• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) in all work

Prerequisites Courses

  • 2 ASL and Deaf Culture
  • Principles of Teaching Reading


The following tests are required for those seeking a California credential (for both Distance Learning and Onsite Programs).

  • TOEFL (required for prospective candidates for whom English is a second language)
  • CBEST California Basic Educational Skills Test (passing score)
  • CSET California Subject Exam for Teachers: Multiple Subjects I, II, III (passing score on at least one)

Are there other requirements?

Onsite Education Option Requirements:

  • Candidates must be committed to a listening and spoken language approach
  • Application form, submitted with official copies of transcripts of all college coursework, and all test scores
  • Personal interview and written essay demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication abilities, personal attributes, teacher dispositions and leadership potential
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Candidates must also have applied for a Certificate of Clearance through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Technology Requirements

All candidates must possess a newer computer (less than 2 years old) with the appropriate hardware and software, including a built-in microphone and camera, in order to fully participate in the online classes. The following is required:

  • Laptop Computer with wireless capability (no more than 2 yrs old):
    • Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.7.5 or higher
      2 Ghz or higher CPU
      4 GB or more of RAM
      Wireless Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • External Backup hard drive (1TB or larger)
  • Thumb Drive (16 GB or higher)
    • Software:
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free download at
      • Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
      • Windows Media Player (Free download at
      • Macromedia Flash Player (Free download at
      • Skype (Free download at
      • iTunes and Quicktime Media Player (Free download at
  • Digital video camera with USB port or iPad
  • Digital camera AC adapter/wall recharger
  • Digital camera tripod/stand

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