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Whether you are thinking about a career in teaching or you are a seasoned educator, we are here to support you. Explore our programs to find what is right for you. 

  • Teacher Credential Programs

    CSUSM School of Education Credential Programs are post-baccalaureate, which means you enter them after your earn your bachelor’s degree unless you are in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) as an undergraduate student. Our programs support you in pursuing and eventually obtaining three basic types of teaching credentialing: Multiple Subject (for teaching preK through 8th grades) and Single Subject (for teaching 9th through 12 grades) and Special Education (all grades). Our programs include certification to work with second language learners and coursework with classroom participation/observation and clinical practice/student teaching. We also offer a BCLAD Spanish Emphasis for bilingual students. All our programs start in the Fall and are full time. 

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    Multiple Subject Credential Program 


    • Allows you to teach in self-contained classrooms typically found in Elementary Schools
    • Graduates of the program will hold a Multiple Subject Credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners
    • This program offers different options:
      • Elementary School (ICP or Traditional)
      • BCLAD Emphasis: Spanish

    Middle Level Credential Program 


    • Prepares teachers to teach in both self-contained and/or departmentalized classrooms with an emphasis on teaching middle school
    • Emphasizes the unique needs of young adolescents in addition to content pedagogy
    • Results in a Multiple-Subject Credential and at least one Single Subject credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners. Three additional Single Subject credentials can be earned based on demonstrated subject matter competence.

    Single Subject Credential Program 

    • The Single Subject Program prepares teacher candidates for secondary classrooms (grades 6-12) in Math, Science, English, Physical Education, World Languages (Spanish), and Social Sciences.
    • The program coursework and field experiences are all held in person, with a few courses held partly in online settings (asynchronous or synchronous online).
    • The Single Subject Program places students in middle and high school settings throughout North County San Diego. Students are placed in one setting in the fall and another setting in the spring.
    • While completing the Single Subject Program, teacher candidates can also add on a second credential at no additional cost, which can enhance their teaching skills and job prospects.

    Special Education Credential Program 

    • Allows you to teach in self-contained and/or departmentalized classrooms
    • Graduates of the program will hold Mild Moderate Support Needs and Extensive Support Needs credentials and a Multiple Subject Credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners
    • Candidates have the option for a Master of Arts in Special Education degree

    Learn about admission requirements and apply for our credential programs 

    Learn about undergraduate pathways to our credential programs 

  • Graduate Programs

    CSUSM School of Education Graduate Programs offer part-time and full-time enrollment, and are designed to support the professional development of teachers, educators, school principals, and leaders in education. We offer in person, hybrid, and online programs and courses.   

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    M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction

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    M.A. in Special Education 


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    M.A. in Multilingual & Multicultural Education (Online) 

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    M.A. in Reading, Language & Literacy (Online) 

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    M.A. and Advanced Credential in Educational Administration

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    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

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    Apply for our graduate programs 

  • Certificates

    CSUSM School of Education Certificate Programs are designed for those who want to develop or strengthen their skills in education. Courses create opportunities for further exploration of a particular area of study and expertise of the students.  

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    Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

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    Dual Language 


    • designed for educators to meet the growing needs of dual and multilingual education at local, national and international levels.
    • examines a variety of school-based models to offer candidates, teachers and school administrators an opportunity to better understand the theoretical principles, research, and instructional practices of teaching and learning in dual language immersion settings.
    • Graduate units can be applied toward a master's degree at CSUSM.

    Multicultural Specialist

    • prepares educators to take on leadership roles for social change. 
    • Areas of focus include:  multicultural curriculum development; differentiated instruction for English learners, culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with special needs; and working collaboratively with families and communities.
    • Graduate units can be applied toward a master's degree at CSUSM.

    Leadership in Middle Level Education

    • allows teachers to deepen their knowledge about the unique needs of young adolescents as well best practices in developmentally responsive middle schools. 
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    Reading and Literacy Authorization


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    Bilingual Authorization

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Learn more about Financial Support to enroll in our programs