Undergraduate Pathways

Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways (E-TPP) provides individualized roadmaps for undergraduate students majoring in Liberal Studies (LS) or Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) to become elementary teachers, including bilingual teachers in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. The E-TPP integrates requirements for subject matter preparation, general education, major requirements and allows students to begin the Multiple Subjects Credential courses with the option of Bilingual Authorization—all within four years of undergraduate study. Through the E-TPP advising pathways, LS and CAD majors will complete all requirements to become an elementary teacher and enter the credential program prior to completing their Bachelor’s Degree, while waiving the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) requirement. Completion of the credential will require post-BA course work and practicum.

Planned for implementation in Fall 2019, the Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education (LSITE) program will integrate all components of the subject matter waiver, general education, major requirements, Multiple Subjects Credential and optional Bilingual Authorization with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree. LSITE graduates will be eligible to enter elementary school teaching positions upon graduation with the BA and credential in four years.

Learn more about the E-TPP

Students at SF State in the Liberal Studies or Child and Adolescent Development majors may complete the E-TPP advising pathways, upon advisement. Students in either of these majors with an interest in becoming an elementary teacher have the opportunity to begin specific courses to meet credential requirements in lower division coursework at SF State or partnering Community Colleges. At the upper division level, students will be prepared to enter and begin credential courses while completing major requirements in LS or CAD. The most important requirement is the student’s own goal to become an elementary teacher. Bilingual students in Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) are particularly encouraged, as the need for teachers in these areas is significant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information on the E-TPP pathway, please visit: https://gcoe.sfsu.edu/content/e-tpp.

The E-TPP is a collaboration between the Department of Elementary Education in the Graduate College of Education; Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts; and Child and Adolescent Development in the College of Health and Social Sciences. Through coordinated advising across LS and CAD majors and Elementary Education, students will receive ongoing advising to complete specific courses and fieldwork requirements. In each of the colleges, designated advisors are available to support student success and to access individualized resources.

Students interested in the E-TPP advising pathways may contact any of the following advisors:

Graduate College of Education
Kimberly Correa, Undergraduate Program Advisor
Burk Hall 311
 (415) 405-4173

Graduate College of Education
Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Chair
Department of Elementary Education
 (415) 338-7636

College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Andrea Olson, Advisor
Liberal Studies Program
 (415) 338-6927

College of Health and Social Sciences
CAD Faculty Advisors
Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD)
 (415) 405-3564

Education Minor

The Graduate College of Education offers Undergraduate pathways to careers in Education.

The EDUC Minor prepares undergraduate students to explore and to prepare for careers as professional educators at the post-baccalaureate level. Courses are designed to include foundations of education roles in a variety of settings that include working with young children; students in elementary school and high school; and adults. Hands-on experience is a component of each course in the EDUC Minor and enables students to complete fieldwork requirements to enter credential programs following completion of the Bachelor's Degree. Students may satisfy both a minor and complementary studies requirements through the 12-credit EDUC Minor. Assistance and advising to complete requirements for application and admission to credential programs is provided to all EDUC Minor students.

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The EDUC Minor consists of 12 units. Students may complete a maximum of 6 lower division units and are required to complete a minimum of 6 upper division units. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required in the minor.

Classes Offered at San Francisco State:

Topical Area: Education in American Society

EDUC/S ED 200: Introduction to Teaching and Education (D-1)
EDUC/S ED 200: Introduction to Teaching and Education (D-1)
EDUC/S ED 300: Education and Society (UD-D, SJ)

Topical Area: Teaching in Action

EDUC 250: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom (D-1)
EDUC 250: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom (D-1)

Topical Area: Equity and Social Justice in Education

C D 300: Human Communicative Disorders (UD-D)
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D)
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D)
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D)
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D)

Topical Area: Professional Educators and Communities

EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ)
EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ)
EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ)
EDUC/E ED 639: Bilingual Education in the U.S. (UD-D)
EDUC/E ED 681: Teaching Language and Literature for Children and Adolescents (UD-C)
E ED 655: Hands on Undergraduate Science Education Experience

To declare the minor or for advising, please visit The Education Advising Community Hub (TEACH) in Burk Hall 311 or send an e-mail to edminor@sfsu.edu.

Early Childhood Education

The Department of Elementary Education offers Early Childhood Education courses for students who are interested in learning how to educate young children. Our early childhood education courses prepare candidates to teach young children at different developmental stages in general, inclusive, and/or bilingual education settings from birth to 8 years old. Each course is developed to meet the program learning goals as below:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To develop an ability to work with and learn from other early childhood professionals.
  • To understand the importance of curriculum development that is based on individualization; teaching and learning styles; social and cultural expectations
  • To identify knowledge of areas of development involved during the early childhood period and an understanding of how to develop curriculum supporting those areas at different developmental levels
  • To understand developmentally and culturally appropriate California infant/toddler and preschool learning foundations
  • To be able to understand and develop appropriate guidance strategies

These urban-centered, field-based courses are designed to give you a mastery of the play and inquiry based preschool and elementary school curriculum Through fieldwork with all early childhood age groups in a variety of educational and community-based settings in both general education, you will learn to create and adapt environments that allow all children to reach their maximum potential.

Learn More about the Early Childhood Education Courses

EED 306

Collaborations and Partnerships with Families in ECE

EED 600

Advanced Issues in Child Development and Learning

EED 602

Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE

EED 603

Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Dev.

EED 604

Advanced Issues in Collaboration with Families and Community in ECE

EED 605

Supervised Student Teaching in Observation and Evaluation in ECE

EED 607

Leadership and Administration in ECE

EED 608

Supervised Student Teaching: ECE Curriculum 

EED 610

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children

EED 611

Advanced Issues in Infant-Toddler Education and Care

EED 613 

Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE

EED 614

Science, Math, and Technology Curricula in ECE

EED 615

Environmental Education in ECE

EED 616

Language and Literacy in Multilingual ECE Settings

EED 617

Motor Development and Outdoor Education in ECE

EED 619

Children’s Play: Theory and Practice

EED 668

Multicultural Education and Social Justice for Young Children

Graduate Students in MA: ECE can take upto 6 units of ECE courses for their electives.

If you have any additional questions about the ECE courses, please feel free to contact Mina Kim, coordinator at minakim@sfsu.edu.