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School of Education

Academic Programs

Our academic programs are offered through the following departments. 

 


Department of Administration and Leadership



Degree Programs


Master of Arts in Administration and Leadership, (M.A.) will focus on the development of effective leadership. Your courses will focus on Historical and contemporary theories and research, Important legal issues that face school teachers, Financing schools, and other fascinating topics. Read more.

This program is focused on the pursuit of excellence through support and enhancement of educational leaders. This excellence is fostered through the discovery of meaning and purpose in the development of administrative and leadership skills. Read more.

This degree is designed for astute students with appropriate professional experience beyond those studying at the master's level. The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities. Those completing the program may hold or may be interested in positions of administrative responsibility at the school or district level, in institution of higher learning, or non-school settings. Read more.


Credential Programs


The credential programs in Department of Administration & Leadership of the School of Education at La Sierra University focus on the development of competent and ethical leadership. The program of study will offer candidates the opportunity to prepare for administrative credentials through the state of California and/or through the Credentials Office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Read more.

This credential program is designed for California K-12 school administrators who hold a Preliminary Administrative Services (Tier 1) Credential in California. The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities. Read more.

There are three administrative credential programs that have been designed for staff serving in leadership roles in the education system of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These are known as endorsement programs and involve a range of requirements. The programs are: Principal Endorsement, Supervisor of Instruction Endorsement, and Superintendant of Schools Endorsement. Read more.



Department of School Psychology and Counseling



Degree Programs


This is an elective program, which may stand alone as a M.A. in Counseling degree (with an option to work towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) or be used to work towards an Ed.S. in School Psychology and fulfill the first year of this two year program (with an option to work towards becoming a School Psychologist with a PPS Credential in School Psychology). If wanting to work towards a PPS in School Counseling at the master’s level, the University has a collaboration with the University of California at Riverside (i.e., the extension program) to assist in this process. This report discusses just the M.A. in Counseling as a stand-alone degree. Read more.

This is a M.A. in Counseling degree with an option to work towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Read more.

This is an elective program, which will assist a person in working towards becoming a researcher and/or teacher at higher educational and research institutions. Read more.

This is an elective program, which will assist a person in working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) through the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. Read more.

This is an elective program, which will give a person on option on becoming a credentialed school psychologist through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Read more.

This is an elective program, which will give a person on option on becoming a credentialed school psychologist through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTS) as well as a credentialed behavioral analyst through the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Read more.

This degree is a non-credential elective program which provides advanced preparation for educational generalists, teachers in all disciplines, administrators, college instructors who are desiring a professional educational background, and especially to practitioners aspiring toward clinical and/or research applications. Read more.

This degree provides all the elements specified by the state of California for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential with an authorization in school psychology. Read more.


Credential Programs


This program provides the courses required by the state of California for the PPS Credential with an authorization in school psychology. Read more.



Department of Curriculum and Instruction



Degree Programs


Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (B.A.)
This program is through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (B.A.) With Teacher Education
This program is through College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is similar to the fifth year program and can be taken in place of the fifth year. The M.A.T. is for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the State of California Professional Clear Credential along with a master’s degree. Those who have earned a credential as an undergraduate are not able to take the M.A.T. but may take a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), which is an academic degree not tied to a credential. Read more.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is similar to the fifth year program and can be taken in place of the fifth year. The M.A.T. is for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the State of California Professional Clear Credential along with a master’s degree. Those who have earned a credential as an undergraduate are not able to take the M.A.T. but may take a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), which is an academic degree not tied to a credential. Read more.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for educators who would like a graduate degree in education and are primarily interested in teaching. The program has been designed to cover a core of professional and academic courses and then allow the student to build expertise in a particular area of interest. The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 45 units post-baccalaureate coursework and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Read more.







Credentials and Endorsements



La Sierra University's state-approved multiple subjects teacher education program prepares candidates to teach in elementary schools with a preliminary teaching credential from the State of California. The preliminary credential is valid for 5 years, during which time the individual should work toward completing the professional clear credential, which can be earned at La Sierra. Read more.

La Sierra University's state-approved single subject teacher education program prepares candidates to teach in middle and high schools with a preliminary teaching credential from the State of California. The preliminary credential is valid for 5 years, during which time the individual should work toward completing the professional clear credential. Read more.


For more information please contact Sylvia Gallegos, the Credential Analyst, at (951) 785-2224.


Accreditation

The School of Education holds accreditation with the following organizations:

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)

 

 

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School of Education

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515

 

951.785.2266

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Friday

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School of Education will be closed on Fridays during Summer Quarter

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