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EARN YOUR BACHELOR'S DEGREE AND TEACHING LICENSE IN FOUR YEARS WITH THE OPTION TO CONTINUE TO COMPLETE A MASTER’S DEGREE IN ONLY FIVE YEARS.

Undergraduate Dual Degree Program

All majors at Sierra Nevada College are appropriate for students seeking entry into the Teacher Education Dual Degree program with the goal of obtaining an Elementary Teaching license. Students seeking entry into this program with the goal of obtaining a Secondary Teaching License must select a degree program that corresponds with an appropriate high school subject area.

Majors at SNC that can lead to a teachable major in an appropriate high school subject area include English, Environmental Science, and Biology.

Program Details

In the undergraduate third year, students begin the dual program with 9 credits counting toward both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students begin taking 400-level education classes once they reach the junior level, earning a bachelor’s degree at year three, a teaching license at year four, and a master’s degree at year five. Thus, a bachelor’s degree and teaching license can be completed in four years, and students can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree taking evening classes while working as a teacher during the fifth year.

Program Outline

Student Status & YearSemesterSem. Cred.Cred. TypeTotal Cred.LevelNotes
UG Year 1Fall18UG18Freshman
Spring18UG36Sophomore
UG Year 2Fall18UG54Sophomore
Spring18UG72Junior
Summer6Dual Deg.78JuniorEDUC 444, EDUC 460
UG Year 3
Fall18UG96Senior
Spring18UG114SeniorB.A. Degree
Year 3 Summer:
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Summer8Dual Deg.122GraduateEDUC 540 EDUC 555 ELEM/SECD 501
Grad Year 1Fall14Grad136GraduateELEM/SECD Methods
Spring8Grad144GraduateELEM/SECD 595
Summer3Grad147GraduateEDUC 628
Grad Year 2Fall3Grad150GraduateEDUC 630 or 635
Spring3Grad153GraduateEDUC 630/635

A. The Traditional Undergrad Program (120 Credits) plus the Graduate Program (44 credits) is a 164 credit program.  The combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program totals 158 credits. Six credits will count towards both the undergraduate/graduate degrees.

B. The student will begin taking Education classes in their 2nd year (5th semester) at the Junior level.  The student will walk for their undergraduate degree in their 3rd year (7th semester) and will switch from an undergraduate to a graduate student in their 3rd year (8th semester).

C. The program will take 5 years total to complete and will earn the student a Bachelors degree at year 3, a teaching license at year 4, and a Master’s degree at year 5.

D. “Dual” means that the credits will count towards both undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

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