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Welcome to the School of Education!  Whether you're a student thinking about getting into teaching, a teacher looking to advance your career, or a professional looking to switch fields, the School of Education has a program for you.

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Fall 2023 Credential Program
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  • Undergraduate Programs

    B.A. in Liberal Studies: Integrated Teacher Education Program Option (ITEP)

    The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) option in Liberal Studies offers an excellent curricular pathway to students interested in a career in elementary or middle school teaching (grades K-8).

    B.A. in Liberal Studies: Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program Option (ESM)

    The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) option in Liberal Studies offers an excellent curricular pathway to students interested in a career in elementary or middle school teaching (grades K-8).

    B.A. in Mathematics with Single Subject Matter Preparation (SSMP)

    Students interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level may wish to complete the Single Subject Matter Preparation (SSMP) Program in Mathematics.

    B.A. in History with Single-Subject Preparation for Teaching

    Students interested in majoring in History and teaching at the secondary level may elect the Single-Subject Option in History/Social Science. 

    Minor in Education Studies

    The Minor in Education Studies, consisting of 21 units, offers students a program of interdisciplinary study in several aspects of education from its history and roots, to culturally responsive pedagogy, to youth development, to mathematics and the arts.

    Undergraduate Program Details

  • Credential Programs

    Elementary School

    • Multiple Subject Credential Program

    Middle School

    • Middle Level Education Program

    Secondary School - Middle & High

    • Single Subject Credential Program

    Special Education

    • Concurrent with Multiple Subject
    • Add-On or Add-On internship for candidates who already hold a Single or Multiple Subject Credential

    All Credential Programs

  • Master Programs

    The M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction is designed for K-12 credentialed educators who wish to broaden their understandings of education as well as deepen their knowledge and skills as teachers. The program provides opportunities for students to develop advanced understandings and capacities related to curriculum development, to interrogate the many ways in which students and their families experience marginalization and exclusion in schools, and to conduct original research to address inequities in schooling. It is recommended that educators begin this program after clearing their CA credential and/or after gaining at least 2 years of full-time classroom teaching experience.

    M.A. in Multilingual & Multicultural Education

    The Master of Arts in Multilingual and Multicultural Education centers on a critical examination of issues of educational equity, diversity and social justice with a focus on students and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    M.A. in Educational Administration

    The Master of Arts in Educational Administration  program qualifies candidates for a Certificate of Eligibility for the Preliminary Educational Administration Services credential (PASC). This program has a focus on K-12 education using a lens of cultural proficiency and equity.  Candidates also conduct meaningful field experience work in school settings.

    M.A. in Reading, Language & Literacy

    Courses within Literacy Education prepare teachers to assist other teachers and administrators in creating literacy programs that promote not only the learning of reading and writing, but also the learning of subject matter across the curriculum. Candidates may earn a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization, a Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential, or use courses within this area to satisfy the 21-unit course electives required for the M.A. Literacy Education Option.
    The Master of Arts in Special Education and Credential Option is specifically designed for teachers who hold a valid basic teaching credential who are seeking both a master’s degree and a career path in special education by adding on the Mild/Moderate and the Moderate/Severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential(s).
  • Doctorate Program

    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

    The Joint Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is offered through a partnership of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). It is designed as a professional degree for P-12 school and postsecondary leaders who will develop advanced leadership and research skills related to the advancement of the P-12 educational community. This program views the students' workplace as a powerful laboratory for their own study. Students will conduct research on professional practice within their own institutions, addressing specific local problems that have national implications for teaching and learning, school reform, and professional development. Students completing the program will receive a joint degree from UCSD and CSUSM.

  • Advanced Credentials

    Educational Administration

    CSUSM’s fully online Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is designed to connect theory and practice to train and prepare K-12 school administrators. Lead an institution with strong values, improve curriculum and instruction, effectively manage budgets and personnel, prepare for the CAL Administrator Performance Assessment and much more.

    Reading, Language and Literacy

    CSUSM’s fully online Master of Arts in Reading, Language and Literacy program provides advanced preparation in reading and language arts assessment and instruction. The coursework is immediately applicable and prepares you to work within a variety of settings to maximize learning for diverse student populations.

    Speech-Language Pathology

    The MS in Speech-Language Pathology program will prepare students for practice in the field of speech-language pathology. This program will prepare individuals to practice across the entire scope of the field. For more details, see the MS SLP Flyer.

  • Certificates

    Applied Behavior Analysis

    This completely online certificate program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Behavior analysts provide services to individuals, families, group homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, industrial and business settings, and other agencies working with individuals who require intensive behavioral training and/or consultation. Special populations such as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities have been shown to benefit greatly from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. ABA is also frequently used in the field of education for both neuro-typical students and students with disabilities.

    Dual Language

    The local Dual Language Certificate issued by the School of Education is designed for educators to meet the growing needs of dual and multilingual education at local, national and international levels.  The certificate program 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.

    Leadership in Middle Level Education

    The Certificate for Advanced Study in 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. Holders of the Certificate will understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development, and use that knowledge in their practice. By analyzing the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and candidates learn to work successfully within middle level organizational components. The purpose of the Certificate is to help educators enhance their complex roles as educators of young adolescents.

    Multicultural Specialist

    The Multicultural Specialist Certificate 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.

  • Authorizations

    Bilingual Authorization

    The Bilingual Authorization equips bilingual teachers with effective, research-based bilingual - bicultural instructional strategies and is valued by employers.  The bilingual authorization can be added to any credential and provides eight units of masters level credit.

    Reading and Literacy Authorization

    The School of Education offers a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program as a focus area within the General Option in the Master’s Program. The purpose of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to assist other teachers and administrators in the areas of the language arts – reading, writing, listening, speaking – both in creating literacy programs and across the curriculum.