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Teacher Education Department

Preliminary California Multiple or Single Subject Teaching
Credential Program with MA Degree

Producing some of the top educators in California.


Choose Your Master's Program

All credential students also enroll in one of the following master's programs:

Designed primarily to prepare students as classroom instructors, the programs draw on USF's talented faculty and exceptional academic curriculum to train outstanding educators. Special focus is on philosophical inquiry, social justice and concern for individual differences in the development of children.

Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

Preliminary Single Subject Credential
Single Subject Credentials are offered in English, Math, Science, and Social Science. Additional single subject credential options may be possible at Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, and Santa Rosa branch campuses.

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Students who successfully complete these programs are recommended by USF to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential with optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.

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Your Teacher Education Experience

  • Curriculum is designed to integrate academic coursework with field experience.
  • Programs prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in both public and private schools.
  • Students work closely with the teacher education faculty, who are committed to social justice and community.
  • Our classes are small compared with other teacher education programs.
  • Completion of the teaching credential and Master of Arts in Teaching is typically 3 to 4 semesters. Students enrolled in our other master's programs will need more time to complete all requirements.

Teacher Education at Branch Campuses

student_blueStudents can complete the program in San Francisco or at one of our branch campuses in a cohort-based setting at Sacramento, San Jose, Pleasanton, or Santa Rosa. For more information contact:

Sandi Fenderson, Ed.D., Associate Director, Teacher Education Branch Campus Programs
Telephone: (415) 422-5639
Email: safenderson@usfca.edu


Distinctive Features of Teacher Education at USF

  • Certificate in Teaching K-12 Reading
  • Optional public school internship program for candidates who have been offered employment by a school district.
  • San Francisco Teacher Residency. Train for a transformative career teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District while earning your M.A. degree and credential.
  • An undergraduate dual-degree program in conjunction with the USF College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) is available (depending on state funding). For information, call (415) 422-2117 or email: hhuynh@usfca.edu.

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Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs

California Title II Report: Teacher Preparation (Credential) Program examination passage rates. (USF information can be found on page 65 of the entire document if using the search box, or page 24 of the actual assessment rates section.) http://www.ctc.ca.gov/reports/TitleII_2010-2011_AnnualRpt.pdf