MEd Elementary Education Credential

*Now accepting applications for Fall 2019

  • 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
      • Copy of Official Transcript
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information
    • Letters of Recommendation and International Transcript Evaluations must be received by the program deadline to complete your application.


  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.

    • Please upload a scanned copy of your unofficial transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor's degree. Unofficial transcripts can typically be obtained one of two ways:
      1) Recommended - Visit your alma mater's Registrar's or Records Office's website, and look for the link and instructions to request an unofficial transcript.
      2) Order an official transcript sent to yourself, and then open and scan it for upload to your application. Scanning your official transcript makes it unofficial.

      Print-outs from online student portals are not acceptable 
  • 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: If admitted to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, you will be required to submit an official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities from which you received credit, including community colleges.

    • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to
    • Transcripts from study abroad courses 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.


  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

The 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.
  • The Mission of the Department of Learning and Teaching can be found at: What does this mission 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?

International Applicants:

  • Official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.
    • TOEFL minimum scores:
      • Internet-based test: 83
      • Computer-based test: 237
      • Paper-based test: 580
    • IELTS minimum score:
      • Band score 7
  • Transcripts from universities outside of the United States must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

Admission Requirements

CSET and CBEST Requirements (Specific Requirements for Credentialing)

California state law requires that all credential-seeking students receive passing scores on the CBEST and CSET prior to student teaching. While not required, we strongly encourage all applicants to our MCC 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. Please note, enrollment into our programs will only be granted if all required examinations are successfully passed and reportable scores are received by the deadlines indicated below. *Some applicants may qualify to waive the CBEST requirement.
  • If admitted to the one-year, summer start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official pdf score report for both CSET and CBEST by July 9, 2018, or July 2019 if applying to the Summer 2019 program in order to begin summer classes.
  • If admitted to the two-year, fall start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official score report for both the CSET and CBEST by last day of your fall semester classes, December 14, 2018, or December 2019 if applying to the Fall 2019 program in order to enroll in the following semester.
  • California Subject Matter Competence Examination Requirement
  • California Basic Educational Skills Examination Requirement
    • Pass the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) or complete the alternate basic skills requirement.
      • Pass all three sections of the CBEST (reading, mathematics, and writing). You may take one, two, or three sections at a given test administration.
    • Plan to take the CBEST examination early in the application process. Submit all passing scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
      • We can only accept the official pdf copy that was emailed to you.
    • For information on the CBEST, visit
    • Alternate option to meet the CA Basic Educational Skills Requirement: Pass the CSET Writing Skills Test.
      • Multiple Subject candidates may meet the basic skills requirement by passing the Writing Skills Examination on the CSET Exam, Subtest 142, in addition to the full CSET requirement. 

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. For more information on preparing for the GRE, visit USD's Test Prep or call (619) 260-4585.

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, particularly for applicants to the 12-month program of study, but is not required for admission.


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.

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.

Application Deadline:

All application materials, including transcripts, test score reports, and letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered. View current deadlines for admission

Submit all application materials online, or to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

For questions about this program or the admissions requirements contact:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
University of San Diego
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143

Phone: (619) 260-7988

Application Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received or to check the status of your application, please log in to the MySanDiego portal. Admissions decision are sent via email and US Mail.

Degree Courses

EDTE 500P Diversity, Inclusion & Schooling 3
EDTE 501P Methods for Language & Literacy 3
EDTE 502P Elementary Methods I: Math & Science 3
or EDTE 504P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 503P Elementary Methods II: Humanities 3
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 510P Educational Psychology 3
EDTE 511P Equity & Advocacy in Educational Systems 3
EDTE 512P Methods for English Learners 3
EDTE 513P Positive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement 3
EDTE 514 Educational Research Methods 3
EDTE 515S Capstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516 Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517P Assessment 3
EDTE 551P Clinical Experience 1: Practicum 1
EDTE 552P Clinical Experience 2: Extended Practicum 2
EDTE 553F Clinical Experience 3: Student Teaching I 3
EDTE 554F Clinical Experience 4: Student Teaching II 3
EDTE 5XX Course EDTE 5XX Not Found (Elective: Global Experience) 1 3
or EDUC 5XX Course EDUC 5XX Not Found
Total Units 48

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 if required the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)