Office: Sweeney Hall 305
Mark K. Felton
Patricia Swanson, Chair
The Teacher Education Program at San José State University is California’s oldest public teacher preparatory program. We are committed to preparing the highest quality educators (PreK-12), with knowledge, skills, dispositions, and ethics to teach students in our culturally diverse and technologically complex global communities. Teaching is a reliable and rewarding profession for those desiring to influence the lives of children and adolescents.
The Teacher Education Department offers preparation for a California multiple subject (grades PK-8) or single subject (grades 9-12) teaching credential offered by the State of California to teach pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school students in a California public school. These programs are post-baccalaureate, offered at the graduate level, and are accredited by the CCTC (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing). The Teacher Education Department offers many options, including a Teaching Credential only (in multiple or single subject), a Teaching Credential plus a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree or, for experienced teachers, a Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential program with a Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) degree.
Undergraduate students intending to enter a teaching credential program, should view the Teacher Preparation section of the catalog for more information.
Two types of certificates are available: Advanced Certificates and Basic Certificates . The description of each certificate program identifies the type of certificate.
Credentials are primarily granted by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. This excludes the Credential in Spanish Language Counseling.
Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars
Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.
CoursesElementary EducationSecondary EducationTeacher Education