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Department of Learning and Teaching

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers an undergraduate Education Minor and options for pursuing a California Teaching Credential. The department offers a Multiple Subject Credential, primarily designed for working in an elementary school setting, a Single Subject Credential for middle and high school settings and an Education Specialist Credential designed for working with special education students.

Education Minor

The minor is open to all students interested in pursuing careers in education-related fields as well as those who aim to contribute to the educational community as volunteers, researchers, parents, and community members. Students will gain valuable knowledge about PK-12 schools, students, learning processes, the impact of structural, linguistic, cultural and economic factors on student success and teaching practices.

Education Minor (18 Units)

Required Course (3)
EDUC 101 Introduction to Teaching & Learning (3)
Education Foundation Course (3) (Choose One)
EDUC 381 Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
EDUC 382 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Elective Courses (12)
At least six (6) units must be upper division. Up to six (6) units may be taken outside of the Department of Learning and Teaching upon approval by the program advisor.
Elective Options Include:

COMM 482
EDUC 124
EDUC 301
EDUC 304
EDUC 307
EDUC 337
EDUC 379
ENGL 231
LEAD 162
PHIL 341
PSYC 314
SOCI 348
THEA 155
Children and Media (3)
Sport and Higher Education (3)
Introduction to Academic Mentoring (3)
St. Clare’s Comparative Education (3)
Spanish for Educators (3)
Adolescent and Children’s Literature and GLBTQ Communities (3)
Experimental Topics - Student Movement (1)
Children’s Literature (3)
Outdoor Leadership & Education (3)
Ethics and Education (3)
Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (3)
Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Gangs (3)
Theater in Education (3)

Credential Programs

In the State of California classroom teachers are credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) upon the recommendation of colleges and universities with approved teacher education programs. At the University of San Diego, it is possible for students to graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential in several areas; the preliminary Multiple Subject Credential for teaching in elementary education, the preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild to Moderate Authorization that prepares students to teach across K-12 settings and the preliminary Single Subject Credential for teaching in secondary education.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) regularly revises program requirements to meet new standards. Please consult the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for the most up-to-date program information.

Multiple Subject Credential

USD offers a Multiple Subject Credential program that prepares students for teaching in self-contained settings in elementary schools and some middle school classrooms. This program may be completed along with the Liberal Studies major, which helps prepare students in the subjects taught in elementary classrooms or along with any other undergraduate programs.

Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET: Multiple Subject examination. A description of the Liberal Studies major is contained in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this course catalog. Depending on the amount of advanced standing with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for the liberal studies major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, as graduate students. Students complete their undergraduate major and the following professional preparation coursework:

Professional Education Courses

ENGL 318

EDU 558XB
EDUC 381C
EDUC 382
EDUC 383P
EDUC 384C

EDUC 385P
EDSP 389
EDUC 490S
EDUC 490P
Development of the English Language
OR
First & Second Language Development (through USD Continuing Education)
Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society (3)
Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)
Elementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms (6)
Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
Student Teaching Seminar for the Multiple Subject Credential (3)*
Student Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential (9)*

*EDUC 490S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490P

Students interested in pursuing a Multiple Subject Credential should contact Maria Menezes at mmenezes@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-5938 for more information.Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a multiple subject candidate
  • Take POLS 125 or HIST 117 at USD, or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDUC 490P and EDUC 490S). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/students/policies.php for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the teacher credential program coordinator and the credential analyst at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential. Information on the credential application process and credential requirements can be obtained from the credential analyst.

Education Specialist Credential (Special Education)

USD offers a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild to Moderate Authorization that prepares students to teach in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available. Preferably this program is completed along with the Liberal Studies major, which prepares students in the subjects taught in elementary classrooms. Depending on the amount of advanced standing with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Session, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate student in order to complete the requirements for Liberal Studies major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching as graduate students. Students will complete their undergraduate major and the following professional preparation coursework:

Professional Education Courses

ENGL 318

EDU 558XB
EDSP 389
EDUC 375P
EDUC 383P
EDUC 384C
Development of the English Language
OR
First & Second Language Development (through USD Continuing Education)
Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
Inclusive Curricula for Learners 5-22 (3) Fall semester only.
Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)

Education Specialist Common Core Courses

EDSP 370
EDSP 371

EDSP 372
EDSP 373
EDSP 379

Assessment Identification to Transition in Special Education (3) Spring semester only.
Management of Behavior and Instruction in Special Education (3) August Post summer semester only.
Language Variance and Assistive Technology (3) Spring semester only.
Diverse Family Systems & Transitions (3) Fall semester only
Legal, Ethical & Professional Practices in a Diverse Society (2). Intersession only.

Mild/Moderate Authorization

EDSP 374
EDSP 375P
EDSP 490P
Global Perspectives and Foundations in SPED (3) Fall semester only.
Evidence Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-22 (3) Spring semester only.
Student Teaching Mild to Moderate (6)

Important Note: It is possible to obtain the preliminary multiple subject credential in conjunction with the education specialist teaching credential program described above. Additional coursework includes EDUC 381C and EDUC 382 and if the preliminary multiple subject credential is sought, a semester of full-time student teaching in a regular education classroom is also required. Detailed information is available from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing an Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization should contact Maria Menezes at mmenezes@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-5938 for more information.Students committed to earning an Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization, must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST(California Basic Educational Skills Test)
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program
  • Take POL 125 or HIST 117 at USD, or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment) – to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDSP 490P). Admission to the education special credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/students/policies.php for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C– or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Single Subject Credential

USD offers a single subject credential program, which prepares students for teaching in departmentalized settings in secondary classrooms. This program is completed along with a major in a content area, which helps prepare students in the subject matter they wish to teach. Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET subject matter examination. Math majors may waive the CSET by completing an approved subject matter program. Depending on the approved program requirements and the amount of advanced standing with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for an approved program and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, or all of their professional preparation coursework as graduate students. Specific course requirements for the math approved program can be obtained from the math department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will complete the following professional preparation coursework:

Professional Education Courses

ENGL 318

EDU 558XB

EDUC 332P
EDUC 334P
EDUC 381C
EDUC 382
EDUC 384C

EDSP 389
EDUC 491S
EDUC 491P

Development of the English Language
OR
(through USD Continuing Education) Development of English Language/Acquisition Skills
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today’s Global Secondary Classrooms (3)
Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society (3)
Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society (3)
Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)
Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)
Student Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (3)*
Student Teaching for the Single Subject Credential (9)*

*EDUC 491S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 491P.

Students interested in pursuing a Single Subject Credential should contact Maria Menezes at mmenezes@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-5938 for more information.Students committed to earning a preliminary Single Subject Credential, must complete the following:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a certificate of clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a single subject candidate
  • Take POLS 125 or HIST 117 at USD or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the CSET subject matter examination prior to applying to student teach or all requirements of the approved math program before student teaching
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching and the seminar (EDUC 491P and EDUC 491S). Admission to the single subject credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/students/policies.php for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C– or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the teacher credential program coordinator and the credential analyst at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential. Information on the credential application process and credential requirements can be obtained from the credential analyst.