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Credential and Certificate Programs

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers several credential programs to prepare teacher candidates for the 12th grade level and below: the Multiple Subject credential, the Single Subject credential, and the Education Specialist credential in two areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Multiple Subject credential is appropriate for self-contained classrooms typically found in elementary schools. The Single Subject credential is for subject-matter teachers typically assigned to middle school and high school positions. The Education Specialist credentials in Mild/Moderate appropriate for special education settings in grades K-12 and adults to 22. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential is birth through 22.

Multiple Subject Credential

The Multiple Subject program is designed for those interested in teaching in elementary grades. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Multiple Subject credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Multiple Subject credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. All candidates for the credential must submit either a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment prior to admittance to the program, or evidence of having registered for taking the basic skills exam at its next offering.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

I. Courses (3-unit prerequisite, plus 30 units)

Required Prerequisite
EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (3) Available online through the USD Division of Continuing Education.

Required Courses
EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society (3)
Field Requirements: five hours service learning, five hours observation
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Field Requirement: eight hours of observation
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary (3)
Field Requirement: 50 hour practicum
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)
Field Requirement: 20 hours service learning
EDUC 585P Elementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms (6)
Field Requirement: 50 hour practicum
EDUC 590S Student Teaching Seminar for the Multiple Subject Credential (3)*
EDUC 590P Student Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential (9)*
* EDUC 590S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 590P.

Additional Requirements

  • Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Multiple Subjects, RICA. The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching;
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult;
  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Successful completion of an online technology workshop;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all courses, including student teaching.

Single Subject Credential

The Single Subject credential is designed to prepare candidates to teach subjects in a departmentalized situation typically found in middle and high schools. To demonstrate subject matter competency, candidates must meet the academic requirements of a USD-approved subject matter program, or pass the appropriate CSET examination in the subject field in which they wish to teach. The CSET exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit scores on the CSET exam prior to being admitted into the credential program. USD currently has one CCTC approved subject matter program in the area of Mathematics.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

I. Courses (3 unit prerequisite, plus 27 units)

Required Prerequisite
EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (3)
Available online through the USD Division of Continuing Education.

Required Courses
EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
EDUC 532P Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today’s Global Secondary Classrooms (3)
Field Requirement: 50 hour practicum
EDUC 534P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society (3)
Field Requirement: 50 hour practicum
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society (3)
Field Requirements: 5 hours service learning, 5 hours observation
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Field Requirement: 8 hours of observation
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)
Field Requirement: 20 hours service learning
EDUC 591S Student Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (3)*
EDUC 591P Student Teaching for the Single Subject Credential (9)*
* EDUC 591S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 591P

Additional Requirements

  • Passing score on the following exams: CBEST, CSET or successful completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program prior to student teaching;
  • United States Constitution requirement;
  • Successful completion of an on-line technology workshop;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance;
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all courses and student teaching; and,
    CPR certification infant, child and adult

Certificate Programs

Peace and Global Education Certificate Program

This program is a collaboration between the School of Leadership Studies and School of Peace Studies.

Required Core Courses (7 units)
EDUC 589 Peace Education in a Global Context (3)
PJS 550 Analysis and Resolution of Violent Conflict (3)
EDUC 506 Global Peace Education Capstone (1)

Electives (6 units total: 3 units from EDUC or LEAD, and 3 units from PJS)
EDUC 504 International and Comparative Education (3)
EDUC SOLES Global International Course (3; see SOLES Global for current offerings)
EDUC 599 Independent Study (1-3)
LEAD 585 Leadership for Change (3)
PJS 563 Nonviolence and Peace Education (3)
PJS 574 Civil Society, Peacebuilding and Development (3)
PJS 582 Transitional Justice and Responding to Mass Atrocities (3)
PJS 588 Human Rights Advocacy (3)
PJS 594 Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict Resolution (1)
PJS 594 Spirituality and Peacebuilding (1)
PJS 594 Deliberative Dialogue (1)
PJS 599 Independent Study (1-3)

Other elective courses related to peace and global education may be substituted with permission of advisor.

  • All required classes will be accessible globally through the use of technology.

The capstone is an applied project of modest scope for example, conducting a facilitation, mediation, or lesson. Faculty in both schools with collaborate on developing a rubric for evaluation of the capstone.
Non-matriculated students may enroll in the program through Continuing Education.

Specialist Certificate in Character Development

The Certificate Program in Character Development is designed to meet the needs of educators who are interested in the character development of children and youth. This unique program offers SOLES graduate students the opportunity to take any one of four courses as electives in their current programs. It also enables SOLES graduate students who complete three of the four courses (9 units) to earn a framed Specialist Certificate in Character Development.
These graduate credit courses are offered online through the Department of Learning and Teaching. The character development certificate program can usually be completed in one academic year. A graduate certificate in character development will improve candidate’s knowledge and skills in helping students develop the habits of good character and is an important addition to a candidates resume.

Course Requirements

(Three of these four courses for a total of 9 units are needed to earn the certificate)
EDUC 553 Curriculum and Programs in Character Education (3)
EDUC 554 Character-based Classroom Management (3)
EDUC 555 Leadership in Character Education (1-3)
EDUC 556 Instructional Strategies in Character Education (3)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is comprised of 12 units of graduate level coursework designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively teach English to English Language Learners.

Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of linguistics, first and second language acquisition and the cultural and social contexts of learning listening, speaking, and writing skills in English with speakers of other languages. TESOL certificate candidates will examine the latest theories, research and applications in TESOL, and acquire the knowledge and cultural competencies to assume leadership roles in their areas of expertise. Two features that distinguish this certificate from other certificate programs are: 1 unit of practicum experience that candidates receive will be in various educational, public, private, and community settings where English is taught, and 2 units of a three-unit course will provide an international context and experience where candidates will learn about language, culture, education and traditions of a nation other than their own through international travel.

As a result of earning a TESOL certificate, graduates will have the expertise to be employed in various education settings as English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors in language institutes, in private and public international schools, businesses, nonprofit agencies, and community agencies. A TOEFL score of 83 (Internet based) is required for admission of international students. National and international candidates seeking the TESOL certificate will need to meet the regular graduate admissions criteria for the corresponding master’s degree in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture with the TESOL certificate option.

Program of Study

EDUC 529 Literacy, Language and Culture (3)
EDUC 540 Introduction to Nature of Language and Linguistics (3)
EDUC 541 Second Language Acquisition and Development (3)
EDUC 543C Methods of Teaching Literacy in ESL (3)

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