Credential Programs Admissions

Who are our successful candidates for admission?  In general, they are diligent students who achieve high levels of academic success in college, and who are:

  • Committed to the Christian walk; while they are prepared to live in the world, they are not of the world - they are committed to a biblical worldview, displaying their faith in their lifestyle.
  • Passionate about student success; while they love their content area(s), they love their students more, and are committed to using best practices to teach all students appointed to their care.
  • Reflective, relational, and self-aware; while they are already academically and socially successful, they recognize that they are still growing, and are committed to life-long professional development as teachers.
  • Humble leaders; while they are confident and capable in the classroom, they are committed to seeking out, accepting graciously, and applying constructive feedback.
  • Called to teach; while they could take their skills and talents to any field, they have a deep and abiding sense that teaching is their life’s work and are committed to teaching as their ministry.

The following is required for a student to be considered for admission to the TMU Teaching Credential Program:

        1. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university. Minimum 3.00 GPA. Students with a lower GPA may petition               for admission consideration.

        2. Prerequisite coursework (or its equivalent as determined by department):

  • POL220 U.S. Government or other U.S. Constitution course/exam (C- or better)
  • ED400 Foundations of Education (B- or better) – waived if student has completed ED101, ED202, AND ED301 (B- or better in each)
  • P321 History and Philosophies of Education (B- or better)
  • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory OR ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching (Single Subject only, B- or better)
  • E322 Children’s Literature (Multiple Subject only, C- or better)

       3. Fulfillment of basic skills requirement (passing CBEST exam or other approved verification)

       4. Fulfillment of subject matter competency (passing CSET exam or other approved verification)

       5. Evidence of clear Christian testimony and agreement with TMU doctrinal statement

       6. Evidence of excellent interpersonal and social skills, including dispositions for teaching

       7. Clear fingerprinting/background check and tuberculosis screening

       8. Teaching or other leadership experience working with K-12 students

       9. Satisfactory admissions panel interview




All students must apply for admission to the Teaching Credential Program even if they are a continuing student at TMU. Applications are only submitted through a TaskStream account. There is a $35 application fee in addition to the fee for a TaskStream subscription.


The application deadline for the 2018-19 program is Friday, February 16, 2018.


A completed application must consist of ALL the following:


  1. Completed application form on TaskStream
  2. Three essays (see TaskStream for details)
  3. Three satisfactory references: one academic, one from a teaching supervisor, and one from a pastor or student life leader (see TaskStream for instructions on how to obtain/submit references)
  4. Official transcript showing:
    • Posted bachelor’s degree (degree may be in progress at time of application, but must be posted before July 1, 2018)
  5. Completed prerequisite courses (courses may be in progress, but must be completed before July 1, 2018)
  6. Verification of fulfillment of basic skills requirement (usually fulfilled by a passing score on the CBEST - California Basic Educational Skills Test)
  7. Verification of subject matter competency (usually fulfilled by passing scores on all subtests of the appropriate CSET - California Subject Examination for Teachers)
  8. Commission on Teacher Credentialing Certificate of Clearance (includes fingerprinting/background check)
  9. Negative tuberculosis test report


A complete application must be submitted by February 16, 2018 in order for candidates to be eligible for an interview with a Teaching Credential Program Admissions Panel.


Candidates may be admitted to the Teaching Credential Program on probation or with provisions.



Acceptance of transfer coursework for the credential programs is determined on a case-by-case basis.  Coursework taken more than five years prior to admission may not be accepted.  The candidate may also need to retake courses if methods have changed significantly, or if there has been a lapse of time out of the profession.  This determination is made at the sole discretion of the TMU credential program.  Candidates should provide official transcripts and course descriptions for transfer credit evaluation as part of the admissions process.



Credential program candidates may be eligible for state and federal financial aid programs.  Contact the TMU Financial Aid Office for information.

In addition, TMU has two scholarships designated for the Credential Programs.  The Gertrude Corcoran Endowment and the Shamrock Foundation Grant are program-specific scholarships established to help qualified candidates complete a credential program at The Master’s University. Candidates who have demonstrated Christian character, a serious commitment to teaching, and careful financial stewardship are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applications and information are available from the Credential Analyst, and scholarship applications are due with the admissions application.



Tuition for credential program: $13,800 ($7,360/fall semester and $6440/spring semester).



See the TMU Catalog for course fees.

Exam fees:  approximately $200 per exam – see the CTC Exams website for more information.

Other fees:

Application Fee: $35

TaskStream subscription:  $79.99 for two years

Fingerprinting/Certificate of Clearance fee:  approximately $200

TB Test Fee:  varies – consult your health care professional for details

Books:  vary by class, approximately $650 total for the Multiple Subject program or $450 total for Single Subject