Begin Your Teaching Career

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

The Learning and Teaching Department offers programs to prepare you for the preliminary teaching credential required by California schools. You will work with students in San Diego's own diverse community and start making a difference while mastering the teaching skills needed to make a real-world impact. Whether you want to earn a credential part-time or take on a program full-time, we have options available for you.

Students who embark on their teaching career with USD have the opportunity to take control of their educational journey, with the option to add on courses and earn their master's in education along with their credential. Additionally, USD students are in high demand for teaching jobs, with nearly 100% employment at graduation.

Preliminary Teaching Credential Eligibility

Begin your teaching career by choosing from the three preliminary credentials offered at SOLES: Multiple Subject (K-6), Single Subject (7-12), Special Education (Mild-Moderate).

This is the first step to develop the skills, strategies, and knowledge to flourish as an educator who makes a positive impact long after your students leave your classroom.

Did You Know?

Did you know that earning a Masters in Education can benefit your teaching career, both personally and professionally? Teachers with an MEd degree: 

  • Acquire deeper insight into the theoretical and practical applications of education theory
  • Develop leadership skills applicable to the classroom and school site
  • Are equipped to conduct research about teaching practices 
  • See an increase in salary and career growth opportunities

Pursue a Master in Education with a credential(s) simultaneously and further your skills as an educator and leader while enjoying career stability and success.

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

Earn your MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and choose from: 

You also have the option to add a second credential in Special Education.

MEd in Special Education

Earn your MEd in Special Education while completing the courses for:
  • Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential for Mild to Moderate (M/M) Disabilities
    • Authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.