Program Requirements

Online Application:

Note: Applicants pursuing MEd with Credential(s) only need to submit one application: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. You will select your credential option(s) within the program details in the online application. 

  • 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.

Resumé:

  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

Address each of the following three questions in a maximum of 750 words (250 words per question). When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.

  1. Read the mission of the Department of Learning and Teaching. 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?

  2. Describe your purpose for becoming a school teacher. How do you hope to impact students and communities?

  3. 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 June 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 testing site closures, the deadline is extended to August 31, 2020 to submit official scores. We will update this page as more information becomes available. 
  • Fall 2020 program, submit official CSET and CBEST test scores by December 2020. 

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 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Common Course for Masters Credential Program (39 units)

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 509P Secondary Methods II: World Language
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 Elective (500:599 or Study Abroad Course)3
Total Units39

For Multiple or Single Subject Credential Eligibility (42 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 553FClinical Experience: General Education Student Teaching3
Total Units42

For Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Eligibility (42 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 554FClinical Experience: Education Specialist Student Teaching3
Total Units42

For Preliminary Education Specialist Intern Credential Eligibility (44 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 554FClinical Experience: Education Specialist Student Teaching3
EDTE 555FField Placement Support 11
EDTE 555FField Placement Support 11
Total Units44

For Multiple or Single Subject Credential and Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Eligibility (45 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 553FClinical Experience: General Education Student Teaching3
EDTE 554FClinical Experience: Education Specialist Student Teaching3
Total Units45

For Preliminary Education Specialist Intern Credential and Multiple or Single Subject Credential Eligibility (47 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 553FClinical Experience: General Education Student Teaching3
EDTE 554FClinical Experience: Education Specialist Student Teaching3
EDTE 555FField Placement Support 11
EDTE 555FField Placement Support 11
Total Units47

Program Unit Options 

  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Preliminary Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential: 42 units
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with one credential and Intern Eligibility 44 units
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with two credentials: 45 units
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with two credential and Intern Eligibility: 47 units

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 - Masters

Capstone Research Project 

Exit Requirement - Credential

California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

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.


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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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