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!
Comparison of Two Pathways
Below is a graphic that compares the 2 pathways at SDSU leading to a preliminary teaching credential.
The traditional pathway typically takes 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 future teachers must complete a credential program which includes credential coursework and student teaching; this can be completed in as little as one year.
The ITEP pathway typically takes 4 years and integrates the 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.
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 to Moderate Specialization
- Extensive Support Needs 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.
ITEPs for high-need subject areas are now recruiting in the following SDSU undergraduate majors:
- Child & Family Development
Credential in early childhood special education
- Liberal Studies
Credential in multiple subjects (elementary)
(options for bilingual and special education are anticipated to be available Fall 2021)
- Mathematics for Single Subject Teaching
Credential in single subject math
- Chemistry for Single Subject Teaching
Credential in single subject chemistry
- Social Science for Single Subject Teaching
Credential in single subject social science
ITEP is not available to those who have already obtained a bachelor's degree.
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
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