The Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation (DDTP) program is specifically designed to serve students who are passionate about pursuing a career in teaching. Students are able to begin working toward their professional goals as early as the first semester of their freshman year. Graduates of the five-year program leave campus with a:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master of Arts in Teaching degree
- California teaching credential
* multiple or single subject, issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Intro to the Teaching Profession (INTD 110), the first course in the program, is required for all entering DDTP students. It is also open to any USF student who would like to explore the possibility of a teaching career, but may not feel ready to commit to a special program.
During the first four years, students will complete the requirements for their major while also taking graduate-level courses within the School of Education, resulting in the completion of a bachelor’s degree and the first half of a master’s degree. Students will not formally apply for admission to the School of Education until their senior year.
Master’s Degree Options
At the end of the fifth year, after successful completion of all requirements, students will receive their master's degree and preliminary teaching credential.
Early Field Experience
Our early field experience program pairs volunteer mentor teachers from local public and private schools with DDTP students. The experience allows students to explore the teaching profession in greater depth by applying their course knowledge in practical settings.
DDTP students work with mentor teachers in the classroom setting for a minimum of 42 hours in a given semester (fall or spring) in a specific grade level and discipline. Concurrently, students attend a course designed to complement learning in the field, and facilitate application of theories and principles of learning. Each student will receive guidance from the field supervisor, placement coordinator, and their course instructor.
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