Course Requirements

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers several programs to prepare teacher candidates for TK-12 grade levels. Candidates can pursue a standalone teaching credential or pursue a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with one or two credentials. 

Candidates can select from the following: 

  • Bilingual Authorization, allows teacher candidates to teach in a dual language instruction setting (Spanish). This is taken concurrently with the preliminary multiple subject credential. 
  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, self-contained classrooms typically found in elementary schools (K-6). 
  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential, for subject-matter teachers typically assigned to middle school and high school positions (7-12). 
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential for mild to moderate is appropriate for special education settings in grades TK-12 and ages TK-22. Commonly referred to as the special education credential. 

You can review the specific courses for each option below. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Common Courses 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 Multilingual 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: Pre-Referral to Collaborative Support3
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 553FGeneral Education Student Teaching and Seminar3
Total Units42

For Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Eligibility (42 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
Total Units42

For Preliminary Education Specialist Intern Credential Eligibility (44 units)

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
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 553FGeneral Education Student Teaching and Seminar3
EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
Total Units45

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

Common Courses - see above39
EDTE 553FGeneral Education Student Teaching and Seminar3
EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
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)

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Credential Candidates have the option of pursuing a Preliminary Multiple Subject credential with bilingual authorization and may also complete requirements towards a masters degree. In addition, candidates may also pursue a Preliminary Education Specialist credential (mild/moderate) if interested in inclusive/special education. The 39-51-unit credential and master program gives candidates the opportunity to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment and a capstone research project. Candidates undertake field experiences in bilingual/dual language programs each semester that are aligned with the courses for the semester and culminate in a full-time student teaching experience.

The Masters 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.

Courses Required for the Multiple Subject with Bilingual Authorization (39 Units)

EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for Multilingual Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment: Pre-Referral to Collaborative Support3
EDTE 518CEducating the LatinX Student: History & Culture3
EDTE 519PMethods for Language and Literacy in Spanish3
EDTE 520PBilingual Elementary Curriculum Methods I: Math and Science3
EDTE 521PBilingual Elementary Curriculum Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 556FBilingual/Dual Language Clinical Experience: Student Teaching3
Total Units39

To add an Education Specialist Credential (Special Education) add the following course (3 units):

EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
Total Units3

For a Masters degree add the following courses (9 units):

EDTE 514Educational Research Methods3
EDTE 515SCapstone Seminar 3
EDTE Elective (EDTE 500:599)3
Total Units9

Program Unit Options 

  • Multiple Subject Credential with Bilingual Authorization: 39 units
  • Multiple Subject Credential with Bilingual Authorization and an Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential: 42 units
  • Multiple Subject Credential with Bilingual Authorization and Masters Degree: 48
  • Multiple Subject Credential with Bilingual Authorization and an Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential and Master Degree: 51 units

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

Required Courses
EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 502PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
EDTE 503PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for Multilingual Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment: Pre-Referral to Collaborative Support3
EDTE 553FGeneral Education Student Teaching and Seminar3
Total Units33

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must complete the following steps:

  • Review the Steps to Earning Your Credential website
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Satisfy the the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Satisfy the Subject Matter Proficiency Requirement prior to student teaching
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of  
  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. 
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Exit Requirement

California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

Students are urged to meet regularly with the Academic Programs Manager, Sergio Rodriguez srodriguez@sandiego.edu or  (619) 260-7452 and the Credential Analyst, James McCarty jmccarty@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.   

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

Required Courses
EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 504PSecondary Methods I3
EDTE 505PSecondary Methods II: Social Science3
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 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for Multilingual Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment: Pre-Referral to Collaborative Support3
EDTE 553FGeneral Education Student Teaching and Seminar3
Total Units33

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must complete the following steps:

  • Review the Steps to Earning Your Credential website
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Satisfy the the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Satisfy the Subject Matter Proficiency Requirement prior to student teaching
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of  
  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. 
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Exit Requirement

California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

Students are urged to meet regularly with the Academic Programs Manager, Sergio Rodriguez   srodriguez@sandiego.edu or  (619) 260-7452 and the Credential Analyst, James McCarty   jmccarty@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Requirements for the Preliminary 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 Multilingual Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment: Pre-Referral to Collaborative Support3
EDTE 554FEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar - Mild Moderate3
Total Units33

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must complete the following steps:

  • Review the Steps to Earning Your Credential website
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Satisfy the the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Satisfy the Subject Matter Proficiency Requirement prior to student teaching
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of  EDTE 501P Methods for Language & Literacy
  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. 
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Exit Requirement

California Teacher Performance Assessment (EdSp CalTPA/CalTPA)

Contacts 

Students are urged to meet regularly with the Academic Programs Manager, Sergio Rodriguez srodriguez@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7452 and the Credential Analyst, James McCarty jmccarty@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.