In 1948, the University established the Department of Education under the leadership of Paul J. Harney, S.J. From its inception and through the decades of the 1950's and the 1960's the Department had a highly reputed teacher preparation program. In addition to the teacher preparation program, the School offered several masters degree programs.

In 1972 the Board of Trustees established the School of Education and in 1975 the first doctoral students were admitted to study for the newly approved Doctor of Education degree. From 1975 to 1980 the enrollment grew rapidly in the doctoral programs; in addition, innovative master's degree and credential programs were offered off-campus at various sites throughout the state. Currently, the School enjoys a well-established reputation as a leading School of Education dedicated to meeting the needs of professional educators through academic programs, research and other services.

The USF School of Education offers a variety of pre-service and in-service programs to persons committed to careers in education.

The University is authorized by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing to recommend candidates for:

Basic Teaching Credentials

  • Multiple Subject
  • Multiple Subject Bilingual Authorization
  • Single Subject
  • Single Subject Bilingual Authorization

Service and Specialist Credentials

  • Preliminary Administrative Services
  • Clear Administrative Services
  • Pupil Personnel Services
  • Special Education Mild/Moderate Education Specialist

The School of Education currently offers the following degree programs in:

Master of Arts

  • Counseling Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Catholic Educational Leadership with or without a concentration in Religious Education
  • Catholic School Teaching
  • Digital Media and Learning
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Human Rights Education
  • International and Multicultural Education
  • Organization and Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with or without a concentration in Digital Media and Learning
  • Teaching
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Urban Education and Social Justice

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

  • Catholic Educational Leadership
  • International and Multicultural Education
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Organization and Leadership
  • Special Education