Matthew Becerra

Master's Credential Cohort Program: Secondary Education


Monterey Park, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

What do you hope to do with your degree and credential, and why?

I hope to transform my history lessons into training grounds for activists and advocates where my students are constantly asking questions and making pointed arguments that carry relevancy to their everyday lives. If my students walk away from my classroom having learned only one thing, it will be that they are active members of society that will stand up for those who cannot and speak out when injustices are taking place.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

When researching graduate programs for Master’s in Education & Credentials, it was important for me to find a school that had emphasis on including social justice and multicultural education. A friend and former colleague (who happens to be a native San Diegan) initially encouraged me look into the SOLES program at USD, and the rest is history :).

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

I work part-time in the Office of Undergraduate Admission here at USD as a Graduate Assistant.

Any outside obligations (family, military, volunteer work, student organizations, etc)?

I am a member of the SOLES Dean’s Student Advisory Council, SOLES Graduate Student Association, and the Latinx Graduate Association.