Credential Programs

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers several credential programs to prepare teacher candidates for the 12th grade level and below: the Multiple Subject credential, the Single Subject credential and the Education Specialist credential. The Multiple Subject credential is appropriate for self-contained classrooms typically found in elementary schools. The Single Subject credential is for subject-matter teachers typically assigned to middle school and high school positions. The Education Specialist credentials in Mild/Moderate appropriate for special education settings in grades K-12 and adults to 22.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Credential Programs in the Department of Learning and Teaching

See here for basic admission requirements.

Entrance Semesters Summer, Fall or Spring
Application Deadlines Visit https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/admission-and-aid/deadlines.php
Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Standardized Admission Test CBEST (California Best Educational Skills Test)
CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers)
Passing scores on both the CBEST and CSET exams required prior to student teaching
Additional Requirements Resume
Statement of Purpose
Two letters of recommendation
Interview for applicants who meet the preliminary selection criteria may be required

Multiple Subject Credential

The Multiple Subject program is designed for those interested in teaching in elementary grades. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Multiple Subject credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Multiple Subject credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. All candidates for the credential must submit either a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment prior to admittance to the program, or evidence of having registered for taking the basic skills exam at its next offering.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

I. Courses (36 units)

Required Courses
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 585PElementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms6
EDUC 590SStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Seminar 11-3
EDUC 590PStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Practicum 11-9
1

EDUC 590S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 590P.

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Multiple Subjects, RICA. The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching;

  • 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. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.

Single Subject Credential

The Single Subject credential is designed to prepare candidates to teach subjects in a departmentalized situation typically found in middle and high schools. To demonstrate subject matter competency, candidates must meet the academic requirements of a USD-approved subject matter program, or pass the appropriate CSET examination in the subject field in which they wish to teach. The CSET exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit scores on the CSET exam prior to being admitted into the credential program. USD currently has one CCTC approved subject matter program in the area of Mathematics.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

I. Courses (33 units)

Required Courses
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 532PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 534PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 591SStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Seminar 13
EDUC 591PStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Practicum 19
1

EDUC 591S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 591P.

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST, CSET or successful completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program prior to student teaching;

United States 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. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance;

  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult