MS in Education Plus Teacher Preparation

Become a leader in education while preparing to teach in California. Build your connections across the San Francisco Bay Area, including Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Sonoma, among others.

Graduate Dominican Student

Program Overview 

Kick start your teaching career in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our teacher preparation programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to prepare and recommend candidates for credentials. Graduates of our program are well-rounded, and prepared to instruct a diverse student population. Our highly successful teacher education program is recognized for its comprehensive and innovative training with our small class sizes, individualized attention and supportive learning community.

Merit-based scholarships of 10% to 30% are available! Visit our scholarship page for more information. 

Programs Offered

We offer the following teacher preparation programs: 

  • Multiple Subject 
  • Single Subject 
  • Education Specialist 
  • Dual Credential: Multiple or Single Subject/Education Specialist 

Visit our webpage for more information on the program. 


Admission Requirements

1. Complete your application

Complete your online application.
Fall only admission for all programs.  

2. Bachelor's Degree

You must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

3. Official Transcript

Submit an official transcript from each college or university that you have attended. Include all undergraduate and graduate studies. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university.

4. 3.0 GPA

A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate course work.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters may be academic or professional. They may be on letterhead, or sent electronically on our online application. 

6. Resume

7. 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.

8. Meet the Basic Skills (CBEST) Requirement

All credential candidates must fulfill the Basic Skills (CBEST) Requirement prior to admission into the Teacher Preparation program.

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)

9. 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).

  • Obtain a Request for Live Scan Services Form. The Request for Live Scan Services Form is available here.  
  • Complete the Live Scan (fingerprinting) process at a local law enforcement agency For Live Scan locations near you, click here.  
  • Apply for a COC using the online application process found on the CTC website.
  • Upon receipt of the email from the CTC that your Certificate of Clearance has been granted, please forward email to Graduate Admissions ([email protected]) if you are not yet admitted, OR to Carolyn Shaw (Credential Analyst), [email protected] if you already enrolled.

10. Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire, TB Skin Test, or Chest X-ray

11. 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 they are seeking a credential. (Subject Matter Waiver)

All graduate candidates are required to take all sections of the CSET by the end of the 1st semester in their credential program. Part-time graduate candidates are required to take all sections of the CSET by the end of the 1st semester in their credential program. Full-time graduate candidates must pass the majority of their subtests prior to August 1st. Undergraduate candidates are required to take all sections of the CSET by the end of their junior year. The majority of the subtests must be passed prior to placement in a school. All subtests must be passed prior to Student Teaching or an Internship. (Scores must be verified through by a Credential Analyst, Program Manager or Assistant).

12. Interview with the Admissions Committee, if needed

You will be contacted by the Admissions Committee if they desire to interview you. 

13. Additional Requirements for Internship Candidates

  • Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) Course - Co-requirement must be taken prior to the end of the first semester.
  • 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: International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements, outlined here.


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