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Teacher Education Programs

A teaching credential is an excellent complement to any major, opening the door to vocational possibilities in education, both domestically and abroad. The Teacher Preparation Program at Seaver College is an integrated program in which students pursue their bachelor's degree and their teaching credential simultaneously, so that they can complete their degree and credential in four years.

The Teacher Preparation Program provides the coursework and clinical experiences necessary to qualify teacher candidates for a SB2042 Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or a Single Subject Teaching Credential. Accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the program is highly regarded throughout California.


In elementary or middle school, a multiple subject teacher usually teaches a variety of subjects, including literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, physical education, and health. The liberal studies for education major is recommended for multiple subject candidates.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Pepperdine's Teacher Preparation Program will:

  1. Engage and support all students in learning
  2. Create and maintain effective environments for student learning
  3. Understand and organize subject matter for student learning
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students
  5. Assess student learning
  6. Develop as faith-informed, service-oriented professional educators

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Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Elementary)

Individuals who want to teach elementary school in California typically earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Students interested in a multiple subject teaching credential usually select the Liberal Studies for Education major which offers a comprehensive curriculum to prepare them to teach in an elementary school classroom. All multiple subject credential candidates will be required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination.

Single Subject Teaching Credential (Secondary)

Individuals who want to teach middle or high school in California typically earn a Single Subject Teaching Credential. Students interested in pursuing a single subject teaching credential usually major in the content area they wish to teach. Most credential candidates are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in their content area.

Students interested in teaching Math should select the Math education major. These students are required to take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Mathematics.

Students interested in teaching English should select the English major with an education emphasis. These students are exempt from taking the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in English because the English education major is an approved subject-matter preparation program.

Students interested in earning a single subject credential can also major in one of the following content areas:

  • Fine Arts (Art and Music)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
  • Social Science (Civics, Economics, Geography, History)
  • World Languages (Chinese, French, German, Spanish)

Educational Technology

Educational technology is embedded in foundations courses, methods courses, and seminars. Students complete a one-week educational technology workshop prior to beginning Clinical Experience 3.

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Humanities & Teacher Education Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: CAC 300


Stella Erbes
Divisional Dean & Professor of Education

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