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School of Education

Great educators create great leaders. WJU’s School of Education equips graduates with culture-changing influence from the classroom to the boardroom. Find out what Jessup’s School of Education can do for you and for those whose future you’re meant to shape.

A Welcome from Dean Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.


Exhibiting the character of Christ, the School of Education develops educational leaders who reach with compassion, teach with excellence and learn for lifelong impact.


The School of Education, in partnership with and by the grace of Christ, develops educators for leadership and scholarship regionally, nationally and internationally in order to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

The William Jessup University School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as courses leading to degrees, credentials and concentrations. Below you will find a brief program description and program schedule. The schedule provides you with a sample semester, course scope and course sequence. The SOE faculty and staff are ready to partner with you in your chosen program.

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Liberal Studies & Credential

Designed to prepare students to teach in career fields in public, private and alternative school settings. In only 4 years, students can earn a BA in Liberal Studies, a recommendation for a Preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Minor in Bible and Theology. With field experience beginning in the first semester, students quickly become familiar with a classroom environment.

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8) | Download Sample Schedule

BA in Liberal Studies & Concentration

Designed to prepare students for career fields that include teaching, leading church education programs, serving and leading on a mission field, coaching, or preparing for graduate school.

The program allows students to explore the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts through the lens of education and teaching. Students help to design their course of study based on personal and professional goals. The program is designed for students not seeking a California Teaching Credential.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching with Credential (M.A.T.)

Skillfully designed for candidates seeking to complete educational research and earn a multiple subject or single subject teaching credential for use in public or private school.

Credentials Offered:
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8) or CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in:

Agriculture | Art | Business | English Language Arts | English Language Development | Health Science | Home Economics | Industrial & Technology Education | Mathematics | Music | Physical Education | Science | Social Science/History | World Languages

* MAT Program Available in Rocklin & San Jose

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Purposely designed for candidates seeking to develop leadership skills with the flexibility to conduct educational research on a self-selected topic. Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, candidates in the MAEd program have the option to pursue a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

*The WJU School of Education’s credentialing programs prepare candidates to be eligible for preliminary credentials authorized for use in the state of California (CA).  We have not yet determined the eligibility of CA preliminary credentials in other states.  If you have any questions about the reciprocity of your credential status in another state, please contact our Credential Analyst (Mary Rose Swarts-

*CTC Annual Report Card/License Examination Passage Rates (AB2086)
WJU credentialing graduates have excellent state license examination passage rates. All teacher preparation programs are required to provide a link to the most recent Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs. This report includes statewide and specific program information and examination pass rates. CCTC Annual Report Cards

Hear from current educational professionals on their experiences in education, important qualities for administrators, and why Jessup's School of Education is different.

Research & Partnerships


The School of Education places a high priority on contributing to educational conversations at regional, national and international levels. We strive to provide data-informed contributions related to the effective best practices in education, with a focus on both teaching and learning, teacher and administrator training and professional development, and district and school level intervention practices and programs.

Past Events

For more information or details on upcoming events, contact the SOE at 916-577-8060.

Advancement Courses

Expert teachers with extensive classroom experience leading you through courses designed to be meaningful, engaging, and classroom applicable.

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School of Education Alumni

Welcome to the William Jessup University School of Education Alumni Community.

The connections you make at WJU School of Education can last a lifetime. Alumni live and work around the world, and we can help you stay in touch or form new relationships with fellow graduates. As you work to transform education in your corner of the globe, stay connected to other alumni and the WJU School of Education community. Regardless of the miles that separate you from the WJU School of Education campus, we hope you always consider it your second home.

Alumni Resources

Career Resources


Give to WJU SOE and support the next generation of passionate educators, innovative leaders and scholar practitioners. Graduates of the SOE are educational LEADERS who REACH with compassion, TEACH with Excellence and LEARN for a lifetime.

Giving Priorities
Your gift will be used to support the WJU School of Education’s most pressing needs. Your gift will make an immediate impact in the following priority areas:

  • Financial Aid – WJU SOE is proud to offer grants and scholarships to provide access to all deserving students.
  • Research – Your gift helps pay for the technology and resources that power significant research initiatives.
  • Professional Development – Your gift helps WJU SOE students and faculty to learn from and influence the best and brightest educators in the world.
  • Educational Resource Center – Money from the SOE Fund is used to expand both physical and electronic holdings for students and the educational community.
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From the Dean


As the Dean to the School of Education at William Jessup University, I would like to personally welcome you to our website! Throughout your experience in the SOE you will have multiple opportunities to explore, grow and apply your faith. This process will be facilitated by a Christian and highly academically competent faculty and staff who will partner with you through your educational journey.

The School offers Undergraduate and Graduate degrees emphasizing teaching and education. In that endeavor, the School regularly facilitates regional educational events, conducts research, strategically makes professional partnerships, and supports and honors alumni. The School prepares you to graduate and continues to provide opportunities to support you and the great field of education.

In as little as four years, an undergraduate student may earn a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Preliminary California Multiple Subject Credential, allowing you to teach K-8 in any California school. Or, as a student, you can earn a Bachelor’s degree with one or more concentrations in areas like ASL, Child Development, English, History and Psychology. Students seeking a Master of Arts degree can achieve that through two pathways. We offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree that includes a multiple or single subject credential, and the ability to earn a credential in as little as 16 months and complete their thesis in as little as 24 months. We also offer a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program where one can earn a degree to further their understanding in Education.  Students in the MAEd program have the option to pursue a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.  The SOE degrees and programs are highly successful with graduates working and teaching in California, across the county and throughout the world.

The SOE’s underpinnings are to make a practical and observable difference in the ability of educators and policymakers to effectively impact learning regionally, nationally and internationally. We are continually encouraged by the stories from alumni who share what the Lord is doing in their lives and the difference that they are making in the lives of others.

I invite you to contact the School of Education and/or stop by our professional offices in San Jose or the main campus in Rocklin to explore the opportunities available to you. Let us partner with you!

Best Regards,
Nathan Herzog
Dean, School of Education

Areas of Research


Assessment of Student Performance & Growth

Student Learning

Instructional Design

Learning Environment

Response to Intervention

Socio-Emotional Development

Character Development

English Language Learner Needs

Enrichment Programs


Professional Development

Common Core Implementation

Program Improvement

Discipline Practices

School Culture

Psychology of Education

Community Involvement in Education

College & Career Readiness

Technology in Education

Current Projects

Accelerated Reading and Renaissance Learning effectiveness and impact on student performance

Effectiveness of Early Intervention System programs

Effectiveness of Explicit Direct Instruction model

English Language Learner Performance Trends and Best Practices

After school and Peer-Tutoring Programs

Math Interest and Performance in Middle School

Teacher and Administrator Induction Programs

Impact of Professional Development

School Counseling

Perceptions of School Culture

Theory of Intelligence

Academic Identity and Goal Orientation

Literacy Development and Intervention

Parent Outreach and Engagement

Mandatory Intervention Periods

Teacher Perceptions of Curriculum

Summer School Effectiveness

AP and Honors Access

Identifying At-Risk Youth

Our Partnerships

School of Education Advisory Board

  • Michael Borgaard | Superintendent | Elverta Joint School District (K-8)
  • Jess Borjon | Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction | Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • Renee Flores | Principal | Adventure Christian School
  • Jennifer Hicks | Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction | Placer County Office of Education
  • Jerry Jorgenson | Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services | Roseville City School District
  • Gordon Medd | Superintendent | Loomis Union School District
  • Andrew Ricabal | Superintendent | Forest Lake Christian School
  • Jeff Roberts | Superintendent | Plumas Lake Elementary School District
  • Denny Rush | Superintendent | Newcastle Elementary School District
  • Colleen Slattery | Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources | Placer County Office of Education
  • Roger Stock | Superintendent | Rocklin Unified School District
  • Brad Tooker | Superintendent | Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
  • Rebecca Toto | Director of Human Resources | Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
  • Scott Young | Dean of Academics | Forest Lake Christian School

Field Experience Memorandums of Understanding

The SOE has partnerships with 47 public and private school districts which represent more than 600 schools covering 13 California Counties. These partners support SOE students as they Observe, Assist and Student Teach in K-12 classrooms.

If interested in developing a Field Experience Memorandum of Understanding, please contact the School of Education at

Research Partners

If you are interested in partnering with the SOE to support educational research, please contact the School of Education at

Prayer Partners

If interested in committing to pray for students in the SOE, those in the field of education, and for the lives they touch, please contact the School of Education at

Ashley Serin's Bio

Ashley Serin is a Rocklin Unified School District Administrator.She also teaches instructional leadership, coaching, and mentoring courses as an adjunct professor in Jessup’s Master’s of Education degree program.

Previous Positions

  • Instructional Coaching Specialist, Placer County Office of Education
  • KeyNote Conference Speaker, Universal Design for Learning

Awards, Recognitions, and Certifications

  • Teacher of the Year, Rocklin Unified School District
  • Teacher Who Makes a Difference, Placer County
  • GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition and Design) Certified
  • GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Certified
David Bills's Bio

David Bills serves as the Associate Dean/Field Experience Coordinator for the William Jessup University School of Education. He is also the Placer County Office of Education’s Administrative Coach. 

Previous Positions

  • Assistant Superintendent, Yuba City Unified School District 
  • Rocklin Unified School District Administrator
  • California Interscholastic Federation Certified Coaches’ Instructor 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Placer County Administrative Association, University Professor of the Year Award
  • Sac-Joaquin Section High School Athletic Director of the Year Award
Patrick McDougall's Bio

Patrick McDougall is an Assistant Professor in Jessup’s School of Education. 

Previous Positions

  • Elk Grove High School and Middle School Principal
  • Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School Principal

Awards, Recognitions, and Associations

  • ACSA
  • California League of Middle Schools (CLMS)
  • California League of Middle Schools – Educator of the Year (2000)
  • Opened three new schools for The Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Received the National  “Schools to Watch” award while principal at Toby Johnson Middle School
  • Received the National “Schools to Watch” & “California Distinguished School Awards” while principal of Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School in Elk Grove, CA
Steve Caminiti's Bio

Steve Caminiti is the Principal at Placer Unified School District. He is a WASC Site Coordinator, mental health first aid trained, an AVID District Coordinator, an Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedure Trainer for the Placer Union High School District and an A.L.I.C.E. – Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuation Trainer of Trainers. He is associated with the following organizations:

  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
  • California State Athletic Directors Association (CSADA)
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  • California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)

Opportunity Awaits!

Take back your future with a Christ-centered, community-focused, and career-ready education from Jessup.

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