Attend Our Open House on Feb. 1
Learn about our programs, meet faculty, and get a $55 application fee waiver.
The GRE is only required for doctoral applicants. None of our credential or master’s degree programs require the GRE. However, please read #7, below, to see if your intended program of study has any additional testing requirements.
No, all applications must be submitted online.
We will require a new application and fee, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. If you are applying for a doctoral program and your GRE or MAT scores are more than five years old, we will require new test scores. Depending on when you applied, we may still have your transcripts. Contact the School of Education Office of Admission and Outreach at (415) 422-5467 and we will gladly check.
If you earned a bachelor’s or other degree from USF, we will likely have access to your transcripts. However, we may need transcripts from any outside institution(s) you attended. Please contact the School of Education Office of Admission and Outreach at (415) 422-5467 to verify if your transcripts are on file.
The application fee is $55. It is non-refundable however we do gladly provide application fee waivers to students for attending admission events like open houses or information sessions. Visit our events page for information on upcoming events.
Teaching Credential Applicants:
In addition to the general admission requirements, you must also have:
Applicants to the Teacher Education Department at USF's additional locations are eligible to complete their credential in the following subject areas:
Students enrolled at the Pleasanton, Sacramento, or Santa Rosa locations:
Students enrolled at the San Jose location:
CSET scores are valid for five years from date the test was completed.
SF Teacher residency and Urban Education and Social Justice applicants can be admitted conditionally with CSET pending.
Teaching credential applicants living outside California at the time of their application should contact the department for testing requirements.
See full details on CTC website.
Copies of passing scores can be accepted until official scores are submitted.
In our admission process we carefully consider everything you submit. Grades and test scores are important, but we also learn about you through your letters of recommendation and personal statement. Please view these documents as opportunities to share your academic and professional goals, to discuss your reasons for selecting our program, and to highlight work/volunteer/personal experiences that will help you succeed as a graduate student.
Typically, we look for master’s degree candidates with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and doctoral candidates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If your GPA falls below these numbers, talk to us before you apply.
Programs review applications after the priority deadlines. We will continue to accept applications on a space available basis. In most cases an application will be reviewed and a letter will be sent within four to six weeks of the application being complete. A complete application means that ALL required materials are on file with the School of Education, including all letters of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores. You may call the School of Education Office of Admission and Outreach at (415) 422-5467 if you have specific questions about this process.
Admitted students must submit a $250 tuition deposit to hold a place in our programs. The deposit is non-refundable and will be applied toward your first semester’s tuition.
Students register for classes online prior to attending orientation. All new students participate in a mandatory orientation program prior to their first semester of enrollment. Additional information about new student orientation and registration will be sent to you after you are admitted. In the first semester, tuition is due shortly after you register for classes. Thereafter, you will follow general payment deadlines set by the university.
Yes. Most admission decisions can be deferred for one semester or a full year. Programs that only admit once per year will only allow you to defer to the following year.
Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Courses must not have been used to earn a previous degree. Transfer credit is limited to 6 semester units for master’s students and 12 semester units for doctoral students. In the School of Education, General Education core requirements may not be satisfied by transfer credits. Please contact the School of Education Office of Admission and Outreach at (415) 422-5467 if you have specific questions about transfer credits.
All School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday. Please consult your intended program of study for more information.
On average, master’s and credential programs can be completed in 2 years; doctoral programs, in 3 to 5 years.
This varies by program, but most students take between 2 and 4 courses (6 to 12 credits) per semester. To be considered a full time student for financial aid purposes, master’s and doctoral students must enroll in at least 6 credits per semester. Credential-only students must enroll in at least 12 credits per semester.
Most programs require that test scores are submitted before your file is reviewed and an admission decision is made. If you cannot submit test scores as part of your application packet, your file will not be reviewed until the test scores are received. Please see #7 for some exclusions to this rule.
No, the School of Education does not offer online programming at this time.