Lauren Leyva

Masters Credential Cohort Program: Secondary Education

About Me

I am a San Diego native and La Jolla High School graduate. I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Physiological Science in 2009. While at UCLA, I was the Student Athletic Trainer for the UCLA Baseball and Swim & Dive teams. I am currently a volleyball coach for San Diego Volleyball Club & Seaside Volleyball Club and have been since 2005 .I am currently in the Master's Credential Cohort (MCC) 1-Year (Single-Subject) Program at USD. I will be completing my M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction and Single-Subject Teaching Credentials in Biology, Mathematics (Foundational), and Chemistry in July 2013.

Recently, I worked as a Mad Science Instructor teaching science to and sparking the imaginations of elementary students. I have also worked as a Classroom Assistant at Audeo Charter School where I tutored middle school and high school students in various academic subjects to help support their academic success.

Why do you want to become a teacher?

I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing coaches, professors, researchers, teachers, physical therapists, doctors, etc. through internships and work experience. They have all inspired me to become a positive leader in my community. I want to do the same for my students. I work with my students to help them build and improve skills that will help them succeed in the real world. I have a passion for working with people. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and learning from my students and players each day.

Why did you choose SOLES?

I chose the SOLES program because I wanted to attend a reputable program that could provide multiple opportunities for professional and educational development. In addition to departmental ties to the various San Diego county schools and the San Diego community, the department has various global opportunities. Recently, I was elected to serve as the Learning and Teaching Representative on the SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA). I look forward to being more involved in SOLES and its work in the San Diego community!

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

If you are interested in SOLES or the MCC Program I encourage you to visit USD and make an appointment to speak with an advisor. Perhaps join us for a class? Note: You can set up a visit by contacting SOLES Admissions and Outreach at