Brandman receives approval to continue California teacher credentialing programs as UMass Global

February 12, 2021

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IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2021) – Brandman University’s credentialing programs for teachers who aspire to serve in California public schools will continue seamlessly after the university adopts its new name -- UMass Global – upon formalizing a pending affiliation with the University of Massachusetts. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved the programs’ continuation today, and its action also applies to credentialing programs for school administrators, counselors, and psychologists, as well as authorizations for teachers serving special education students and English language learners.

Brandman is in the final stages of a process leading to the university affiliating with UMass and adopting a new name. As UMass Global, the university would remain a California nonprofit institution of higher education offering online and blended programs with campuses in California and Washington. The affiliation would also result in the university operating under the governance of a new Board of Regents.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission acted this past November to approve Brandman’s continued accreditation under the control of a new Board of Regents. A commission staff report prepared for today’s California Commission on Teacher Credentialing meeting affirmed Brandman has a history of providing effective credentialing programs for the Golden State, and that the university plans to maintain the continuity of its credentialing programs and School of Education after new regents are seated.

“We’re grateful to receive the commission’s vote of confidence today,” Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm said. “As is the case for all of our academic programs, our credentialing programs will maintain their high levels of quality after we begin to operate as UMass Global.”

About 2,700 candidates are enrolled in Brandman credentialing programs. The commission’s vote clears the way for the uninterrupted delivery of programs preparing students to be credentialed to teach in California’s elementary, middle, and high schools. The School of Education also instructs students seeking California credentials for service in school administration, school counseling, and school psychology.

“The commission’s approval reinforces what our students and alumni already know to be true, that Brandman University delivers high-quality teacher preparation programs and is a great place for educators to acquire the skills they need to succeed as classroom and campus leaders,” School of Education Dean Patricia Clark White said. “As UMass Global, we will continue our work to help California schools retain well-qualified teachers, administrators, counselors and psychologists.”

Brandman and UMass announced a strategic partnership in June 2020 with the objective of improving educational services for working adults, including the millions of Americans who have experienced interruptions to their college careers that have thus far prevented them from completing degrees. By affiliating with UMass, Brandman/UMass Global will be able to scale up its services for the benefit of working adults throughout the United States, especially those living in Massachusetts and other New England states.

The School of Education’s credentialing programs prepare graduates to obtain credentials for service in California public schools. Although Brandman is entering an affiliation with UMass, the School of Education is not offering credentialing programs for students who plan to teach in Massachusetts schools, nor schools in any state other than California.

Brandman/UMass Global would continue to operate its California and Washington campuses upon formalizing the affiliation. Adopting UMass Global as the university’s new name would not result in changes in its 2020-21 catalog nor tuition rates. For more information about the School of Education’s programs, please visit the university’s 2020-21 Academic Catalog.

Brandman will transition to UMass Global after receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Education. University leaders anticipate this development will take place early this year.

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Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs designed to be relevant to more than 90 career paths. Brandman serves about 22,000 students, about 14,000 of whom are enrolled in academic credit programs, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online*. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university’s website.

The mission of the Brandman University's School of Education is to develop innovative and caring leaders, scholars, and practitioners who collaborate to solve complex problems, transform organizations, and educate diverse student populations through discovery, inspiration, and innovation. The School of Education enrolled about 4,600 students across the breadth of its programs in 2019-20

Media Contacts:

Terri M. Carbaugh, Brandman University Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs: [email protected]

Andrew Edwards, Brandman University Senior Multimedia News Writer: [email protected]

*Figures are from the 2019-20 data year.

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