Pathways to PK–12 Teaching
To become a teacher you need a California Preliminary Teaching Credential.
A teaching credential is a state-issued license to teach in a public school.
At SDSU there are 2 pathways to get your teaching credential!
About Traditional Credential Programs
Teaching credential programs are offered in the following subject areas:
Elementary School Teaching
- Multiple Subjects (K–6)
- Multiple Subjects (K–6) - Bilingual
Middle/High School Teaching
- Single Subject - Bilingual
- Single Subject (English)
- Single Subject (Mathematics)
- Single Subject (Science)
- Single Subject (Social Science)
- Single Subject (Art)
- Single Subject (Music)
- Single Subject (Physical Education)
- Early Childhood Specialization
- Mild/Moderate Specialization
- Moderate/Severe Specialization
About ITEP Programs
To ease the growing K-12 shortage in California, policymakers have made it possible for teacher preparation programs to provide “Integrated Teacher Education Programs” (ITEP), a new combination 4-year, bachelor and credential option.
ITEP combines the study of academic subjects with professional preparation courses and field experiences.
Currently, CSU teacher preparation programs are structured as fifth-year programs. Students first must earn a bachelor's degree in a discipline in 4 years and then enroll in a fifth-year teacher preparation program. ITEP allows students to enter the teaching profession immediately upon graduation.
ITEP is now recruiting in these high-need subject areas:
- General Education
- Bilingual Education
- Special Education
TESTIMONIALS: Hear Directly from Our Graduates
Why I Chose to Teach...
featuring Lenelle Wylie, High School Biology Teacher
featuring Joe Garland, Middle School Math Teacher
featuring Sofia De La Garza, Bilingual Elementary School Teacher
featuring Sarah Latoski-Jimenez, High School Special Ed. Teacher
and Angelia (Niecy) Watkins, Past Special Ed. Teacher and Current Special Ed. Administrator
It's a Good Time to Become a Teacher
San Diego is experiencing a significant teacher shortage.
The average total compensation package for SDUSD entry level teachers is $57,369!
Teachers Make a Difference!
You can encourage, motivate, challenge, engage, inspire and instill a love for learning in children.