Become a Teacher
Local school districts anticipate needing thousands of new teachers in the next few years. For individuals who are committed to making a positive difference for students, this is a fantastic time to pursue a teaching credential. No matter your major, you can start preparing today for a career in teaching.
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!
ITEP 4-year Undergraduate Major Plus Credential
The Integrated Teacher Education Programs (ITEP) pathway typically takes 4 years and combines a bachelor's and credential program so that you can complete your general education, major and credential coursework, and student teaching within the 4 years it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.
5-year, Stand-alone Credential
The stand-alone credential pathway typically requires 5 years and involves earning a bachelor's degree (including general education and major coursework) and completing credential prerequisites; this generally takes 4 years. Then you must complete a credential program that includes credential coursework and student teaching; this can be completed in two to three semesters.