Master’s Degree Programs

Master’s degree programs in the Department of Learning and Teaching candidate outcomes are designed in congruence with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ A.C.E. conceptual framework, in which “A” represents “Academic Excellence, Critical Inquiry and Reflection,” “C” stands for “Community and Service,” and “E” represents “Ethics, Values and Diversity.”

Initial programs are offered concurrently with teaching credential programs and include teaching experience. These include Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Credential Cohort, the Master of Special Education Master’s Credential Cohort, a Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP) offered in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, and all undergraduate and graduate standalone credential programs. Advanced degree programs include the Master of Education in TESOL, Literacy and Culture. The department also offers a fully Online Master of Education degree with specializations in Curriculum Instruction, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), Literacy and Digital Learning, Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design, and School Leadership.

Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP)

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 (, PhD, Liberal Studies Program Director, for additional details as program sequencing will vary.

Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching. With approval, candidates may transfer in up to 6 units from other graduate programs and/or institutions. Continuing education units are not accepted for graduate credit.