What will I learn?

The University of La Verne’s Educational Studies major provides students with subject matter preparation for individuals seeking a career in Elementary Education (Grades K-6).

La Verne’s program is unique in that the curriculum includes the practical application for teaching subject-matter content areas in elementary and middle school classrooms. Educational Studies graduates are well-versed in educational philosophies and practices, making for an easy transition to a teaching credential program.

Graduates from the Educational Studies Program with a 3.0 GPA in the major and a 2.75 overall GPA will meet the entrance requirements of La Verne’s Teaching Credentialing Program.

To provide maximum convenience and flexibility, the program is offered online and is available at several locations throughout California, including La Verne, Bakersfield, Burbank, College of the Canyons, Crafton Hills Community College, Irvine, Ontario, Oxnard, and Victorville.

For more than 75 years, LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne has been developing outstanding education professionals. Here, students and faculty are partners in the learning process, pursuing the shared goal of developing the highest quality teachers for our communities. Academic quality, student service, field experience and CSET preparation are all unique components of the Educational Studies Program at La Verne.

Steps to Becoming an Elementary School Teacher

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete Teaching Credential Program prerequisites as an undergraduate: public speaking, American Government and Health Education.
  • Pass CBEST or pass CSET: Multiple Subjects AND CSET: Writing Skills tests.
  • Pass CSET: Multiple Subjects.
  • Complete a state-approved Teaching Credential Program, including Student Teaching.
  • Pass RICA after completing the reading methodology courses in the Teaching Credential Program.

Which department am I in?

LaFetra College of Education

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$44,700.00 per year
USD $22,350 per semester
Application deadline

Expected February, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, March 2022

Venue

University of La Verne

1950 Third Street,

LA VERNE,

California,

91750, United States

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $645 per semester hour
Application deadline

Expected February, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, March 2022

Venue

Irvine Campus

2855 Michelle Drive,

Suite 250,

IRVINE,

California,

92606, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school.

For international students

Students must have official high school transcripts.

TOEFL - 80 iBT or higher, 550 pBT or higher; IELTS - 6.5 overall band score or higher; SAT - 460 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the SAT; ACT - 19 or higher on the English section of the ACT; ELS - Satisfactory completion of ELS 112; Duolingo English Test 105 or higher; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Advanced score of 176 or higher; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Score of 53 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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