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The Department of Education develops educators who demonstrate moral and ethical purpose, apply current educational and information literacy theories, use intercultural knowledge in the classroom, and sustain professional excellence to serve the needs of a democratic and diverse society.

Quality programs in Teacher Preparation since 1924

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Dominican graduates are student-centered educators who use a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of California's diverse school-age population.  We expect our graduates to play an active role in making a positive difference in their students' lives.

The Education Department at Dominican offers a Bachelor's Degree program in Liberal Studies/Teacher Education, a Dual Degree/Dual Teaching Credential program, a Master of Science in Education and a number of Teaching Credential programs at our two locations, San Rafael and Ukiah.

BA Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation Program

The Blended Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation Program is designed for candidates who have decided, early on, that they would like to be an elementary school teacher. This major is multidisciplinary and leads to both a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential in four years. The Program integrates a variety of perspectives including humanities, science, mathematics, social science, and pedagogy. As a result, the Program equips candidates to make a difference–not just as teachers, but also as members of society.

We also offer a Dual Degree/Dual Credential program. Completion of this program leads to both a BA in Liberal Studies and MS in Education degree as well as a Preliminary Multiple Subject and Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate credential.

MS Education Degree Programs

Mission The School of Education and Counseling Psychology develops professionals committed to equity and excellence. Graduates are reflective practitioners who demonstrate ethical purpose, apply best practices, and use intercultural knowledge to serve the needs of a diverse and global society.


The School of Education and Counseling Psychology is a dynamic place to work and learn. In an increasingly diverse society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology utilizes 21st century technology to meet the needs of all students and clients. It is known for providing excellent undergraduate and graduate education, community engagement, and professional development. It is recognized for preparing highly qualified educators and counselors, and respected for its innovative curriculum.

Core Values

The core values of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology are an extension of the Dominican Core Values of study, reflection, community, and service.

Study — The School creates a passion for inquiry and knowledge requiring intellectual rigor, academic excellence, and openness to divergent perspectives.
Reflection — The School participates in a process of self-knowledge through contemplation to achieve insight, to expand awareness, and to problem-solve.
Community — The School is a collaborative learning community that develops partnerships locally and globally for the purpose of being inclusive and demonstrating respect for all in an interdependent world.
Service — The School engages in local and international educational activities that support human rights and lead to social justice.


Dominican is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All of our teacher preparation programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

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