Program Overview

Educators who are working towards clearing their California SB2042 preliminary teaching credential may find the Master of Arts degree in Teaching in Clear Credential beneficial. Biola University offers this degree in an online format to allow working teachers the opportunity to earn a degree while maintaining their personal and professional responsibilities.

This program may be completed in approximately 18 months and requires fulfillment of 30-credit hours of coursework. The degree has three main course components: core coursework, clear credential coursework, and a capstone experience. Courses may include: Philosophy and Values in School and Society, Behavior and Classroom Management, and Seminars in Education.

Individuals who are accepted into the single or multiple subject clear credential programs will need to take a 3-unit course during each of the four semesters. This course may count towards 12-credits of the required master’s degree credit hours. Once students have taken the course each semester, the course may be taken a fifth time for no credit. In special circumstances, individuals may be able to finish this program in less than four semesters.

Biola University is transitioning between two learning management systems; they are currently using BlackBoard and will be moving to use the Canvas system. Canvas and BlackBoard, are both Internet browsers that are used in many programs and should provide students with course materials, discussion boards, grades and e-mail to communicate with classmates and instructors. Individuals should have access to this website 24/7 and be able to submit assignments and receive feedback.

Students should be aware of the transition between learning management systems and stay updated on what the university is currently using. Biola encourages individuals to possess basic computer skills and have reliable access to a personal computer for this program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    Lyman Stewart, co-founder and president of Union Oil Company, partnered with T.C. Horton to open the Bible Institute in 1908 in Los Angeles. Initially, the institution focused on studies in theology and Christian studies. As the school progressed forward, the renamed Biola College acquired programs in medicine, business, and continuing studies, in addition to gaining accreditation. By the 1980s, Biola changed its status to university. Although Biola has continued to grow, the University retains its founding Christian principles. Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Biola University awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees on its Southern California campus.

    Biola University offers over 145 academic programs awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Seven school include:

    • Talbot School of Theology
    • Rosemead School of Psychology
    • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
    • Crowell School of Business
    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Education
    • School of Science, Technology and Health

    For added flexibility, students can choose to complete online programs and courses at Biola University. These programs meet the equivalent standards and rigors as on-campus counterparts. Students can participate in courses delivered completely online or engage in hybrid learning, with both on-campus and online coursework.


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