Data from key assessments used at entry to program
All initial and advanced programs have a three level admissions process. The first level determines if candidates have the educational requirements for entry into each program. These requirements are checked as part of the application review process. If an applicant does not meet the entry requirements, his/her application may not be sent to the second level of review.
The second level involves a review of the applications by program faculty. Each credential or program (teacher preparation, counselor preparation, and administrator preparation) has a program-specific rubric that faculty complete as they review the application. Candidates submit an essay as part of the admissions process, which is evaluated for dispositions and experience within the rubric criteria.
If a candidate meets an acceptable level on the evaluation rubric, he or she moves to an interview by faculty members. Most interviews are conducted in person, and phone interviews are used for candidates who are living out of state or out of the country. Each program of study has an interview protocol that is unique to that program and includes dispositions particular to that area of specialization.
For initial teacher candidates in elementary, secondary and special education programs, candidates are required to pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) by the time they complete their second course in the program. Undergraduate students may take two courses before a formal application to the program is made.
There is an additional level of review for entry into both the preliminary administrative services credential program and the professional administrative services credential program. Because these programs are designed for master teachers, applicants are observed in their classrooms by USD program personnel. An observation rubric is scored and those ratings are factored into the decision that is made.
Detailed data from rubrics and interviews and admissions decisions are presented by program:
- Teacher Education Candidates: MAT, MEd (Curriculum and Instruction; TESOL, Literacy and Culture; Mathematics, Science and Technology Education: Special Education)
- School Counseling (MA in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling Credential)
- Preliminary Administrative Services Credential