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Liberal Studies

Credential Options

TEACHING CREDENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Credential Option 1: Preliminary Multiple Subject

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom such as the classrooms in most elementary schools. However, a teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults). In addition, the holder of a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential may serve in a core or team teaching setting. See coursework required on Credential Preparation Requirements page of the coursework checklist on pg. 12 of this handbook.  Students must also attend Credential and Careers Meetings and file all credential application materials with the Credential Analyst.

NOTE:
Admission to the Teacher Credential Program does not guarantee acceptance to student teaching.  Acceptance will be based on academic criteria (minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, C or above in all Core and Concentration courses, B- or above in Professional Preparation courses, completion of all other professional preparation courses), acceptable performance in practicum experiences, appropriate professional dispositions, and faculty approval of student portfolio.

Credential Option 2: Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild to Moderate Authorization for K-12 and adults with disabilities to 22

The Preliminary Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate) Credential Program prepares future teachers to serve children, youth, and adults who have special learning or emotional needs. The Education Specialist credential may be used in K-12 resource rooms, special day classes, or alternative settings and authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in grades K-12 and adults who have specific learning disabilities or health impairments. See coursework required on Credential Preparation Requirements page of the coursework checklist on pg. 12 of this handbook. 

APPLICATION TO THE CREDENTIAL PROGRAM

Students are required to make a formal application to the Teacher Credential Program in the second semester of their sophomore year or immediately after declaring their major, should that occur later. New transfer students should apply during their second semester at USD, unless their advisor recommends filing an application during their first semester of attendance at USD.

The application process includes the following steps:

  • Register for and take the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test), unless you have already taken and passed the exam. Registration information is available on the web site http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CBEST.asp
  • List USD as your recipient (code 335) when you register. You should have completed ENGL 121 and MATH 115 before taking the CBEST.
  • Complete the Teacher Credential Program application, available on the SOLES website.
  • Request a letter of recommendation from a USD professor (your preceptor or another professor who has taught you). Ask the professor to complete the “Recommendation Form” attached to the application or write a letter giving her/his assessment of your academic ability and character for teaching.
  • Submit the application, your letter of recommendation, and if available, a copy of your CBEST passing scores electronically.
  • When all materials are received, you will be invited for an interview.  You will be contacted regarding date and location.
  • When you have completed your interview, the Department Chair will notify you of the admissions decision. Upon acceptance, you will be assigned a SOLES Department of Learning and Teaching faculty advisor for ongoing professional advice.
  • Undergraduate Programs Coordinator:  Nancy Hanssen                                                                                                                           

CSET (California Subjects Examination for Teachers) INFORMATION

The following website contains information about the format, content, dates, fees, and all the rules and regulations for the CSET Multiple Subjects Exam.

http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/test_info_CSET.asp?t=101

The required LBST Core courses will assist you in preparing for the three sub-tests of the CSET Multiple Subjects Exam.

  • Subtest I (Reading, Language, and Literature; History and Social Science)
    (ENGL 121, 231, and 304W; HIST 117 and 389; THRS/SOCI electives)
  • Subtest II (Science; Mathematics)
    (MATH 115, 200, and 300; CHEM/PHYS 105; BIOL/EOSC 116)
  • Subtest III (Physical Education; Human Development; Visual and Performing Arts)
    (THEA 155; MUSC 200; ARTV 350; PSYC 101/314 helpful)

Available Test Preparation Resources

CBEST: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CBEST.asp

  • Study guides:              
    Arco CBEST: California Basic Educational Skills Test
    Barron’s How to Prepare for the CBEST
    Cliff’s CBEST Preparation Guide
    REA The Best Test Preparation for the CBEST            
  • Test Preparation Workshops:
    Southern CA Teacher Recruitment Center (619.908.3600)
    SDSU College of Extended Studies (http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/) (619.594.5152)

CSET: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CSET.asp

  • Study guides:
    Cliff’s CSET: Multiple Subjects
  • Test Preparation Workshops:
    SDSU College of Extended Studies (http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/) (619.594.5152)

RICA: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_RICA.asp

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CREDENTIAL PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS

Meet with Nancy Hanssen, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator in SOLES to plan your credential program of study.

Credential Option 1 : Preliminary Multiple Subject (36 units)

FOUNDATIONS COURSEWORK - These courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program

________ ENGL 318 Development of the English Language (3)

________ EDUC 381C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 units, ~10 practicum hours)

________ EDUC 382 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3 units, ~ 8 observation hours)

The following courses may be taken only after admission to the Credential Program:

METHODS COURSEWORK, including Student Teaching - Taken only after admission to the Credential Program

________ EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development (3)

________ EDUC 383P Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3 units, 50 practicum hours)

________ EDUC 385P Elementary Curriculum and Methods (6 units, 50 practicum hours)

________ EDSP 389 Healthy Environment and Inclusive Education (3 units, 5 observation hours) (Spring only)

________ EDUC 490S Student Teaching Seminar (3)

________ EDUC 490P Student Teaching (9 units, full-day semester student teaching)

Credential Option 2: Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate (36 units)

PREREQUISITE FOUNDATIONS COURSEWORK - These courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program

________ ENGL 318 Development of the English Language (3)

________ EDSP 389 Healthy Environment and Inclusive Education (3 units, 5 observation hours) (Spring only)

FOUNDATIONS COURSEWORK

Should try to complete before beginning Methods coursework; however, the following may be taken before admission to the Credential Program

________ EDSP 373 Collaboration with Families and Professionals (3 units, 20 hours field experience)

The following courses may be taken only after admission to the Credential Program:

METHODS - SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK

________ EDSP 370 Assessment in Special Education (3)

________ EDSP 371 Management of Behavior and Instruction (3)

________ EDSP 375P Curriculum and Instruction Mild/Moderate (3 units, 20 hours field experience)

________ EDSP 393S Practicum Seminar for Individual Induction Plan (2)

METHODS - GENERAL EDUCATION / MULTIPLE SUBJECT CONTENT COURSEWORK, including Student Teaching

________ EDUC 383P Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3 units, 50 hours field experience)

________ EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language & Academic Development (3)

________ EDUC 375P Inclusive Curricula for Learners 5-22 (3 units, 20 hours field experience)

________ EDSP 490P Practicum in Special Education Mild/Moderate (6 units, full-day semester student teaching)

________ EDSP 490S Student Teaching Seminar Special Education Mild/Moderate (1, concurrent with EDSP 490P)