Programs

The professional programs and degrees offered by the School of Education are based on a solid foundation of liberal arts and sciences and emphasize experiences that are both practical and theoretical. Field experience, structured as a collaboration between the student/candidate, university faculty, classroom teachers, principals, peers and students is a key component of all our programs, providing practical experience in preparation for a wide range of professions. All programs are accredited and meet or exceed rigorous state and national standards.

To select a program that best fits your career goals click on the program listings below to explore your options.

BA - Early Childhood Studies

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This Major prepares students to work effectively with children in early childhood (birth to age 8). The program will also focus on preparing professionals to be leaders and advocates on behalf of all children and families.

Minor in Early Childhood Studies

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This Minor prepares students to work effectively with children in early childhood (birth to age 8). The program will also focus on preparing professionals to be leaders and advocates on behalf of all children and families.

MA - Education

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Sonoma State University’s School of Education offers four areas of concentration within the Master of Arts in Education degree. Each of these programs reflects the philosophy, purpose, and goals of the School of Education Social Justice Framework developed by the School of Education faculty.

 Multiple Subject Credential

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A Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom at the pre-school through twelfth grade level. A self-contained classroom is one in which a variety of subjects are taught to the same group of students by the same teacher. Elementary teachers are almost always Multiple Subject teachers. 

Single Subject Credential

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The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a departmentalized classroom. A departmentalized classroom is one in which the teacher specializes in his/her subject area and teaches that single subject only. Single subjects are taught primarily at the secondary level, but some subjects (i.e., art, music, and physical education) may be taught by a single subject teacher at the elementary level.

 

Special Education Credential

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The Education Specialist Credential Program offers Preliminary Education Specialist programs (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe) as well as an Intern program. The Preliminary Education Specialist Program (ES) prepares special educators who provide effective education, respect, and individualization for individuals with special needs, and who are committed to ongoing professional growth and reflection in their careers. 

 

Administrative Services

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The Administrative Services Credential (ASC) program was designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in P-12 educational settings.  The ASC Programs include; Preliminary Administrative Credential Program, Intern Credential Program and Professional Administrative Services Credential Program.