Admissions Requirements

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction / Elementary Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Admissions Requirements

Standardized Testing Requirements (Specific Requirements for Credentialing)

  • California Subject Matter Competence Examination Requirement
    • Pass the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) Multiple Subjects Examination
      • Pass all three subtests of the Multiple Subjects Examination (Subtest 101, 102, and 103). You may take one, two, or three sections at a given test administration. 
      • Plan to take the CSET examination early in the application process.
      • Submit all passing scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We can only accept the official pdf copy that was emailed to you. For information on the CSET, visit www.ctcexams.nesinc.com
  • California Basic Educational Skills Examination Requirement
    • Pass the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) or complete the alternate basic skills requirement.
      • Pass all three sections of the CBEST (reading, mathematics, and writing). You may take one, two, or three sections at a given test administration.
      • Plan to take the CBEST examination early in the application process.
      • Submit all passing scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions (we can only accept the official pdf copy that was emailed to you).
      • For information on the CBEST, visit www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. Alternate option to meet the CA Basic Educational Skills Requirement: Pass the CSET Writing Skills Test.
      • Multiple Subject candidates may meet the basic skills requirement by passing the Writing Skills Examination on the CSET Exam, Subtest 142, in addition to the full CSET requirement.
  • Applicants who feel that their grade point averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration. However, the GRE is not required for admission. For more information on preparing for the GRE, visit USD's Test Prep or call (619) 260-4579.

Education Requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred.
  • The minimum cumulative grade point average is 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses. 

Interviews

After an initial review of applications to the program, applicants may be invited to interview in-person or via video conference with the program faculty.

Application Process

Application Deadline

All application materials, including transcripts, test score reports and letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. View current deadlines for admission.

Application Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received or to check the status of your application, please log in to the MySanDiego portal with your applicant log-in or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.

Submit all application materials online, or mail to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Email: grads@sandiego.edu