Degree Requirements

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.

USD offers a five-year Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP) Program offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, resulting in the conferral of a BA in Liberal Studies, a preliminary Multiple Subject teaching credential, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. The CTEP program allows students to complete the BA in Liberal Studies at the end of the fourth year of the program, will obtain the preliminary Multiple Subject teaching credential after the ninth semester (4.5 years), once the full-time student teaching has been completed, and receive the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction after completion of the fifth year. Please contact Margaret Daley, mdaley@sandiego.edu, PhD, Liberal Studies Program Director, for additional details as program sequencing will vary.

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.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 316Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential 19
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential 13
Total Units42

Additional Requirements

Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET: Multiple Subject examination. A description of the Liberal Studies major is contained in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this course catalog. Depending on the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for the liberal studies major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, as graduate students. Students complete their undergraduate major and the professional preparation coursework.

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

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a multiple subject candidate
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1877 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of  EDTE 301P Methods for Language & Literacy
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching (EDUC 490P). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. 
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses
  • 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 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.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 304PSecondary Methods I3
EDTE 305PSecondary Methods II: Social Science3
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 316Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential 19
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 13
Total Units42

Additional Requirements

Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET subject matter examination. Math majors may waive the CSET by completing an approved subject matter program. Depending on the approved program requirements and the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for an approved program and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, or all of their professional preparation coursework as graduate students. Specific course requirements for the math approved program can be obtained from the math department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will complete professional preparation coursework.

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

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a multiple subject candidate
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1877 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the CSET subject matter examination prior to applying to student teach or all requirements of the approved math program before student teaching
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching (EDUC 491P ). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. 
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses
  • 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 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.

Requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
or EDTE 304P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
or EDTE 305P Secondary Methods II: Social Science
or EDTE 306P Secondary Methods II: Science
or EDTE 307P Secondary Methods II: Mathematics
or EDTE 308P Secondary Methods II: English
or EDTE 309P Secondary Methods II: World Language
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 316Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities 19
EDSP 490SEducation Specialist Student Teaching and Seminar-Mild Moderate 13
Total Units42

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning an Education Specialist Credential with Mild/Moderate Authorization must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST(California Basic Educational Skills Test)
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1877 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of EDTE 301P Methods for Language & Literacy
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching EDSP 490P. Admission to the education special credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher is required in all professional preparation
  • Complete all California credential application papers and pay proper fees

Exit Requirement - Credential

California Teacher Performance Assessment (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.