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Pre-requisite classes

The following courses must be completed, within the past seven years, with a grade of “C”, credit or better prior to entering the program.  These courses cannot be taken concurrently with the program, but may be in progress at the time of application (or taken in the summer prior to admission into the program).  

  • ED 451, “Introduction to Multicultural Education” (3 units)
  • TE 280, “Health Education for Teachers” (1 unit) or CFD 278, "Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children" (2 units)
  • SPED 450, “Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations” (2 units) or SPED 500, “Human Exceptionality” (3 units) or CFD 590, “Children with Special Needs” (4 units)
  • *MATH 210, “Structure and Concepts of Elementary Mathematics” (3 units) Multiple Subject only


The following table shows approved pre-requisites from other schools in the San Diego area.

 College/UniversityED 451  MATH 210 TE 280 SPED 450
 CSU San Marcos EDUC 364MATH 210  EDUC 571 EDUC 501
 Chapman College EDUC 470 N/A AT 160 EDUC 471 
 Cuyamaca & Grossmont Colleges N/AMATH 125  HED 105 or 120 N/A
Imperial Valley College
 N/A MATH 110
 HE 102
 Mira Costa College N/A MATH 105 HEAL 101 N/A 
 Mt. San Jacinto College N/A MATH 155 HS 121 N/A
 National University TED 606MTH 209A  HED X1101X  SPD 608
 Palomar College N/A MATH 105 HE 100 or CHDV 120 N/A
Point Loma Nazarene University
 N/A MATH 213
 FCS 315
 EDU 404
San Diego Christian College  N/A MA 303 BIO 300 ED 431

 San Diego Community Colleges (City/Mesa/Miramar) 

 N/A MATH 210AHEAL 101, 190 or 195
 Southwestern College N/A MATH 110 HLTH 101 N/A
 UCSD EDS 117 or SOCI 117N/A N/A N/A  
 UCSD Extension EDUC 31217 N/A EDUC 30057EDUC 30146 
 USDED 381C   MATH 200 N/A EDSP 389

Please contact the School of Teacher Education for approved course equivalents at institutions not listed above.  For any courses not recognized as equivalents by the School of Teacher Education,  a “Request for Adjustment of Credential Requirement” form must be submitted with supporting materials (course syllabus & copy of transcript) for department review.


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These courses in the table to the left are approved equivalents and may be used to meet the prerequisite requirements.

If you have taken a course or want to take a course outside the San Diego area, please email to get equivalent course information for our pre-requisites for other schools in California.
If you have/plan to take the pre-requisites outside of California, then you will need to submit a “Request for Adjustment of Credential Requirement” form with supporting materials (course syllabus & copy of transcript) for department review.