in public schools organized in self-contained classrooms, kindergarten through grade twelve. The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach the subject designated on the credential in schools organized by subject departments, kindergarten through 12.

Multiple and Single Subject Credentials authorize the holder to teach all students in the regular classroom, including English learners.

The Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis to a Multiple or Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to provide English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English to English learners as well as to teach learners in their primary language.

The Education Specialist Credential with an emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities authorizes the holder to instruct individuals in grades K-12, and adults, who have specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, other health impairments, and/or serious emotional disturbance.

The Education Specialist in Moderate/Severe Disabilities Credential authorizes the holder to instruct individuals in grades K-12, and adults, with autism, mental retardation, deaf-blindness, serious emotional disturbance, and/or multiple disabilities.

The Multiple and Single Subject and Education Specialist Internship Programs are alternatives designed to meet the credentialing needs of candidates already employed as teachers.

Advanced Credentials

Other programs leading to California Specialist or Service Credentials are available. See the following page for a listing of programs.

Programs for Experienced Teachers

The School of Education offers individual courses and workshops for classroom teachers who wish to enhance their skills in planning, teaching, and evaluating learning. Details about current offerings may be obtained by consulting the department offices. Courses leading to a CLAD (Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development) certificate are available.

Master of Arts Programs

The MA in Education is available with a variety of options and advising patterns. See the following pages for a complete description.

Career Outlook

California and the nation continue to have unmet needs for fully qualified teachers. The demand is increasing sharply and is expected to continue for many years. Salaries also are rising and recognition of the need for excellence in the profession remains strong. For more specific information, consult the Career Planning and Placement Office, 530-898-5253.

Special Resources

Scholarships and financial aid programs are available to students interested in careers in education. An application for all California State University, Chico scholarships is due February 1 in the Financial Aid Office.

A Credential Analyst is available to evaluate coursework for specific credential requirements and for advising out-of-state applicants who wish to obtain a California credential. For individual advising and evaluations, call the office of Credential Services.