This program is NCLB compliant and authorizes you to teach English curriculum designed for grades 9 and below.
This authorization can be added to any of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials: Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary, Standard Secondary or Special Secondary
Teachers holding a valid Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary or Standard Secondary Teaching Credential who are interested in teaching English.
What You'll Learn
- Stages of the writing process; advanced composition and writing strategies
- Fundamentals for character development in fiction writing
- Linguistics methods and an overview of the English-language structure
- Approaches to connecting literature with writing
- How to incorporate theater and drama into your educational program
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.
“I finished two Education programs at UCR Extension. They helped me to be hired in a career I love--teaching English to Middle School students! Thank you, UCR Extension!”
Middle School Teacher
Pomona Unified School District
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
- One of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials:
- Multiple Subject
- Single Subject
- Standard Elementary
- Standard Secondary
- Special Secondary
- Please note that there is no application required to begin taking courses toward the Authorization, however, we recommend that you apply by the third course if you would like UCR to assist with the filing of CTC paperwork at the completion of the required courses. You can apply, free of charge, below.
- Successful completion of 48 units with a grade of C or better. This must include a minimum of four units in each of the following five areas:
- Grammar or Language Structure
- Advanced Composition
- Drama or Theater
- Additional courses to equal a minimum of 48 quarter units.
Upon program completion:
- The candidate may request the assistance of UCR Extension to file the appropriate paperwork with the CTC or the candidate may apply on their own to the CTC.
- If the candidate would like UCR to assist, please notify the Credentials Office via email. Please include your full name, program and mailing address in the email. At this time, the CTC does not accept online applications. Please note, a university $50 "credential filing fee" will apply as well as a $100 check or money order made out to the CTC.
- Upon verification that all requirements have been met, the Credentials Office will mail the required paperwork to your home address in 10 business days. Please complete the application and mail back to the Credentials Office with ONLY the CTC payment.
- The candidate will need to pay the UCR Extension$50 "Credential Filing Fee-Education" to Student Services by calling (951) 827-4105. Please pay this fee on the same day the application is mailed to the Credentials Office. DO NOT MAIL PAYMENT.
- Upon receipt, the Credentials Office will process the paperwork within 24 hours. A letter is then mailed to the candidate as verification of completion.
- CTC can take up to six months (50 business days) to process paper applications. Please review CTC's website to verify issuance. The candidate will not receive a document in the mail as the CTC has gone completely paperless.
The final decision regarding an applicant's academic eligibility for an Authorization will be determined by CTC staff when the documentation is submitted and the application is evaluated.
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Principles of sentence structure and functions of English verb system will be addressed. Topics will include grammar with a focus on parts of speech and composition.
Advanced writing that integrates literature and vocabulary usage. Topics include stages of the writing process, prewriting, revising, editing, combining and expanding sentences, paragraph and multi-paragraph writing, the domains of writing, and a continuum of writing skills.
Readings and discussion of classic works in American Literature including novels, short stories and poems. Authors to be studied include Franklin, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickenson, Irving, Hawthorne, Twain, James, London, Poe and O. Henry.
Techniques of the oral performance of literature with emphasis on content analysis.
“I love teaching teachers, and I craft assignments that respond to needs in their classrooms. Teachers' time is so precious that I want them to walk away with classroom-ready tools. I also like them to have fun and I encourage them to express their own creativity.”
Playwrite, Theater Practitioner & Professional Writer
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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