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Liberal Studies

TEACHING CREDENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

There are two credential options available to Liberal Studies majors. Please see below.

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 Preparation Requirements for 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 units)

________ 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 units, 20 CSL hours)

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

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

________ EDSP 389 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education (3 units, ~10 field hours)

________ EDUC 490S Student Teaching Seminar (3 units)

________ EDUC 490P Student Teaching (9 units)

 

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 Level I (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, mild/moderate mental retardation, other health impairments, and/or serious emotional disturbance.  See coursework required on Credential Preparation Requirements page of the coursework checklist on pg. 12 of this handbook. 

Credential Preparation Requirements for Option 2: Level I Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate (38 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 Environments and Inclusive Education (3)

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

________ EDSP 373 Diverse Family Systems and Transitions (3) (Spring only)

________ EDSP 374 Global Perspectives and Foundations in SPED (3) (Spring only)

________ EDSP 379 Legal, Ethical and Professional Practices in a Diverse Society (2) (Spring only)


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

METHODS - SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK

________ EDSP 370 Assessment Identification to Transition in Special Education (3) (Fall only)

________ EDSP 371 Management Behavior and Instruction (3) (Fall only)

________ EDSP 375P Evidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 units, 25 hours field work) (Spr only)

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

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

________ EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language & Academic Development (3 units, 20 CSL hours)

________ EDUC 375P Elementary Curriculum Methods (for special ed majors; 3 units, 25 hours field work) (Fall only)

________ EDSP 490P Student Teaching Mild to Moderate (6 units, full-day)


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 in the junior year. 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 www.cbest.nesinc.com. 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 Learning and Teaching faculty advisor for ongoing professional advice.
  • Undergraduate Programs Coordinator in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), Department of Learning and Teaching: Nancy Hanssen, (619) 260-4159, nhanssen@sandiego.edu                                                                                     

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)

Subtest II (Science; Mathematics)

Subtest III (Physical Education; Human Development; Visual and Performing Arts)

AVAILABLE TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES

CBEST: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/

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.cset.nesinc.com/

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.rica.nesinc.com/

Study guides:
Ready for RICA: A Test Preparation Guide for California's Reading Instruction Competence Assessment
Case Studies in Preparation for the California Reading Competency Test

Test Preparation Workshops:
SDSU College of Extended Studies (http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/)
(619.594.5152)



Additional Credential Requirements