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Benerd College

Phone: 209-946-2683
Location: Benerd College

Patricia Campbell PH.D., Dean

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Science

Majors Offered

Organizational Leadership
Special Education (ACE Residency Program)

Minors Offered

Teaching Professions

A Diversified Major leads to a preliminary credential for elementary teaching in California. A Pedagogy Major is designed for undergraduate students from other countries who wish to teach in their home countries.


Multiple Subject Credentials
Single Subject Credentials
Special Education/Education Specialist Credentials
Single Subject Credentials are offered in conjunction with other University academic units

For more information on graduate programs see Graduate Catalog.

This is a professional school of University of the Pacific that offers programs for Bachelor of Arts, Master’s, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.


The mission of Benerd College is to prepare thoughtful, reflective, creative, caring and collaborative professionals for service to diverse populations through personalized and transformational learning experiences.

Core Values of Benerd College

  • Personalized and Transformational Learning: We provide personalized, transformational experiences for students from all backgrounds and experiences who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

  • Strength-based Community Focus: We build upon the strengths of our region by working within our diverse communities to be a true partner in helping Northern California realize its full potential.

  • Innovation and Learning: In everything we do, we explicitly focus on fostering hubs of innovation and learning throughout Northern California, which will serve as living models for how educators can partner with their communities to influence real change.

The History of Benerd College

Benerd College (formerly the School of Education) was organized at University of the Pacific in 1923 and officially recognized by the California State Department of Education on January 10, 1924. Its goals are to prepare competent personnel for service in public and private pre-elementary, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools; to provide programs for the in service growth of experienced school personnel, so that they may update and upgrade their understanding, knowledge, and skills in a rapidly changing educational enterprise; to provide educational leadership in cooperation with all those agencies engaged in and interested in schools; and to engage in and promote research leading to better public education.


The University of the Pacific was the first university in California whose professional education programs were fully approved by both the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) from bachelor’s through doctoral levels, thus permitting its professional education program graduates to be licensed upon request in 38 other states. Although teacher education is considered to be an all-University responsibility, all professional education degree and credential programs at University of the Pacific are offered and coordinated through Benerd College. Continuing accreditation by the CCTC has been conferred through the year 2020 on all eligible programs in Benerd College.

Benerd College Offerings

At the undergraduate level, programs are offered to prepare classroom teachers, special educators, and degree completion program. At the graduate level, programs are offered to prepare instructional specialists, school psychologists, supervisors, principals, superintendents, central office personnel, and leaders in higher education, non-profit, and other organizations. Undergraduate and graduate programs through the doctorate are offered by the College.  Detailed requirements for a Master of Arts in Education (MA), Educational Specialist (EdS), and Doctor of Education (EdD) can be found in the Graduate School Catalog. The College offers extension and enrichment courses for current Pacific students and members of the community, and courses for UOP International students introducing them to the culture and history of the region. In addition, Benerd College serves as a major regional center for continuing education units, professional development, customized workforce training and lifelong learning.  From single courses, to full certificate programs, with formats including in seat, hybrid and online/distance learning, our programs and services are designed to meet the non-traditional academic, professional and personal development needs of San Joaquin county and surrounding areas.

Student Organizations

Student organizations in Benerd College include the School of Education Student Association (SESA); a student chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; a student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); the Math, Science, and Critical Thinking Club; the Music Education Student Association (MESA); and the Pacific School Psychology Association (PSPA).

Membership in these student organizations is open to all undergraduate students who are enrolled in Benerd College and all graduate students who are working toward a credential or an advanced degree offered through Benerd College and who have paid the ASUOP student body fees.

Facilities and Support Services

Benerd College has a state-of-the-art flexible learning classroom, and the University Library contains other comprehensive resources for students in education in its collections of books, professional periodicals, pamphlets, microfilms, and other reference materials.

The Speech, Hearing and Language Center in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides a program for children and adults who need individual or group therapy for such challenges as stuttering, cleft palate, aphasia, cerebral palsy, articulation, and delayed speech, and it provides speech reading for the hard of hearing. Comprehensive audiological assessment is also available for children and adults.

Earning a Credential to Teach

Benerd College provides programs whereby any student in any unit of the Stockton campus can prepare for a teaching career. Benerd is committed to a philosophy of combining professional theory with practical fieldwork and utilizes the unique diversity of Stockton area schools as laboratories for teacher preparation. Benerd College insists that students meet qualitative criteria. They must be strong academically, respect and relate well to children and other students, be of fine character, and be recommended by persons who know of their capabilities. In particular, they must demonstrate that they are fully committed to achieving excellence in teaching.

So that students can assess themselves, their relationships with children, and their willingness to commit to excellence in teacher preparation, any freshman or higher level student may enroll in the sequence of prerequisite courses prior to the professional course sequence and directed teaching.

Services for Out-of-State Teachers

Teachers who have been prepared in other states may apply directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814-4213. Such teachers may enter Pacific for the purposes of earning a credential or satisfying selected requirements. A credential file should be opened, with the credential analyst being given copies of credential documents. Admission to Pacific’s Graduate School is also necessary. Benerd College recommends the appropriate credential when California requirements are met if the necessary study is completed at this institution. A fee of $30 is required to open a credential file.

Services for Prospective Transfer Students

Students who contemplate transferring to qualify for a teaching credential may write to Benerd College or phone (209) 946-2558 or 946-2685 to confer about course selection. They may also contact the University’s Office of Admissions for transfer admission requirements, (209) 946-2211. Graduating University seniors contact the Graduate School for information and application and confer with Benerd College. If the GPA for junior/senior years is above 3.0, they can inquire about the Master of Education degree which includes credential preparation.

Programs in English as a Second Language: Pedagogy Major for International Students

Benerd College offers an undergraduate program for International students who wish to become teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language) or EFL (English as a Foreign Language). At the undergraduate level, international students may choose the Pedagogy Major with a specialization in either Language and Culture or Second Language Pedagogy. (See description under Degrees in Benerd College for specific courses required for the Pedagogy Major.)

Programs to Earn Multiple Subject Credential

The courses and experiential learning opportunities for students seeking a multiple subject credential are included as a part of the Bachelor of Arts with Liberal Studies with credential program discussed below under “Undergraduate Degrees.” As noted, students also have the option of earning a credential through post-baccalaureate programs of study (credential only or MA) These are discussed in the Graduate Catalog.

Programs to Earn Credentials to Teach Special Education

The courses and experiential learning opportunities for students who seek to become special education teachers (Educational Specialist-mild/moderate or moderate/severe Levels I/Preliminary) are discussed below under “Undergraduate Degrees.” As noted, students also have the option of earning a credential through post-baccalaureate programs of study (credential only or MA) These are discussed in the Graduate Catalog.

Programs To Earn Single Subject Credential

Undergraduate students who seek to earn a single subject credential in one of the following areas: English, Art, Social Sciences, Sciences, Mathematics, Spanish, Music, and Physical Education consult with a faculty advisor in the appropriate academic department. Undergraduates can plan to earn a single subject credential concurrent with the bachelor's degree in selected content fields. The option of earning a credential through post-baccalaureate programs of study (credential only or MA) is available as well. Students should consult with a Benerd College advisor for appropriate education courses.

The School offers a Preliminary Single Subject Credential Program that consists of the following:

I. Prerequisite courses:

EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 141Transformational Teaching and Learning Practicum *2
EDUC 130Technology Enhanced Learning Environments2

II. Professional Teacher Education Courses for the Single Subject Credential 

EDUC 155Teaching in the Content Areas I3
EDUC 156Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 160Productive Learning Environments for Diverse Classrooms2
EDUC 163Teaching English Learners3-4
or EDUC 166 Teaching English Learners, Single Subject
EDUC 165Teaching in the Content Areas II2

The Single Subject Program in Music Education and Physical Education take methods courses in their content fields.

III. Directed Teaching: Normally 10-12 units 

EDUC 170Professional Practice2-10
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar2-10

Normally, EDUC 170 and EDUC 172 total 10 to 12 units.

Completion of the following course:

SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners2

In addition to meeting degree requirements and completion the program outlines above, a student who seeks a Single Subject Preliminary Requirement must also:

  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirement or Commission of Teacher Credentialing approved alternative assessment prior to Student Teaching or Internship
  • Pass the California Subject Exam For Teachers (CSET) for the specific subject matter field (see advisor for information regarding the required exams and the timeline for completion of this exam.) Music has the option of an approved subject matter program
  • Complete the United States Constitution requirement
  • Pass all program requirements which includes maintaining a 2.5 GPA, advancing to Credential Candidacy, and meeting standards on all embedded signature assignments (implemented in the electronic portfolio on TaskStream)
  • Demonstrate his/her competence in relationship to thirteen Teaching Performance Expectations and through the completion of all requirements in edTPA, an approved Teaching Performance Assessment
  • Demonstrate his/her competence in professional practice (student teaching/ internship) as assessed by University Supervisor and their cooperating teacher(s) in their student teaching and/or internship placement(s)
  • Complete an application for the SB 2042 Single Subject Preliminary Credential at the Office of the Credential Analyst
  • Complete CPR Certification Infant, Child and Adult level

Under SB 2042 legislation, the holder of a Single Subject Preliminary Credential must complete requirements for a Clear Credential through a CTC-approved Induction Program provided by a school district or some California colleges or universities.

For more information see Benerd staff in the Hive, Room 111, Gladys L. Benerd Building. Students are required to meet with a program advisor for registration.

The credentials or licenses for teaching in California schools offered by the University include the Multiple Subject Credential, the Single Subject Credential, and the Educational Specialist Credentials, Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Preliminary- Level One.

The Single Subject Credential authorizes its holder to teach that subject at any level between kindergarten and grade 12, though it is used typically in grades 7-12. The Multiple Subject Credential authorizes its holder to teach in any classroom in which the students remain with the teacher. The Multiple Subject Credential is required for teaching grades K through 6. Some districts require a Single Subject Credential for teaching one subject field in middle school or junior high school. The Multiple Subject Credential may be used for teaching upper grades in which students remain with the teacher in a self-contained classroom and for adult education.

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and who meet admissions criteria have the option to pursue their teaching credentials through a post-baccalaureate credential, MA, or internship programs. Details regarding these options are available at Benerd. Details regarding the MA program are also available in the Graduate Catalog.

Students who seek to earn a credential must complete an approved program of study and take and pass required state examinations. Specific information about the requirements for each program is available at Benerd College.