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

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 by your institution 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 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: https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/learning-and-teaching/mission-statement.php. 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?

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, particularly for applicants to the 12-month program of study, 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 https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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) Special Education program offers a master’s degree and the preliminary education specialist credential program with mild/moderate authorization. The program prepares candidates to work with students with disabilities from kindergarten through 22 years of age. The combination of theory and practical experience provides graduates with a solid understanding, knowledge and skill set to function as highly effective special educators. The credential and degree programs are nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. Candidates use an action research inquiry based model to demonstrate their credential and master’s degree competency.  At the conclusion of the program, successful candidates will have earned a Master’s in Special Education with a Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential with mild to moderate disabilities. 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 Special Education and 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 514Educational Research Methods3
EDTE 515SCapstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment 3
EDTE 551PClinical Experience 1: Practicum1
EDTE 552PClinical Experience 2: Extended Practicum2
EDTE 553FClinical Experience 3: Student Teaching I3
EDTE 554FClinical Experience 4: Student Teaching II3
EDTE 5XX (Elective: Global Experience) 13
or EDUC 5XX
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 if required the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) 

Course List
EDTE 500P Diversity, Inclusion & Schooling 3
EDTE 501P Methods for Language & Literacy 3
EDTE 502P or 504P Elementary Methods I: Math & Science/ Secondary Methods I 3
EDTE 510P Educational Psychology 3
EDTE 503P or 505P-509P Elementary Methods II: Humanities /Secondary Methods II 3
EDTE 511P Equity & Advocacy in Educational Systems 3
EDTE 512P Methods for English Learners 3
EDTE 517P Assessment 3
EDTE 513P Positive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement 3
EDTE 514 Educational Research Methods 3
EDTE 553F Clinical Experience 3: Student Teaching I 2 3
EDTE 5XX or EDUC 5xx (Elective: Global Experience) 1 3
EDTE 515S Capstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516 Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 554F Clinical Experience 4: Student Teaching II 2 3
1Choose 3 units of elective with Advisor Approval.
If Intern, the candidate must enroll in 1-unit EDTE 555F.

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)

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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