Master in Elementary Education

University Of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Program Description

Master in Elementary Education

University Of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Master's Credential Cohort Program: Elementary Education

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective elementary school teachers through coursework and field experiences leading to an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Preliminary Multiple Subject teaching credential. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Candidates in the program develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers.

There are two formats to choose from: an accelerated 12-month program beginning in July or a two-year program beginning in the fall.The program includes two semesters of student teaching at two different grade levels and a cohort-based curriculum designed to foster collaboration and community. Applicants who are interested in the 12-month program should reach out to the admissions office before applying to the program.

Both formats currently offer discounted graduate tuition for all incoming students.

Upon graduation, our students are recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the preliminary multiple subject credential.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of the program go on to teach in self-contained classrooms in which all subjects are taught by the same instructor. Typically, these classrooms are found at the kindergarten through grade 6 levels. The preliminary multiple subject teaching credential enables students to teach in the California public and private schools and may be transferred to other states (regulations vary by state).

Who should apply?

This program is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession. Prospective students include recent graduates, career changers, and educators in need of a teaching credential. Teaching experience is helpful, particularly for candidates planning to complete their course of study in 12 months, but is not required.

Application Checklist

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application.
  • One official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities attended, including community colleges. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation fromWorld Education Services (WES).
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills, and if possible, to teaching abilities.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae.
  • The Statement of Purpose. Address each of the following three questions. Each response has a maximum length of 250 words, for a total maximum length of 750 words for the Statement of Purpose. When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.
    • Describe your purpose for becoming a teacher. How do you hope to influence students? What do you want to contribute to the profession?
    • There is much concern about issues of access, equity and privilege in education. What do these concepts mean to you? Describe an experience you've had with these issues. How did you respond? What did you learn from the experience?
    • To become effective educators, teachers need to be willing to persevere through challenges and learn from their experiences. Describe a time when you encountered a significant challenge. How did you respond to the challenge? What did you learn from the experience?
  • California state law requires that all credential-seeking students receive passing scores on the CBEST and CSET prior to student teaching. We strongly encourage all applicants to our MCC program to have passed the exam requirements prior to the application deadlines. If you are unable to sit for an administration of these exams prior to applying, you are encouraged to submit proof of registration for a future test date. Please note, enrollment into our programs will only be granted if all required examinations are successfully passed and reportable scores are received by the deadlines indicated below.
    • If admitted to the one-year, summer start program or 18-month, spring start program, be prepared to submit a copy of your official pdf score report for both CSET and CBEST by July 10, 2017in order to begin summer classes.
    • If admitted to the two-year, fall start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official score report for both the CSET and CBEST by last day of your fall semester classes, December 15, 2017in order to enroll in the following semester.

Special Information for applicants who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents

For an application to be considered for review, international applicants must complete the requirements listed below prior to submitting the application. These items are required by the state of California in order to participate in a Teacher Preparation Program, receive a teaching credential, and are considered part of our regular admission requirements.

Please note: the application fee is non-refundable.

Certificate of Clearance

If you are an international applicant on a student visa, a non-U.S. citizen, or a non-U.S. permanent resident, please note the following: in order to be eligible for student teaching, all applicants must complete a Certificate of Clearance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) prior to enrolling in our program.The Certificate of Clearance application requires a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).For information on obtaining an SSN or ITIN, visit the IRS website.All international applicants must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before the application deadline to be eligible for admission.

Student teaching is a mandatory component of our credential programs and is required in order to complete the required coursework and obtain a teaching credential. If a student is not able to begin student teaching, he/she will need to withdraw from the program. Applicants who are ineligible to obtain an SSN or ITIN should not apply to this program. If you have questions, please contact the SOLES Admissions and Outreach Office.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.

  • TOEFL minimum scores:
    • Internet-based test: 83
    • Computer-based test: 237
    • Paper-based test: 580
  • IELTS minimum score:
    • Band score 7

Program of Study

Overview

The Master’s Credential Cohort Multiple Subject Program is designed to prepare effective elementary teachers. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences.

Candidates in the program develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers. Faculty and students in the program are committed to teaching for social justice and promoting educational excellence and equity in all school settings.

The SOLES faculty enrich all programs and course offerings with the values, concepts, and themes that we all believe will help students become ethical, civic-minded and committed leaders in their chosen fields.

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program for Elementary Education consists of 48 units taken in a prescribed sequence. Two formats are available: an intensive one-year format beginning in July, a two-year format beginning in the fall semester, and an18-month format beginning in the spring. At orientation, students will receive, review and sign a Professional Agreement outlining the degree and credential requirements of their prescribed program.

Alumni Outcomes

Graduates of this program go on to receive their Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Our Credential Analyst works with each of our students one-on-one to guide them through the process of completing the requirements for the credential. USD Career Services staff also assist students and alumni by helping them to identify and apply for teaching positions.

Alumni Jobs

Graduates of this program are highly sought after. SOLES has been preparing teachers for decades, and in 2008 the decision was made to offer our secondary teaching credential program in conjunction with an M.Ed. through our innovative Master's Credential Cohort (MCC) Program. Due to the great success of the MCC program (including 100% post-graduation employment rates in most years), in 2011 the program's offerings were expanded to include an Elementary Education cohort.Read on to view the post-graduation job placements for each of our MCC elementary education cohorts.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 14, 2017
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1 - 2 years
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