MEd Elementary Education Credential

*Currently Accepting Applications for the Fall 2018 2-Year Program thru 9pm PT/12am ET June 30, 2018

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application
  • One official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities attended where credit was received, including community colleges. Official E-Transcripts are also acceptable and must be emailed to grads@sandiego.edu. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES)
  • 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 resumeé 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. While not required, 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. *Some applicants may qualify to waive the CBEST requirement.
    • If admitted to the one-year, summer start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official pdf score report for both CSET and CBEST by July 8, 2018 in order to begin summer classes.
    • If admitted to the two-year, fall start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official score report for both the CSET and CBEST by last day of your fall semester classes, December 14, 2018 in order to enroll in the following semester.

Application Process

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.

Experience Requirements

Teaching experience is helpful, particularly for applicants to the 12-month program of study, but is not required for admission.

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 Deadline

All application materials, including transcripts, test score reports and letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final 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 to:

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


International Applicants 

* Please submit official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Certificate of Clearance

* Transcripts from universities outside of the United States must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.

TOEFL minimum scores:
Internet-based test: 83
Computer-based test: 237
Paper-based test: 580
IELTS minimum score:
Band score 7

Special Information for applicants who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents

For an application to be considered for review, international applicants must complete the requirements listed below prior to submitting the application. These items are required by the state of California in order to participate in a Teacher Preparation Program, receive a teaching credential, and are considered part of our regular admission requirements. Please note: the application fee is non-refundable.

Certificate of Clearance

If you are an international applicant on a student visa, a non U.S. citizen, or a non U.S. permanent resident, please note the following: in order to be eligible for student teaching, all applicants must complete a Certificate of Clearance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) prior to enrolling in our program. The Certificate of Clearance application requires a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). For information on obtaining a SSN or ITIN, visit the IRS website. All internatinoal applicants must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before the application deadline to be eligible for admission.

Student teaching is a mandatory component of our credential programs and is required in order to complete the required coursework and obtain a teaching credential. If a student is not able to begin student teaching, he/she will need to withdraw from the program. Applicants who are ineligible to obtain a SSN or ITIN should not apply to this program. If you have questions, please contact the SOLES Admissions and Outreach Office.
 
 

CSET and CBEST Requirements

Standardized Testing Requirements (Specific Requirements for Credentialing)

  • California Subject Matter Competence Examination Requirement
  • 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.


For questions about this program or the admissions requirements contact:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
University of San Diego
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 149

Phone: (619) 260-7988
Email: solesadmissions@sandiego.edu

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Master’s Credential Cohort (MCC) Program - One Year Program is designed to prepare effective elementary, middle and high school educators. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Candidates in the one year program develop the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers. Faculty and students in the program are committed to teaching for social justice and promoting educational excellence and equity in all school settings. At the conclusion of the program, successful candidates will have earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

The MCC program uses a cohort model in alignment with its vision of providing candidates with opportunities to enhance the quality of their experiences by learning from each other.

Requirements for MCC 1 Year Multiple Subject 

Summer 1
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
Fall I
EDUC 551PMCC Extended Practicum2
EDUC 567SMCC Teaching Seminar I3
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 585PElementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms6
Intersession I
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
Spring I
EDUC 552PMCC Student Teaching6
EDUC 557Action Research for MCC Candidates I3
EDUC 535Curriculum Design and Evaluation3
or EDUC 578 Learning and Technology
Summer II
EDUC 510Cognition and Learning3
EDUC 558Action Research for MCC Candidates II1
EDUC 536Curriculum Innovations 13
or EDUC 504 International and Comparative Education
or EDUC 579 Experimental Topics
Total Units48

Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.

Exit Requirement

Action Research or Capstone Project and Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

In response to the new Teacher Performance Expectations from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), which requires that teacher candidates in multiple and single subject credential program acquire the skills to teach all students, the Department of Learning & Teaching has revised its program of studies to offer a dual credential and master’s program. In this two year program, teacher candidates will have the option of choosing either a multiple (elementary) or single (secondary) subject credential and will also complete requirements towards an education specialist (mild/moderate) credential. The 48 unit program also gives candidates the opportunity to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment and an action research project as a merged capstone. Candidates undertake field experiences each semester which are aligned with the courses for the semester and culminate in a year-long full-time student teaching experience.

The Master’s Credential Cohort program uses a cohort model in alignment with its vision of providing candidates with opportunities to enhance the quality of their experiences by learning from each other.

Requirements for MCC Dual Elementary and Ed Specialist Credential

Fall I
EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 502PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 551PClinical Experience 1: Practicum1
Spring I
EDTE 503PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 517PAssessment 3
EDTE 552PClinical Experience 2: Extended Practicum2
Fall II
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 514Educational Research Methods3
EDTE 553FClinical Experience 3: Student Teaching I3
EDTE 5XX (Elective: Global Experience) 13
or EDUC 5XX
Spring II
EDTE 515SCapstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 554FClinical Experience 4: Student Teaching II3
Total Units48

Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.

Exit Requirement

Action Research or Capstone Project and Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)