Degree Requirements

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.

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.

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 October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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:

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

Prerequisite for Credential Program
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
Total Units3
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 13
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential 19
Total Units33

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
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1870 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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 undergraduate credential advisor, Serena Pariser spariser@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7713 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.  

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 October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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:

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

Prerequisite for Credential Program
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
Total Units3
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
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 13
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential 19
Total Units30

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Single 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
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1870 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the CSET subject matter examination prior to applying to student teach or all requirements of the approved math program before student teaching
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDUC 491P and EDUC 491S). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. 
  • 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 undergraduate credential advisor, Serena Pariser spariser@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7713 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. 

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 October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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:

Requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Prerequisite for Credential Program (3 units)
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
or EDTE 304P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
or EDTE 305P Secondary Methods II: Social Science
or EDTE 306P Secondary Methods II: Science
or EDTE 307P Secondary Methods II: Mathematics
or EDTE 308P Secondary Methods II: English
or EDTE 309P Secondary Methods II: World Language
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities6
Total Units33

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
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1870 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • 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
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching EDSP 490P. Admission to the education special credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching
  • 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 undergraduate credential advisor, Serena Pariser spariser@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7713 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.