About our Programs in Education


The Education Department offers a social justice-oriented credential and Master's program that prepares educators to meet the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of students in today’s public schools by providing an intellectually rich, student-centered, and culturally responsive educational experience.

Our program options will assist students in applying theory and research to current challenges in the field of education.

Credential Program

Whittier College's Graduate Programs in Education are authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to offer Preliminary Multiple Subject (elementary), Single Subject (secondary), and Education Specialist Teaching Credentials.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

In addition to our credentialing programs, we offer a 30-unit Master of Arts in Teaching, which includes three options.

Credential plus Master of Arts in Teaching Option

Most of the coursework needed to satisfy credential program requirements also counts as credits towards an M.A. degree. Graduate students can enroll in the final two culminating research classes, EDUC 605 Introduction into Educational Inquiry and EDUC 606 Education Inquiry Practicum to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Whittier College.

Bilingual Authorization (BILA) Certification

Teacher Education Added Authorization, concurrent with credential or post-preliminary credential.

  • Emphasis on theory to practice, and on various models of bilingual education, including dual language (Spanish immersion);
  • Three courses, which can be completed in one year, including fieldwork in a bilingual classroom (please note: a fourth course may be required if language proficiency level is not at Intermediate High proficiency);
  • Concurrent and post-credential pathways available; and
  • Districts are seeking bilingual teachers, and top districts seek our graduates.

Induction program plus Master of Arts in Teaching Option

This option is designed for teachers who have recently completed a Whittier-approved district induction program. Teachers who participated in this program may receive credit for the work they have completed (up to 12 credits for two years) in an induction program at a significantly reduced cost per credit.

Master of Arts in Teaching Option

This option is designed for teachers who currently hold a valid teaching credential. Students under this category plan a 30-credit program that meets their individual needs. 

Learn more about Whittier's Graduate Programs in Teaching.