Credential Only Program Requirements

Now accepting applications for 2020

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee

    • Upload the following to submit your online application
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Resume
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information

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  • An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.
    • Students who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by a NACES current member.  
      • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.
    • NOTE: 
      • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to grads@sandiego.edu.
      • Transcripts from study abroad courses and transfer credits are not required.
      • Letters of Recommendation and International Transcript Evaluations must be received by the program deadline to complete your application.

Letters of Recommendation

  • 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.

Current resumé

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.
    • What does the mission of the Department of Learning and Teaching mean to you? How would you contribute to this mission as a teacher candidate within USD's Department of Learning and Teaching?
    • Describe your purpose for becoming a school teacher. How do you hope to impact students and communities?
    • Attending a rigorous master’s and credential program while working in classrooms/completing observations and student teaching experiences, passing required assessments, and maintaining relationships can be a delicate balance. What will you do to prepare and support yourself throughout the program?

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 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.


Standardized Testing

Applicants must pass the  California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the  California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects and the  CSET: Writing Skills subtest prior to the start of student teaching in the program.  California state law requires that all credential-seeking students receive passing scores on the CBEST and CSET prior to student teaching.  We strongly encourage all applicants to our 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.  *Some program applicants may qualify to waive the CBEST requirement. Please view this page to learn more. 

  • 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 Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for consideration. However, the GRE is not required for admission.

International applicants 

International students are not eligible to apply to the credential-only programs because they must be enrolled as degree-seeking students in order to qualify for a student visa. However, international students may be eligible to apply to our  Master in Education programs, in which the coursework for this credential is combined with the coursework for a master's degree. Because the Master's includes a degree in its course of study in addition to the credential, international students may be eligible to apply to the program if able to secure a  Certificate of Clearance as part of their application requirements.


 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Multiple Subject program is designed for those interested in teaching in elementary grades. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Multiple Subject credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Multiple Subject credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. 

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

Required Courses
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
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
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 590SStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Seminar 13
EDUC 590PStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Practicum 19
Total Units36

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Multiple Subjects, RICA. The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching;

  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.

Exit Requirement

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Single Subject credential is designed to prepare candidates to teach subjects in a departmentalized situation typically found in middle and high schools. To demonstrate subject matter competency, candidates must meet the academic requirements of an approved subject matter program, or pass the appropriate CSET examination in the subject field in which they wish to teach. The CSET exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit scores on the CSET exam prior to being admitted into the credential program. USD currently has one CCTC approved subject matter program in the area of Mathematics.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

Required Courses
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
EDUC 532PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 534PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 591SStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Seminar 13
EDUC 591PStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Practicum 19
Total Units33

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Single Subjects The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching; or successful completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program prior to student teaching

  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.

Exit Requirement

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Preliminary Education Specialist program is designed for those interested in teaching students with special needs in schools or agencies servicing K-12 students or adults to 22. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Preliminary Education Specialist credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program.

Requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 502PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
or EDTE 504P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 503PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
or EDTE 505P Secondary Methods II: Social Science
or EDTE 506P Secondary Methods II: Science
or EDTE 507P Secondary Methods II: Mathematics
or EDTE 508P Secondary Methods II: English
or EDTE 509P Secondary Methods II: World Language
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment 3
EDSP 590PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities6
Total Units36

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Multiple Subjects, RICA. The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching;

  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.

Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.


Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.


Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
grads@sandiego.edu


For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988
solesadmissions@sandiego.edu
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