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Teacher Education Department

Teacher Education

Welcome to Mesa's Teacher Education Page

San Diego Mesa College Students may elect to complete lower-division Teacher Education courses at SD Mesa College. Afterwards, students are highly encouraged to transfer to a CSU, UC, or Independent/Private University to complete the baccalaureate degree and teaching credential. Students have the opportunity to become professionally competent teachers and excellent leaders in the field of education!

Services Offered

  • Support students who are looking for a path to teacher education
  • Update Students on curent information regarding university teacher education programs
  • Provide information on California teaching testing requirements
  • Provide in-class presentations and workshops

DEBER Scholars

The DEBER ("Developing Effective Bilingual Educators with Resources") Scholars Program prepares linguistically and culturally diverse students to become teachers who wish to teach in school districts throughout San Diego County. Learn more and sign up to be a DEBER Scholar

STEM Teacher Ed Scholars

The San Diego Mesa College Teacher Education Program offers students who want to become STEM middle school and high school teachers the support and guidance necessary to follow this Teacher Ed Pathway. Our goal is to prepare students on this pathway at Mesa to become linguistically and culturally diverse STEM teachers who will teach at school districts in San Diego County. Learn more and sign up to be a STEM Teacher Ed Scholar



In California, the Single Subject Teaching Credential is the appropriate credential to teach a special subject, such as Math or English in a departmentalized classroom at the middle school or high school level. This credential authorizes credentialed school teaching in a departmentalized classroom in grades 6 through 12. For more information on this credential, see your Tch Ed counselor: Gabriel Adona  and view the information for your particular major in 


Integrated teacher education programs (ITEP) Pathway

The ITEP pathway integrates the bachelor's and credential program so that you can complete your major and credential coursework, and student teaching within the time it takes you to earn a bachelor's degree. 

Where can I go with my degree in Teacher Education?

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(begin Fall 2020)  
(tuition and fees only)
CSET waivers
(don’t need to take CSET exams)
Accelerated option?
(Credential achieved in 4 yrs)
Financial incentives Additional Info
*SDSU 7,510 Elementary;
High School Math and Chemistry  
ITEP in Elementary;
Single Subject Math and Chemistry
Scholarships and financial aid: if Hispanic, $500.00 for books, etc. while at CC (pending)  
*UCSD 14,451 Math and Biology: Chemistry pending None so far Scholarships and financial aid Ed Science major.  Computer science minor pending
*CSU San Marcos 7,713 Elementary;
High school Math and History
ITEP Potential in future for elementary Scholarships and financial aid:  STEM money STEM tutoring: extra support for Hispanic students
*USD 49,358 None Available for Single Subject STEM options Scholarships and potential help for STEM majors  
*National Special program: 0-7,000 depending on need none 4 yr to get BA/math with addition of  student teaching Low or no cost for HS majors, SPED and some El Ed if agree to teach locally for 3 yrs.  
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   California Basic Educational Skills Test 

  •    CBEST
  •    Mesa no longer provides a CBEST prep.                 Check with other local colleges

   California Subject Examinations for Teachers    (CSET)