MEd Elementary Education Credential

*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

Transcripts

  • 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

  • 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?

English Proficiency Exam for International Applicants


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

CBEST and CSET

Applicants must pass the  California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) 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.

If applying to the:

  • Spring or Summer 2020 program, submit official CSET and CBEST test scores by July 2020.
  • Fall 2020 program, submit official CSET and CBEST test scores by December 2020.

GRE

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 

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 international 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.

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 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 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.

MCC two-year candidates have the option of pursuing a multiple (elementary) subject credential, and may also complete requirements towards an education specialist (mild/moderate) credential if interested in inclusive/special education. Additionally, candidates may pursue an education specialist (mild/moderate) credential with an elementary pathway. The 48-unit program 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 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 Elementary and/or 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.

Candidates who obtain an internship or teacher of record position will be required to complete an additional one-unit of field support for every semester in the position.

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)

List of courses for the 18-month MEd with Multiple Subject teaching credential program

Code

Title

Units

EDUC 540

Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic

3

EDUC 581C

Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society

3

EDUC 582

Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3

EDUC 551P

MCC Extended Practicum

2

EDUC 567S

MCC Teaching Seminar I

3

EDUC 583P

Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary

3

EDUC 584C

Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts

3

EDUC 585P

Elementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms

6

EDSP 589P

Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society

3

EDUC 552P

MCC Student Teaching

6

EDUC 557

Action Research for MCC Candidates I

3

EDUC 535

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

3

or EDUC 578

Learning and Technology

 

EDUC 510

Cognition and Learning

3

EDUC 558

Action Research for MCC Candidates II

1

EDUC 536

Curriculum Innovations 1

3

or EDUC 504

International and Comparative Education

 

or EDUC 579

Experimental Topics

 

 Choose 3 units of elective with Advisor Approval.

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)

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 admissions contact:

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