Degree Requirements

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP)

USD offers a five-year Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP) Program offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, resulting in the conferral of a BA in Liberal Studies, a preliminary Multiple Subject teaching credential, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. The CTEP program allows students to complete the BA in Liberal Studies at the end of the fourth year of the program, will obtain the preliminary Multiple Subject teaching credential after the ninth semester (4.5 years), once the full-time student teaching has been completed, and receive the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction after completion of the fifth year. Please contact Margaret Daley, mdaley@sandiego.edu, PhD, Liberal Studies Program Director, for additional details as program sequencing will vary.

Multiple Subject Credential

USD offers a Multiple Subject Credential program that prepares students for teaching in self-contained settings in elementary schools and some middle school classrooms. This program may be completed along with the Liberal Studies major, which helps prepare students in the subjects taught in elementary classrooms or along with any other undergraduate major.

Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET: Multiple Subject examination. A description of the Liberal Studies major is contained in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this course catalog. Depending on the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for the liberal studies major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, as graduate students. Students complete their undergraduate major and the following professional preparation coursework:

Prerequisite for Credential Program (3 units)
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3

Professional Education Courses

EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 385PElementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms6
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential 23
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential 29
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EDUC 490S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490P.

Students interested in pursuing a Multiple Subject Credential should contact Nancy Hanssen at nhanssen@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4159 for more information.

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a multiple subject candidate
  • Take HIST 117 at USD, or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDUC 490P and EDUC 490S). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Go to here for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the teacher credential undergraduate programs coordinator and the credential analyst, Andrea Cash, andreacash@sandiego.edu, or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.

Education Specialist Credential (Special Education) - Mild/Moderate Authorization

USD offers a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential with Mild to Moderate Authorization that prepares students to teach in kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults through age 22 in services across the continuum of program options available. This program may be completed along with the Liberal Studies major, which helps prepare students in the subjects taught in elementary classrooms or along with any other undergraduate major.  Depending on the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Session, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate student in order to complete the requirements for the undergraduate major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching as graduate students. Students will complete their undergraduate major and the following professional preparation coursework:

Educational Specialist Courses

Prerequisite for Credential Program (3 units)
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDUC 375PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-223
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDSP 370PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 371PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 373PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3
EDSP 375PEvidenced Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-223
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDSP 393SPracticum Seminar for Individual Induction Plan IIP2
EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities 36
EDSP 490SStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities Seminar 31
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EDSP 490S must be taken concurrently with EDSP 490P

Important Note: It is possible to obtain the preliminary multiple subject credential in conjunction with the education specialist teaching credential program described above. Additional coursework includes EDUC 381C and EDUC 382 and if the preliminary multiple subject credential is sought, a semester of full-time student teaching in a regular education classroom is also required. Detailed information is available from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Students interested in pursuing an Education Specialist Credential should contact Nancy Hanssen at nahanssen@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4159 for more information.

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning an Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST(California Basic Educational Skills Test)
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program
  • Take HIST 117 at USD, or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment) – to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDSP 490P). Admission to the education special credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching.
  • Go to http://www.sandiego.edu/soles/gateways/current-students/handbooks-forms-policies for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the teacher credential undergraduate programs coordinator and the credential analyst, Andrea Cash andreacash@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821], at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.  

Single Subject Credential

USD offers a single subject credential program, which prepares students for teaching in departmentalized settings in secondary classrooms. This program is completed along with a major in a content area, which helps prepare students in the subject matter they wish to teach. Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET subject matter examination. Math majors may waive the CSET by completing an approved subject matter program. Depending on the approved program requirements and the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for an approved program and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, or all of their professional preparation coursework as graduate students. Specific course requirements for the math approved program can be obtained from the math department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will complete the following professional preparation coursework:

Prerequisite for Credential Program (3 units)
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3

Professional Education Courses (30 units)

EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 23
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
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or EDUC 491S Student Teaching Seminar f the Single Subject Credential must be taken concurrently with or EDUC 491P Student Teaching f the Single Subject Credential.

Students interested in pursuing a Single Subject Credential should contact Nancy Hanssen at nhanssen@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4159 for more information.

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Single Subject Credential must complete the following:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a certificate of clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a single subject candidate
  • Take HIST 117 at USD or an approved equivalent course at another college, or pass a U.S. Constitution examination
  • Pass the CSET subject matter examination prior to applying to student teach or all requirements of the approved math program before student teaching
  • Formally apply for and successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching and the seminar (EDUC 491P and EDUC 491S). Admission to the single subject credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. Go to https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/gateways/current-students/handbooks-forms-policies/#dlt_credential for the complete list of requirements
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C– or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the teacher credential undergraduate programs coordinator and the credential analyst, Andrea Cash andreacash@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821], at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.