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.



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!


Pathway One

ITEP 4-Year Undergraduate Major
Plus Credential


Infographic of ITEP 4-year pathway

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.

Majors Offering ITEP Pathway

ITEPs for high-need subject areas are now recruiting in the following SDSU undergraduate majors:

  • Child & Family Development
    Special Education Credential, Early Childhood Specialization
  • Liberal Studies
    Multiple Subject* Credential
    Bilingual Multiple Subject* Credential
    Special Education Credential, Mild/Moderate Support Needs Specialization
    Special Education Credential, Extensive Support Needs Specialization
  • 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.

*A multiple subject credential is usually used for elementary school teaching.

Who is the ITEP pathway for?

  • Those who do not currently hold a bachelor's degree
  • Usually high school students or local San Diego community college students (see ITEP Community College Partners)
  • Those who know they want to be a teacher at the beginning of their higher education career
  • Those who want to be in a major designed for future teachers


Pathway Two

5TH Year Stand-Alone Credential


Infographic about 5-year pathway

The second 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 which includes credential coursework and student teaching; this can be completed in two to three semesters.

Teaching Credential Subject Areas

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

Who is the credential pathway for?

  • Those who already hold a bachelor's degree (or higher)
  • Those who are in their last two years of undergraduate studies
  • Those who may have realized later in their higher education career that teaching is their calling



Why I Chose to Teach...


science teacher working in lab with student


math teacher in classroom, students hands raised


biligual teacher interviewed at SDSU


special ed teacher smiling in classroom




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

Major Specific Questions

Only the following majors offer the ITEP pathway. If you want to learn more, contact an advisor for the specific programs below.

Child & Family Development for Early Childhood Special Education Teaching

Advisors: Alison Sternal & Christine Cortez
Email: [email protected]

Liberal Studies for Multiple Subject (Elementary) Teaching

Advisors: Alison Sternal & Christine Cortez
Email: [email protected]
Website: Liberal Studies Program

Mathematics for Single Subject Teaching

Advisor: Steven Klass
Email: [email protected]

Chemistry for Single Subject Teaching

Advisor: Dr. David Pullman
Email: [email protected]

Social Science for Single Subject Teaching

Advisor: Dr. Brian Adams
Email: [email protected]



group session

Attend an Info Session

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


advising session

Meet with an Advisor

Talk to an advisor to find out which program works best for you.


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How to Apply

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

General Questions

For general questions about teaching pathways, contact [email protected].



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