Earn Your California Teaching Credential as a K-12 Student Teacher

Alliant’s Student Teaching program in California allows aspiring teachers to earn a K-12 California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through a cohort-model blending online coursework, mentoring, and supervised instructional experiences within a classroom.

Through the Student Teaching Option, you will gain a deeper understanding of pedagogy and best practices in education, and then you will put that knowledge to use as a student teacher under the guidance of an experienced teacher and the supportive coaching of an Alliant field supervisor.

Alliant has prepared hundreds of California teachers for effective, rewarding, and enduring careers serving the state’s diverse student populations and communities. Let us help you become the person who can have a lasting impact on the next generation.

Program Overview

Under the Student Teaching Option, students participate in an unpaid student teaching experience while simultaneously taking online courses to earn their California teacher credential. Upon completion of the program, you will be fully prepared to obtain a Preliminary California Teaching Credential and lead your own K-12 classroom.

Our Student Teaching Program is delivered over a series of terms, including:

  • 2 eight-week terms of practicum
  • 120 hours of classroom observation
  • 2 eight-week terms of students teaching in two different grade levels, under the guidance of an experienced Teacher

Through the Student Teaching Option, students will gain experience in at least two grade levels while assuming total teaching responsibility for at least two full weeks during each student teaching placement. During their placement, students receive mentorship and support through classroom observations and coaching sessions conducted by a designated Alliant field supervisor.

The Student Teaching Option is available to students in the San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and Irvine campuses.

When to Apply

With a variety of courses beginning every eight weeks, we offer on-going, rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed for admission ahead of each eight-week period.

You’re encouraged to apply as early as possible to:

  • secure your program position and prepare for the next available start date
  • make sure all testing requirements are completed in time
  • receive full consideration for all possible scholarships and financial aid opportunities

Please read the following to learn more about admission requirements for our student teaching program.

Student Teaching Requirements in California

In addition to the California School of Education’s general admission requirements, student teaching requirements mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must also be followed before beginning any student teaching placement. These requirements help promote both success in the classroom and your students’ safety.

Please note that these are not admissions requirements for entry into the Student Teaching Program – only to participate in the student teaching portion of the program. Alliant staff will help guide you through meeting these requirements, which include:

  • Completion of 9 units of teacher education coursework, at least eight units of which must have been completed at Alliant
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in teacher education coursework
  • Statement of Release for Student Teaching
  • Negative TB test completed within two years of placement date
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance
  • Affidavit for Certificate of Clearance
  • Student Teaching Placement Form
  • Recommendation by the program director
  • For Multiple Subject Teaching Credential candidates only: Verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for Multiple Subjects (all sub-tests).
  • For Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates only: Verification of passing the subject-matter-appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or obtain a Single Subject matter equivalency letter from a CTC-approved California University in their appropriate subject area.


A rewarding, life-affecting career as a teacher awaits you. Explore our California Student Teaching Program by calling 1-866-825-5426 or speaking with an Admissions Counselor today.