Education Studies

If you are inspired to become an elementary school teacher and/or a special education 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 provides intellectual tools, professional experiences, and reflective conversations that enable students to make a difference as teachers in a diverse world.

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, and can add an Education Specialist Credential in just one additional semester.


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. 

You also have the option of applying to the Master’s degree program in your junior year to earn a SPED credential in just one semester after graduation.

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 private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Master’s Degree 4+1

During junior year, students may apply to the Master’s of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education or Interdisciplinary Studies. Students complete preparation for the Education Specialist credential as a graduate student after completion of their undergraduate degree.

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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

Assistant Professor and Director of Multiple Subject Credential Program
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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Vickie Hall, MSBA, MA, MBA

Data and Reporting Manager for Accreditation
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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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