At a Glance

  • Units: 3-12
  • Cost Per Unit: $557
  • Typical Program Duration: 2-4 semesters

Clear Credential

Teaching with Excellence

The field of education requires teachers themselves to be lifelong learners. The purpose of our online Clear Credential program is to launch and support you on that journey and take your educational preparation to the next level.

The School of Education offers an online Multiple and Single Subject Clear Credential program for employed teachers who are working toward clearing their California SB2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential and are employed at WASC-accredited schools where induction programs are not available.

Our Clear Credential program provides a sequenced approach for students to extend their preparation beyond the preliminary credential, utilizing their job-embedded experiences.

Through an integration of components of Formative Assessment for California Teachers (FACT) with Biola’s program elements, the Clear Credential program offers extended preparation and professional development built upon the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), and is aligned with the state-adopted academic content standards and performance levels for students.

Clear Credential candidates work through the required documents with the assistance of a site-based mentor to determine the candidate's strengths and areas for growth. After successful demonstration of professional growth through the completion of eight "Descriptions of Practice," (DOPs) the candidate will receive Biola University’s formal recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for their Clear Credential.

The Biola Difference

In order to equip a generation of influential educators, our Clear Credential program, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the State of California, encourages growth in your use of technology in the classroom and supports you as you think through educational issues from a biblical and moral perspective. As you focus on your profession as part of God's calling in your life, you will become better equipped to serve the needs of diverse students and advance the Kingdom of God to make a difference in your students' lives.

Students admitted to our Clear Credential program will enroll in an online 3-unit course for up to four semesters:
     SEED 593: Clear Credential Candidate Professional Development (3 units)

After four semesters, the course can be taken additionally without credit. In some cases, candidates may be able to complete the Clear Credential requirements in less than four semesters.

Our Clear Credential program can be taken as a stand-alone program or can be embedded as part of a 15-unit concentration in Biola’s MA Teaching or MA Education programs.  View program sheet (PDF) for more information.


To be eligible for Biola's Clear Credential program, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple and/or Single Subject Credential.
  • Be employed as a teacher of record at a WASC-accredited, California-based school.
  • Verify that an induction program is not available through their employing school by submitting the CL-855 form.
  • Have access to English learners as well as GATE and/or special needs students.
  • Identify coach and placement information by completing our online Coach and Placement Information Form.


To view our admissions requirements, click here.
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