Teacher Credential + Master of Science in Education (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.
Application Deadlines Tuition Rate Per Unit Number of Units Format and Length
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

View Tuition and Financial Aid Information for details.
48-64 Units

Depending on your specific program, the number of units varies.
(online and in-person)

12-24 months
Contact Us. Reach out to an Admissions counselor by phone (415) 485-3280, email allyse.rudolph@dominican.edu, or register for a counseling appointment


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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

Admissions and Financial 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). Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican here.
  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 admission into the program, however, all credential candidates must fulfill CBEST before candidates can move to full-time student teaching. 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 admission into the program, however, all sections of the CSET must be passed prior to recommendation for the credential. (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

Please note: Criminal background checks, or information relating to a student’s criminal background, are not used as part of the admissions process at Dominican University of California (DUOC). Students should be aware that some programs train students to sit for the State of California or national licensure and certification examinations that qualify them to work in the field relating to their program of choice.

The following programs constitute a list of 2021/2022 DUOC programs that train for licensure or certification: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistants, Counseling Psychology, Art Therapy (Marriage & Family Therapy), and Education. 

Students with questions relating to criminal background requirements, who wish to enroll in these programs at DUOC should speak to an Academic Advisor and reference the specific qualifications for degree completion, and license or certification. 

If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.

Fall Deadline July 1
Spring Deadline December 1

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Masters in Education graduate students are eligible for several Graduate Admissions scholarships when they meet the priority application deadline. We also offer a Marin Teachers of Color Scholarship to qualified applicants. You may also visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. 

Tuition and Aid

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

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

Tuition and Aid


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.


Program Format and Career Paths

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 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.   

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.

Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (formerly BCLAD) 

One pathway to earn a Bilingual Authorization is through examination. Students are able to sit for these exams while completing their credential coursework at Dominican. Test preparation resources are provided to students interested in earning their Bilingual Authorization. 

To add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish to your teaching credential, you need to: 

  • Obtain a valid California teaching credential.
  • Pass the following CSET Exams: 
    1. Spanish Subtest III: Language and Communication
    2. Spanish Subtest IV: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
    3. Spanish Subtest V: Geographic and Historical Contexts
  • If you complete your exams before finishing the credential program, our Credential Analyst can include the recommendation for a Bilingual Authorization with your credential application to the CTC.

For complete details and information, please see the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Leaflet CL-628B. For questions, please contact Julie Grellas.

Faculty and Staff

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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator
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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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Karen Markowitz, MEd

Credential Analyst & Assessment Manager
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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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Carol (Therese) Tucker

Data and Reporting Manager for Accreditation & IRB Process