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Urban Dual Credential Program ITEP Pathway

The Urban Dual Credential Program is a two-year, clinical program that combines the study of academic subjects aligned to Common Core State standards for the K-8 curriculum with professional preparation courses and clinical field experiences leading to both a Multiple Subject Credential and an Education Specialist Credential. Candidates with these dual credentials are authorized to teach all students in K-8 general and special education settings.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential and a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and/or Moderate/Severe Disabilities.
Further information about the Urban Dual Credential Program can be obtained from the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in the College of Education at (562) 985-1105 or online at


Students should apply during the Spring semester prior to beginning UDCP coursework. Pre- program advisement and brochure materials are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (EED-67). Applicants must:

1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree and be admitted to the University as a post-baccalaureate (credential) student. (Note that application to the University is a separate process. Apply through
2. Submit Urban Dual Credential Program application by the posted application deadline.
3. Attain a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted.
4. Complete and pass an interview with program faculty.
5. Submit two letters of recommendation
educational training, relevant teaching, and other related experiences.
6. Submit a typed personal statement describing why you have chosen teaching as a career, the training, talents and experiences you bring to teaching all students including those with disabilities, what you hope to accomplish as a dually credentialed teacher, and how you view the role of the teacher.
7. Submit a negative tuberculosis skin test taken within the last four years or chest X-ray taken within the last eight years. Tuberculosis clearance must be valid through student teaching.
8. Submit one photocopy of all university and/or college transcripts.
9. Submit proof of having taken the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Note: You must take all three parts of the test. (Passage of the exam is required to advance to student teaching.) For alternatives to CBEST contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.
10. Attach a copy of a Certificate of Clearance, or a photocopy of a California emergency/substitute teaching permit.
11. Provide documentation of a structured field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 general
education classroom setting.
12. Demonstrate ability to communicate orally in English at the level required of public school teachers by demonstration of English production skills through an oral interview with program faculty.
13. Demonstrate character and personality traits that satisfy the standards of the teaching profession and suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools through the application documentation and personal interview. Candidates must continue to demonstrate appropriate character and personality traits through completion of the program.
14. Please visit the program website for the program application form and list of required materials to be submitted.

UDCP Program Requirements

Take the following UDCP credential coursework (54 units):

  • Group 1. Special Education Foundations: UDCP 400 (2) and UDCP 414 (1)
  • Group 2. Teaching and Learning Reading and Language Arts, K-8: UDCP 410 (4) and
    UDCP 411 (4)
  • Group 3. Human Development, Diversity and Equity: EDP 301 (3), UDCP 402 (3) and
    EDSP 454 (3)
  • Group 4. Teaching and Learning Mathematics, K-8: EDEL 462 (3) and UDCP 415 (2)
  • Group 5. Assessment of Students: EDSP 564 (3)
  • Group 6. Managing the Teaching and Learning Environment: UDCP 401 (3)
  • Group 7. Teaching and Learning History-Social Science, K-8: EDEL 472 (3)
  • Group 8. Teaching and Learning Science, K-8: SCED 475 (3)
  • Group 9. Teaching and Learning Art, Health, and Physical Education: UDCP 407 (2)
  • Group 10. Methods for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities: EDSP 578 (3)
  • Group 11: Student Teaching in General Education and Special Education Settings: UDCP 420 (Multiple Subjects) (6) and UDCP 422 (Mild/Moderate) or UDCP 423 (Moderate/Severe) (6)
    Candidates will need to pass the CSET, RICA and California Teaching Performance Assessments

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