The Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education major, offered at Point Loma's undergraduate campus is an ideal major for aspiring teachers wanting to teach at the elementary grade levels.  


  • prepares candidates with a wide range of basic content knowledge to pass the subject matter competency examination, the CSET, required for teacher credentialing for the multiple subject credential (for elementary teachers) and for the special education credential      
  • provides for approximately 100 hours of fieldwork in local public schools
  • allows teacher candidates to complete coursework for their B.A. and preliminary teaching credential in 4.5 years rather than 5 years.
  • prepares candidates in an area of concentration (such as mathematics) leading to important supplemental authorizations for teaching in the upper elementary and middle
    school grades (grades 6-8).

Potential Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education majors are invited to view the advising guide leading to the multiple subject credential, or special student stock photoeducation credentials.  Some Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education majors earn both credentials for versatility.

The advising guide for the Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education major is designed to offer an "ideal" sequence for students entering Point Loma Nazarene University as freshmen. Since the "ideal" is not always the "real," the goal is to complete all requirements, not to follow the suggested sequence in lock step manner. To access the most recent advising guide, please refer the Student Resources Page.



All students must pass the CBEST prior to enrollment in Clinical Practice I (EDU630) and must pass CSET prior to enrollment in Clinical Practice II (EDU 634).
Students will be asked to report on the progress they are making to take and pass these two examinations during their admissions interview for the teacher credentialing program.

Aspiring Teachers with Other Majors

The School of Education on the Main Campus also offers core teacher education courses for aspiring teachers  with other undergraduate majors such as mathematics, the sciences, history/social science, english, art, music, physical education, or family/consumer science, who are interested in a teaching career after earning their B.A. degree. These majors may consider teaching at the elementary, middle school, or high school level with a multiple subject, single subject, or special education credential.

Any undergraduates, with other than Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education majors, interested in teaching as a career, are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Education at Evans Hall for on-going advising and the development of a long range teaching credential program plan by School of Education faculty starting as early as your freshman year.


Dr. Conni Campbell
Associate Dean
(619) 849-2532

Cross Disciplinary Studies