Application Checklist

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction / Elementary Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Application Checklist

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application (Please contact the SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach for instructions on how to begin your online application.)
  • One official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities attended, including community colleges. 
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills, and if possible, to teaching abilities.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • The Statement of Purpose. Address each of the following three questions. Each response has a maximum length of 250 words, for a total maximum length of 750 words for the Statement of Purpose. When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.
    • Describe your purpose for becoming a teacher. How do you hope to influence students? What do you want to contribute to the profession?
    • There is much concern about issues of access, equity and privilege in education. What do these concepts mean to you? Describe an experience you've had with these issues. How did you respond? What did you learn from the experience?
    • To become effective educators, teachers need to be willing to persevere through challenges and learn from their experiences. Describe a time when you encountered a significant challenge. How did you respond to the challenge? What did you learn from the experience?
  • California state law requires that all credential seeking students receive passing scores on the CBEST and CSET prior to student teaching. We strongly encourage all applicants to our MCC program to have passed the exam requirements prior to the application deadlines. If you are unable to sit for an administration of these exams prior to applying, you are encouraged to submit proof of registration for a future test date.  Please note, enrollment into our programs will only be granted if all required examinations are successfully passed and reportable scores are received by the deadlines indicated below. Please be prepared to submit a copy of your official score report for both the CSET and CBEST by the last day of your fall semester classes.