Education Studies

If you are inspired to become an elementary school teacher, Education Studies is your first step. Our program develops valuable critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills to enhance whichever career path you choose.

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The Education Studies teacher preparation program develops valuable critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills to enhance whatever career path you choose including earning a BA and teaching credential in just 4 years.

The BA is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to teach in elementary schools. Students observe and participate in local elementary schools and engage in weekly seminars that integrate theory and practice, subject matter knowledge and pedagogy. This means that from your first semester, your are engaged in the content, theory, and practice of teaching and reaching every elementary school student. 

In your senior year, you will participate in a 15-week student teaching placement at a public elementary school. Mentoring, advisement, and guided field experiences support you along the way.

We also offer an expedited teacher training program unique to the Bay Area that allows students to earn both their BA and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in less than the traditional 5 years. Students can acquire a BA in Education Studies and a Multiple Subject Credential in 4 years.


Students explore multi-facets of the education field which includes building inclusive and supportive classroom communities for all students, applying culturally responsive pedagogy to classroom environments, and participating in fieldwork in K-12 classrooms. Learn more about our Minor Requirements on our course catalog.

Credential Overview

The Multiple Subject Credential Program is a preliminary elementary teacher preparation program that authorizes you to teach all subjects required of the public school curriculum, starting at a self-contained classroom kindergarten through grade six. 

Career Paths

Graduate with a broad range of knowledge and skills specifically designed for those who want to teach. Develop valuable critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills that can also be successfully translated to many occupations. 

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a top-ranked, private University like Dominican is deliberately affordable and accessible! More than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive significant financial aid through merit- and need-based scholarships as well as state and federal aid. Additionally, for most students, there is no application fee, and we don't ask for test scores. Get in touch with a counselor to learn more about your path to an exceptional college experience at Dominican!

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Faculty and Staff

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Rosemarie Michaels, MEd, EdD

Professor Education Studies Program Director
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Katie Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Multiple Subject Credential Program Faculty Development Director
Elizabeth Truesdell

Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD

Chair, Department of Education Professor of Education
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Professor and Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager, Education
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Director of School and Community Partnerships
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Alexandria Kinnee

Adjunct Instructor
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Jason Searle

Adjunct Instructor
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Katherine Wolfe

Adjunct Instructor
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Jennifer Ortiz

Adjunct Instructor
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Susan Lehman

Adjunct Instructor

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