Prerequisite Courses and Course Equivalencies

Credential Program Materials

Prerequisite courses

The following courses must be completed, within the past 7 years, with a grade of “C”, "credit/pass" or better prior to entering the program. These courses cannot be taken concurrently with the program, but they may be in progress at the time of application (or taken in the summer prior to admission into the program).  If you are interested, these prerequisites are part of the Cultural Proficiency Minor - Teaching for Transformation Strand. Please visit the Cultural Proficiency Minor website for more infomation.

  • ED 451, “Introduction to Multicultural Education” (3 units)
  • TE 280, “Health Education for Teachers” (1 unit) or CFD 278, "Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children" (2 units)
  • SPED 450, “Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations” (3 units) or CFD 590, “Children with Special Needs” (4 units)
  • *MATH 210, “Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics” (3 units) (Multiple Subjects Only)

Prerequisite courses - Bilingual

  • ED 451, “Introduction to Multicultural Education” (3 units)
  • TE 280, “Health Education for Teachers” (1 unit) 
  • SPED 450, “Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations” (3 units) 
  • DLE 515, "Multilingual Educational Theory and Practice" (3 units)
  • MATH 210, “Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics” (3 units) (Multiple Subjects Only)

Prerequisite courses - Special Education

  • SPED 450: Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations (3 units)
    (Note: if you have previously taken SPED 500, that will be accepted in lieu of SPED 450)
  • SPED 501: Typical & Atypical Learning Processes (3 units)
  • SPED 502: Field Experiences in General and Special Education (1 unit)
  • SPED 527: SPED in a Pluralistic Society (3 units)
  • DLE 915A: Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: ELD/SDAIE (3 units)

If you are applying to the Special Education, Early Childhood credential program, then you must take all the courses above and the following course.  This course can be taken in the first Fall semester in the credential program:

  • SPED 528: Young Children with Disabilities and their Families (3 units, offered in the Fall semester only)

Course Equivalencies

Course Equivalencies for San Diego Area Schools

The following table shows approved pre-requisites from other schools in the San Diego area.

Please Note: The courses listed below as credential program equivalents may or may not satisfy undergraduate degree requirements. Please see your undergraduate advisor for more details.

College/ University ED 451 MATH 210 TE 280 SPED 450*
CSU San Marcos EDUC 364 MATH 210 EDUC 571 EDUC 501
Coastline Community College N/A Math C104 (online) N/A N/A
Cuyamaca & Grossmont Colleges N/A MATH 125 HED 105 or 120 N/A
Feather River College N/A Math 150 N/A N/A
Imperial Valley College N/A MATH 110 HE 102 N/A
Mira Costa College N/A MATH 105 HEAL 101 N/A
Mt. San Jacinto College N/A MATH 155 HS 121 N/A
National University TED 606 MTH 209A HED X1101X SPD 608
Palomar College N/A MATH 105 HE 100 or CHDV 120 N/A
Point Loma Nazarene University N/A MTH 2013 N/A EDU 4004 or EDU 6002
San Diego Christian College N/A MA 303 BIO 300 N/A
San Diego Community Colleges (City/ Mesa/ Miramar) N/A MATH 210A HEAL 101, 190 or 195 N/A
Southwestern College N/A MATH 110 HLTH 101 or HLTH 280 N/A
UCSD EDS 117 or SOCI 117 N/A N/A N/A
UCSD Extension EDUC 31217 N/A EDUC 30057 EDUC 30146
University of Phoenix N/A MTH 213 N/A N/A
USD ED 381C MATH 200 N/A EDSP 389

 * these pre-req equivalents can only be used for Multiple and Single Subject credential applicants applying to the Bilingual (DLE) and non-Bilingual (STE) credential program. 

Special Education credential applicants must take SPED 450 (3 units) at SDSU.

Course Equivalencies for Other Schools

The courses in the table above are approved equivalents and may be used to meet the prerequisite requirements.

If you have taken a course or want to take a course outside the San Diego area, please email [email protected] to get equivalent course information for our pre-requisites for other schools in California. 

If you have/plan to take the pre-requisites outside of California or for any courses not recognized as equivalents by the School of Teacher Education, a Request for Adjustment of Credential Requirement Form must be submitted with supporting materials (course syllabus & copy of transcript) for department review.

Bilingual Credential applicants

Bilingual Credential applicants, if you need to submit a petition for a pre-requisite course, please use the Bilingual Petition form. Please include an unofficial transcript and/ or other supporting documentation when submitting this form for department review. You can email the completed petition along with these documents to Stephanie Kearney at [email protected].

Special Education applicants

Special Education does NOT have a list of approved equivalent courses. If you have taken classes that you think are similar to these pre-requisites you can petition the course(s). To do so, complete the SPED petition form along with supporting materials (course syllabus & copy of transcript) for faculty review. These items can be emailed to Stephanie Kearney at [email protected].


Questions & advising

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