Internationalization Experience Requirement
School of Leadership and Education Sciences students are required to complete an international experience to graduate. SOLES recognizes that students are living in a global society and they need to understand how other countries and cultures approach the issues and concepts in their program areas. The internationalization experience will strengthen students in their current lives and future careers. Each program has identified specific ways in which its students can meet the internationalization requirement including participation in a SOLES Global Center, global study course. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information on options for satisfying the SOLES International Experience Requirement. Please note: Beginning in Summer 2011, courses with an “I” designation following the course number are courses that satisfy this requirement.
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ (SOLES) Global Center offers four global education programs: Global Exchange, Global Internship, Global Student Teaching and Global Study. These programs are open to all SOLES students and non-SOLES students upon faculty and advisor permission. The most popular program is our short-term Global Study, where students accompany faculty overseas on one to two week studies in fulfillment of both required and elective courses. Currently programs travel to Brazil, Guatemala, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain and throughout Asia, with a South Africa program in development. Global Exchange is an individual experience in which a student spends one semester or year of study in an overseas institution. We currently have partnerships with universities in Australia and Spain, or students may design their own programs with other institutions. Through Global Internship, students have the opportunity to spend one to four months completing a practical experience abroad; currently our most popular program is Camp Adventure Youth Services, although we have other partners around the world. Global Student Teaching provides an opportunity for students to complete student teaching at an international school. Through our various education alliances, students can teach in numerous locations throughout the world. Recently our student teachers have taught in Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand. For more information about global education opportunities in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, please contact the Global Center at (619) 260-7443, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/globalcenter.
Academic Degree Programs, Credentials and Certificates
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers one Doctor of Philosophy degree, in Leadership Studies. This program is a 63 unit program that allows students to develop a program consistent with their career goals.
The master’s programs in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) prepare qualified professional personnel in education and related areas through a sequence of graduate work that includes field and laboratory experiences as well as coursework. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences grants three master’s degrees: the Master of Arts (MA), the Master of Education (MEd), and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Each program requires a specified minimum number of graduate credits, and most require the successful completion of an action research project, a comprehensive examination, a culminating curriculum project, thesis, or a portfolio. There is no foreign language requirement.
USD’s credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students should see their advisors for specific requirements regarding each credential. It is possible to combine credential programs with a degree program. Students should check with their respective program/department for more information. All PK-12 education programs in SOLES are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer up to six (6) appropriate master’s-level units taken at an accredited and approved institution within the past five years into a 30-44 unit program, and up to nine (9) units into a program requiring 45 or more units, with the approval of the advisor and program director/department chair, Associate Dean and clearance by the Office of the Registrar.
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