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Teacher Education Department

About 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

  • Identify and support future teachers
  • Provide current information regarding university teacher education programs
  • Provide information on California teaching testing requirements
  • Provide in-class presentations and workshops


In California, the appropriate credential to teach in an elementary school setting is the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. This credential authorizes credentialed school teaching in a self-contained classroom in kindergarten and grades 1 through 8. A self-contained classroom is most often found at the elementary school level. Mesa provides courses that lead to this credential in its Liberal Studies Program. It's advised to see the Tch Ed counselor: Gabriel Adona ( for more specific information about pursuing this major. 


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 



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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)