Master of Science in Education + Teacher Credential Programs (MS)

This interdisciplinary Master of Science in Education offers quality and personalized instruction that will prepare you to teach all learners.

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Students of Dominican’s Teacher Preparation Program develop a broad range of knowledge, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills that are an asset in any workplace.

Through small class sizes and individualized attention, students have the opportunity to explore pedagogy and teaching strategies that address the needs of diverse learners, including English learners and students with special needs and gifts.

Program Highlights

  • Focus your studies on the population you most wish to serve.
  • Gain real-world experience by participating in fieldwork based on your area of specialization.
  • Take foundational coursework in equity in education, differentiated instruction for inclusive classrooms and instructional technology.


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Program Format

Dominican provides full-time and part-time course offerings through the Education Master's program to fit students’ needs and schedules. Supervised student teaching and internship options in the Bay Area are also part of this immersive program.

Our Teacher Preparation Programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to prepare and recommend candidates for Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Instruction credentials. Review the Title II Reports compiled by the the CCTC for specific information regarding the Teacher Preparation Programs at Dominican, including the pass rates for CBEST and CSET. Coursework can culminate in a Master of Science in Education degree with the completion of additional units.   

Career Paths

Students receiving this degree are prepared for a wide range of advancement opportunities, including elementary and secondary school teaching positions, resource teaching positions, administrator roles, and school principal.

The University's robust connections with the region's school districts provided excellent field-training placements and employment possibilities." — Ross Sargent, MS in Education with Teacher Preparation


The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential authorizes graduates to teach in a self-contained classroom like those in most elementary schools (K-6). Multiple subject credential holders could also be assigned to teach preschool, K-12, or classes for adults.


The Preliminary Single Subject Credential authorizes graduates to seek employment as a single-subject teacher in a secondary setting. A student authorized to teach single-subject instruction may be assigned to middle school, junior high, and senior high school levels.


The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential authorizes graduates to seek employment as a special education teacher. This includes teaching students with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional disturbances, Dyslexia and other health impairments.



Students who have received a Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential (Multiple or Single Subject Credential) can add an Education Specialist Credential.


The Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate for Multiple or Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to seek employment as a special education teacher and as a single or multiple-subject teacher.


Admissions and Aid

A Bachelor’s degree its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to our graduate programs.

  1. Completed Application — Apply now!
  2. Official Transcript(s)
    Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be sent directly in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

    Send to: 
    Dominican University of California
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    50 Acacia Ave. 
    San Rafael, 94901
  3. GPA of 3.0
    A grade point average of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate course work.
  4. Resume
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
    Letters may be academic or professional. They may be on letterhead, or sent via our online application.
  6. Statement of Purpose or Intent
    Please respond to each of the following in a typed essay:
    • Why have you chosen teaching as a profession? What qualities do you believe make you personally suited for teaching in the credential area (i.e., single subject, multiple subject, education specialist) in which you intend to teach?
    • Recognizing that public school students are diverse in their cultures, languages, and learning needs, what do you think will be the implications for you as a classroom teacher?
    • What are your specific strengths and areas for growth as a prospective teacher?
    • What paid or volunteer experiences have you had working with students in the credential area (i.e., single subject, multiple subject, education specialist) in which you intend to teach? Please describe them.
    • What is your current knowledge and skill with computer-based technology? Describe your skill level.
  7. Meet the Basic Skills (CBEST) Requirement
    The Basic Skills (CBEST) Requirement is not required for admissions into the program, however, all credential candidates must fulfill CBEST before candidates can move to full-time student teaching in spring 2021. Basic Skills may be met by any of the following methods:
    • The CBEST
    • The Multiple Subject CSET plus the CSET Writing Skills subtest
    • The College Board SAT (English score of 500 or above and a Math score of 550 or above)
    • The ACT (English score of 22 or above and a Math score of 23 or above)
    • College Board AP Examinations (Scores of 3 or above, contact Admissions for approved exams)
    • CSU EAP ("College Ready" or "Exempt")
    • CSU Placement Exams (EPT score of 151 or above and a ELM score of 50 or above)
  8. Completed Certificate of Clearance (COC) or Valid Credential
    All credential candidates must have current fingerprint records and an approved background check on file with the CTC. Fingerprint information (COC).
  9. Meet the Subject Matter Competency (CSET) Requirements
    This requirement is met by receiving passing scores on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or through the completion of a commission-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program in the subject area for which you are seeking a credential.

    CSET scores or registration are not required for admissions into the program, however, all sections of the CSET must be passed before students can move to full time student teaching in spring 2021. (Scores must be verified through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Exams by a Credential Analyst, Program Manager or Assistant).
  10. Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) Course
    (Must be taken prior to the end of the first semester.)
  11. Personal Interview
    If needed you will be contacted by the Admissions Committee if they wish to interview you. 
  12. International Applicants
    International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.
  13. Additional Requirements for Internship Candidates
    • 120 hours of pre-service teaching experience
    • Basic Skill Requirement met (see program requirements for options)
    • Successful completion of a U.S. Constitution course or examination
    • Issuance of Certificate of Clearance or valid Emergency Permit, Pre-intern Certificate, or Internship Credential
    • Completion of an approved academic content course of study or submission of official passing scores on the CSET examination
    • Concurrent intern placement in a cooperating school district

Fall 2020

Deadline July 31, 2020

Spring 2021

Priority Deadline December 1, 2020

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We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid, scholarships and loans. 

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Faculty and Staff

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Katie Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Multiple Subject Credential Program
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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Rosemarie Michaels, EdD, MEd

Education Studies Program Director Liberal Studies Program Director
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Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD

Chair, Department of Education Associate Professor
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager
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Carol (Therese) Tucker

Data and Reporting Manager for Accreditation & IRB Process
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator