USD Offers Fast Track to Teaching Credential and Master's Degree

The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) is making the path to the classroom easier for students seeking a teaching credential and master’s degree in education.

An alternative to the traditional credentialing and master’s programs, which will continue to be offered as separate elements, is the newly launched master’s credential cohort program. The new program will streamline coursework for students, encourage camaraderie among their peers, and more closely link classroom teaching experience with university coursework.

The program will focus on three core areas: humanities (English and history), languages (world languages and literatures), and math and sciences. This approach, according to program coordinators, offers specialization in key subject areas while simultaneously preparing candidates to teach using an interdisciplinary approach.

“This program is an exciting option for candidates interested in an intensive teacher preparation program.” said Dr. Heather Lattimer, SOLES’ Single Subject Credential Coordinator. “The combination of credential and master’s coursework will make our graduates more viable as job candidates and equip them with knowledge and disposition that will allow them to grow professionally over time.”

The one-year program will begin in July. All students within the cohort are expected to complete the program the following July.

To learn more about the new program, SOLES is offering Information Sessions on Feb. 26, March 25, April 22 and May 20. All sessions are from 3 to 5 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Rm. 135. The application fee will be waived for those attending a session. Participants can register at For more information, call (619) 260-7988.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.