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Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Admission Requirements for the Master's Concentration in Teaching + Credential

General Information | Curriculum | Tuition, Fees, and Scholarship    

Specific Requirements
Admission is a holistic decision that takes into consideration all the factors of each applicant's background and experience. Specific requirements include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the last 60 units of college or post-baccalaureate work.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of the University of the Pacific and the Benerd School of Education.

How To Apply
Complete the online application, which includes:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A personal statement of approximately 2 pages describing the following: 
    • Your professional experiences and areas of expertise
    • Professional abilities, knowledge, and skills you would bring to our program
    • Description of why you are pursuing this particular program
    • Ways in which this master's program will advance your prospects for personal and professional growth
  • A current resume that includes experience (work, community, volunteer), honors, awards, publications, training, etc. relevant to your program of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Passing program-specific testing, required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Departmental interview - if requested by Admissions Committee

Please submit all application documents through the online application portal. 

Admissions Deadlines
Admission Term: Summer 2  

Priority/Preferred Application Deadline: March 1
Deadline: May 1 - rolling admission if space remains

Please note: We continue to accept applications on a space-available basis.  Please contact our office for more information.

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Curriculum Questions about Elementary Education? Contact Dr. Gregory Potter, or 209.946.2672
Curriculum Questions about Secondary Education? Contact Dr. Kellie Cain, or 209.946.2687
Admissions Process Questions? Contact Morgan Lagomarsino,, 209.946.2677

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