BA/MA Education/Teaching Credential

The Accelerated Degree Program: BA/MA Teacher Education and Teacher Credential Program allows undergraduates to complete their disciplinary major, a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis on teaching, and a teaching credential from the state of California in five years. The Teacher Preparation Program emphasizes teaching practice and racial and gender justice for educational equity and access. The program is designed around praxis as the core endeavor of teaching and teacher education, embracing critical reflection and practice to disrupt dominant ideologies and inequities. We utilize a cognitive apprenticeship model that combines coaching and inquiry and that situates teacher learning in the school classroom. The program relies on lesson study cohorts that are interdisciplinary and cross-grade level for close analysis of teaching practice. We believe that multiple subject teachers attend to the positive development of the whole child by successfully integrating the aims of authority with caring, and the aims of academic rigor with playfulness and mindful joy.

The teaching credential course and field work integrate theory and practice to prepare students to teach in culturally sustaining, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and universally-designed ways. Relying on in person instruction as well as distance learning modes, we have designed courses, modules, and workshops that introduce students to conceptual understandings, guide them through professional tasks and requirements, and provide them with practical skills. Students join a lesson study cohort in early summer, completing an integrated praxis program made up of conceptual and practical understandings to prepare them for intensive field work experiences during the academic year. The praxis-based sequence of experiences and work continues through the fall semester, Jan-term, and spring semester, concluding with an early summer capstone project. Depending on particular time constraints and circumstances, students may spread out this work over two academic years. All students rely on a lesson study coach for guidance and feedback throughout their stay in the program.

All requirements for the BA are completed during the first four years of the program and during this time students also take courses that serve as part of their preparation for earning a teaching credential and master’s degree. Credential course work, student teaching and master’s course work are completed during the fifth year. The requirements of the senior and fifth years do not allow for a study abroad program during those years. Students can apply to be admitted into the credential/MA program during their junior or senior year at Mills.

Single Subject Credential: Art, English, and Social Studies

26-32 semester course credits

This credential authorizes recipients to teach English, social studies, and art in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Recommended sequence of course work:
Sophomore
EDUC 101Social Foundations of Education (Fall) 13
Junior
EDUC 120Urban Education (Fall/Spring) 13
EDUC 125Inquiry and Action in Urban Contexts (Spring only) 13-4
Senior
Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these three classes will count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.
Fifth Year
EDUC 301A
EDUC 301B
& EDUC 301C
Human and Community Development
and Human and Community Development
and
6
EDUC 336A
& EDUC 336B

and
0
EDUC 349Perspectives on Disability, Inclusion, and Assessment2
EDUC 352A
& EDUC 352B

and
0
EDUC 385A
EDUC 385B
& EDUC 385C
& EDUC 385D
Student Teaching in the Secondary School I
and Student Teaching in the Secondary School II
and
and
4
EDUC 389
389B
Development of Multiliteracies in the Secondary Schools
and Field Experience
3
EDUC 393Topics in Chemistry2
EDUC 201A
EDUC 210B

and Research and Inquiry Methods in Education: MEET 3
3

Single Subject Credential: Math and Science

26-32 semester course credits

This credential authorizes recipients to teach mathematics, life sciences, or physical sciences in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore
EDUC 101Social Foundations of Education3
Junior
EDUC 120Urban Education3-4
EDUC 125Inquiry and Action in Urban Contexts3-4
Senior
Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these three classes will count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.
Fifth Year
EDUC 301A
EDUC 301B
& EDUC 301C
Human and Community Development
and Human and Community Development
and
3
EDUC 336A
& EDUC 336B

and
0
EDUC 349Perspectives on Disability, Inclusion, and Assessment2
EDUC 352A
& EDUC 352B

and
0
EDUC 385A
EDUC 385B
& EDUC 385C
& EDUC 385D
Student Teaching in the Secondary School I
and Student Teaching in the Secondary School II
and
and
4
EDUC 389A
EDUC 389B
Field Experience
and Field Experience
4
EDUC 394Topics in Mathematics2
EDUC 210A
EDUC 210B
Research and Inquiry Methods in Education: MEET
and Research and Inquiry Methods in Education: MEET 1
6

Elementary Multiple Subjects Credential

25-31 semester course credits

Although this credential authorizes recipients to teach in any self-contained K–12 classroom, it is recommended specifically for those interested in teaching grades K–6. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore
EDUC 101Social Foundations of Education 13
Junior
EDUC 120Urban Education 13-4
EDUC 125Inquiry and Action in Urban Contexts 13-4
Senior
Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above three classes not completed). Note that these three classes will count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.
Fifth Year
EDUC 300A
EDUC 300B
EDUC 300C
Sociopolitical Foundation
and Sociopolitical Foundations
and Sociopolitical Foundations
6
EDUC 336B 2
EDUC 349Perspectives on Disability, Inclusion, and Assessment2
EDUC 352A
& EDUC 352B

and
0
EDUC 373A
EDUC 373B
& EDUC 373C
& EDUC 373D
Pedagogical Content Knowledge Lab: Multiple and Single Subjects
and Student Teaching in the Elementary School
and
and
4-14
EDUC 379A
EDUC 379B
EDUC 379C
Multiliteracies: Reading and Writing the World in the Elementary Classroom
and Multiliteracies: Reading and Writing the World in the Elementary Classroom
and Multiliteracies: Reading and Writing the World in the Elementary Classroom
6
EDUC 201A
EDUC 210B

and Research and Inquiry Methods in Education: MEET 3
3