Student Resources

Advising Information

  • Prior to starting on the ITPP Pathway, please make sure to consult with your advisor to make sure you are meeting all the requirements!
  • Please note for the science majors, your student teaching will fulfill your research major requirement.

Credentialing Information

Program of Study

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 one of several areas: the preliminary Multiple Subject Credential for teaching in elementary education, the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with Mild to Moderate Content Specialization that prepares students to teach in special education classrooms across K-12 settings; and the Preliminary Single Subject Credential for teaching in middle or high school classrooms.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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 number of units 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:

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

Prerequisite for Credential Program
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
Total Units3
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 13
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential 19
Total Units30

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Single 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
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or  or ST 117 U.S. Histy to 1870 or  POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the CSET subject matter examination prior to applying to student teach or all requirements of the approved math program before student teaching
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDUC 491P and EDUC 491S). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. 
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher 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 undergraduate credential advisor, Serena Pariser spariser@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7713 and the credential analyst, Andrea Cash andreacash@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.