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!

Comparison of Two Pathways

Below is a graphic that compares the 2 pathways at SDSU leading to a preliminary teaching credential.

Traditional Pathway

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.

ITEP Pathway

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.

Infographic comparing the traditional pathway with the new ITEP pathway
Infographic of traditional pathway

Infographic of ITEP pathway



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)
Special 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.

Next Steps

Traditional Programs

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Attend an Info Session

Sessions include general info regarding application requirements for our credential programs.


Watch a Virtual Info Session

Watch from the comfort of your own home. The presentation includes general info regarding application requirements for our credential programs.


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Meet with an Advisor

Talk to an advisor to find out which program works best for you. We recommend you attend an info session or watch the virtual info session before meeting with an advisor.


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How to Apply

Learn about prerequisite courses, exams and deadlines for the CSU and program applications.

ITEP Programs

Learn more about the ITEP 4-year Teacher Preparation Programs.
Major Specific Questions

Alison Sternal & Michelle Xiong 

Child & Family Development for Early Childhood Special Education Teaching

Liberal Studies for Multiple Subject (Elementary) Teaching

Dr. Chris Rasmussen

Mathematics for Single Subject Teaching

Dr. David Pullman

Chemistry for Single Subject Teaching

Dr. Brian Adams

Social Science for Single Subject Teaching

General Questions

TESTIMONIALS: Hear Directly from Our Graduates

Why I Chose to Teach...

Lennelle science teacher


featuring Lenelle Wylie, High School Biology Teacher

Joe science teacher


featuring Joe Garland, Middle School Math Teacher

Sofia bilingual teacher


featuring Sofia De La Garza, Bilingual Elementary School Teacher

sarah sped teacher


featuring Sarah Latoski-Jimenez, High School Special Ed. Teacher
and Angelia (Niecy) Watkins, Past Special Ed. Teacher and Current Special Ed. Administrator




California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue  licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C). I

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Office for Student Success ([email protected]).