Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Teaching Credentials

Department of Learning and Teaching

Undergraduate Admissions

In order to pursue a teaching credential as an undergraduate, students must first gain admission to the University of San Diego as an undergraduate student. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admissions requirements and processes.

Applying to the Credential Program

In order to pursue an academic program leading to a bachelors degree and teaching credential students must declare their major as early as possible by filing the appropriate form. In addition, students are required to make a formal application to the credential program in the second semester of their sophomore year, or soon after declaring their major, should that occur in the junior year. A minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average is required for admission to the Teacher Credential program and must be maintained throughout the program. A grade of B- or higher is required in all Professional Preparation courses, and a C– or better in all upper-division courses.

Step 1: Declare a major.

Step 2: Enroll in EDUC 381 and/or EDUC 382.

Step 3: Formally apply to the Teacher Credential Program in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). The online application must be filed prior to registration for the first EDUC methods course (EDUC 332P, 334P, 383, 384 or 385).

Step 4: Complete an admissions interview.

Step 5: Admissions decisions are sent by the Department of Learning and Teaching.

Application Checklist

  • Register for the next available CBEST exam and list the University of San Diego (code 335) as a score recipient.
  • Submit the online application to the Undergraduate Teaching Credential Program. Please note that two recommendations are required. One recommendation must be from USD professor. The second recommendation may be from a USD professor or a professional in the field.
  • Submit the Original CBEST Passing Card to:

Additional Information

Interested undergraduates should contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Hanssen, at or (619) 260-4159.