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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Teaching Credential Programs

The ongoing shortage of teachers in California means qualified educators are in high demand, particularly in the special education, bilingual, science, and mathematics areas.

Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a variety of teaching credential programs for those who want to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary level and/or in special education.

Earn your teaching credential and master’s degree in as little as 15 months. With just a few additional courses, a master’s degree may be earned with each of Chapman’s teaching credentials.

Find the program that’s right for you, and get started today!

Single Subject Credential

The single subject credential authorizes a teacher to teach one subject to students at the high school or middle school (secondary) levels.

Multiple Subject Credential

The multiple subject (elementary) credential authorizes a teacher to teach all the subjects in a self-contained classroom. This is the credential for those who wish to teach at the elementary (K-6) grade levels. It may also be used to teach a core curriculum at the middle school level.

Special Education Credentials

A special education teaching credential, called Education Specialist, authorizes the holder to teach in students with a range of (dis)abilities. Both of the Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials authorize service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential

This credential authorizes candidates to teach students with specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, other health impairment, and serious emotional disturbance.

Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential

This credential authorizes candidates to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities, including autism, deaf-blindness, moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and serious emotional disturbance.

Dual Education Specialist Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials

Candidates earning both Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe credentials are authorized to teach students with all types of disabilities.

Joint Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential and Multiple Subject Credential

Candidates earning both Mild/Moderate and Multiple Subject credentials are authorized to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities as well as all the subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as in a general education classroom at the elementary (K–6) grade levels.

See TEACH California for more information about special education teaching credentials and requirements in the state of California


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+ - Programs at a Glance

  • Small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships available
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Personalized instruction
  • Hands-on, community-based learning connects coursework to student teaching

+ - Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the City of Orange, California, near historic Old Towne Orange. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

Can I enroll in the credential-only program?

Yes, you may choose the credential-only or the combined credential and master's option. Students must select their program prior to applying.

When are Chapman's teacher education classes held?

All classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Fieldwork takes place in late afternoon during the summer or during a typical school day in fall and spring.

Additionally, the required full-time student teaching semester will be conducted during district contract hours, Monday through Friday.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2019–2020 academic year is $985/credit.
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Are the classes for the program offered online?

No. All of our classes are held on the campus in Orange, California.

When is the application deadline?

See the graduate admission webpage for all Attallah College application deadlines.

Do I need to submit any test scores with my application?

Yes, students applying to both the master's and credential only program must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.
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To request further information about Chapman University's Graduate Programs, please complete the form at the link below so that the Office of Graduate Admission can send you more information about life as a Panther.
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+ - Support

Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world.

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support page. Every dollar helps!

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For information on Financial Aid, Current Year Tuition, and more please visit the pages below!

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