Earn your Bachelor’s degree and teaching license in four years.  SNC offers its undergraduates a dual degree program which enables them to complete a Bachelor’s degree and teaching license in four years, and the option to continue to complete a Master’s degree in only five years.

In Focus

Sierra Nevada College offers the following specializations to qualify teachers to work with diverse learning groups:

  • Autism
  • Gifted Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Special Education

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 & Year Semester Sem. Cred. Cred. Type Total Cred. Level Notes
UG Year 1 Fall 18 UG 18 Freshman
Spring 18 UG 36 Sophomore
UG Year 2 Fall 18 UG 54 Sophomore
Spring 18 UG 72 Junior
Summer 6 Dual Deg. 78 Junior EDUC 444, EDUC 460
UG Year 3
Fall 18 UG 96 Senior
Spring 18 UG 114 Senior B.A. Degree
Year 3 Summer:
Switch to Grad
Summer 8 Dual Deg. 122 Graduate EDUC 540 EDUC 555 ELEM/SECD 501
Grad Year 1 Fall 14 Grad 136 Graduate ELEM/SECD Methods
Spring 8 Grad 144 Graduate ELEM/SECD 595
Summer 3 Grad 147 Graduate EDUC 628
Grad Year 2 Fall 3 Grad 150 Graduate EDUC 630 or 635
Spring 3 Grad 153 Graduate EDUC 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.