Credentials & Authorizations
Your Pathway to Employment
Credentials are required for positions in every teaching environment. Beyond your degree, credentials provide training for specific situations – teaching certain subjects, teaching a certain age group of students or teaching students with disabilities. In some cases, credentials are offered as part of a degree program or they can be pursued separately. Beyond credentials, your home state may require additional courses, called authorization programs.
By taking the courses required for certain credentials and authorizations, you obtain a specialization in the area where you plan to work. Even established instructors seek out additional credentials and authorizations to broaden their expertise and increase their future opportunities.
- Most of the credential courses are offered at one or more of our campuses throughout the state to students who are California residents.
- All of the authorization courses are offered online but pertain to requirements for those working or planning to work in California.
- Courses taken outside of a degree program for a credential or authorization program are not eligible for financial aid.
Brandman has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
There are definite financial advantages to getting a master’s degree. You have the ability to max out on the pay scale. Initially, this was a motivator for me, but once I got into my master’s program and saw how I could apply what I was learning in my classroom, it wasn’t about the money so much anymore.
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