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Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs

Program Overview At the University of San Diego, it is possible for students to graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree and a teacher credential. With an experienced faculty, small classes, personal advising and a curriculum that is constantly being tuned to top standards in the profession, we are confident in the quality of the teachers we are preparing for the future. We offer the following credentials: the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential (with an option to emphasize in bilingual cross-cultural language and academic development or BCLAD), for teaching in elementary education; the Preliminary Single Subject Credential, for teaching in secondary education; and the Level I Education Specialist Credential, for teaching in special education.

Multiple Subject Credential (with an option for BCLAD emphasis) The Multiple Subject Credential Program prepares students for teaching in a self-contained setting in elementary schools and some middle school classrooms. The program is completed along with the liberal studies major, which prepares students in the subjects taught in elementary school classrooms. Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject examination. A description of the liberal studies course is contained in the Undergraduate Bulletin. The BCLAD option is designed for teachers with oral and written fluency in Spanish and English, who are interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms.

Single Subject Credential The Single Subject Credential prepares students for teaching in departmentalized settings in secondary classrooms. This program is completed along with a major in a content area, which prepares the students in the subject matter they wish to teach. Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET subject matter examination or by completing an approved subject matter program (which differs from the major). Specific course requirements for approved programs can be obtained from the Office of Student Services in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and from the appropriate departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Multiple Subject Credential (with an option for BCLAD emphasis)

In order to pursue an academic program leading to a degree and teacher credential, students must declare their majors as early as possible. In addition, students are required to make a formal application to the Teacher Credential Program in the second semester of their sophomore years, or soon after declaring their majors, should that occur in the junior year. While applicants are evaluated based on a holistic method, the successful candidate for the program will demonstrate his or her candidacy in the following manner:

EDSP 389

Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education 3 units

EDUC 381

Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 units

EDUC 382

Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3 units

EDUC 383P

Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3 units

EDUC 384C

Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development 3 units

EDUC 385P

Elementary Curriculum Methods 6 units

EDUC 490S

Student Teaching Seminar

EDUC 490 P

Student Teaching 10 units

2 units

Single Subject Credential EDSP 389

Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education 3 units

EDUC 381

Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 units

EDUC 382

Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3 units

EDUC 332P

Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools

3 units

EDUC 334P

Methods of Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools 3 units

EDUC 384C

Methods of Teaching English Language and Development 3 units

EDUC 491S

Student Teaching Seminar 2 units

EDUC 491P

Student Teaching 10 units

Level I Education Specialist Credential: Professional Education Courses EDUC 375 Elementary Curriculum Methods for Special Educators 3 units EDUC 383P Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3 units EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development 3 units Common Core Classes

EDSP 389

Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education 3 units

EDSP 370

Assessment in Special Education 3 units

EDSP 371

Management of Behavior and Instruction 3 units

EDSP 372

Typical and Atypical Language Development 3 units

EDSP 373

Family Systems and Community/Cultural Resources 3 units

EDSP 379

Cultural, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Special Education 3 units

Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Characteristics and Needs or Typical/Atypical Development 3 units

Level I Education Specialist Credential (Special Education)

EDSP 374

Undergraduate students interested in becoming special education teachers have three different credential programs from which to choose: Mild/Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12); Moderate/Severe Disabilities (grades K-12); and Early Childhood Disabilities (Birth-Preschool-Kindergarten). To obtain a Level I Education Specialist Credential, students must major in liberal studies, complete the major requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences section of the Undergraduate Bulletin and take the appropriate special education professional coursework.

EDSP 376

EDSP 375

EDSP 378

EDSP 492P Practicum Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe 1-6 units

Distinguishing Features The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) endeavors to prepare students for leadership roles in teaching, counseling and administrative capacities. All of our academic programs, from the undergraduate to doctoral level, are grounded in a theoretical framework that incorporates teaching, coursework and research in each discipline. The following is a list of features that form the core scholastic components of the Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs:

• Curriculum that is constantly being tuned to top standards in the teaching profession. • Close collaboration with program faculty. • Dynamic inquiry-based program of studies. • Best practices infused into every course. • Emphasis on social justice and universal access. • Concentration on basic skills and concepts in content areas.

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Curriculum and Instruction 3 units

Early Childhood Disabilities Complete common core classes above and: Characteristics and Needs of Individuals 3 units

EDSP 374 EDSP 376

Typical, Atypical and Medical Development 3 units

EDSP 378

Curriculum and Instruction 3 units

EDSP 491P Practicum Early Childhood 1-6 units

Contact Information For more information about the Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs:

Kathy Estey Credential Program Specialist Phone: ( 619 ) 260-4159 E-mail: kestey@sandiego.edu For more information go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/prospective.

• Completed application. • Professional  letter of recommendation from a faculty member. • An  interview with a faculty member in the Department of Learning and Teaching. • A  minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework. • Passing  score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Application deadlines vary by semester and students should contact Kathy Estey at ( 619 ) 260-4159 or kestey@sandiego.edu for the most current deadlines.


http://www.sandiego.edu/soles/documents/programs/SOLESUndergraduateTeacherCredentialPrograms