The Undergraduate Teacher Education Center

Nicole Wickstrom '13 teacher her class

Credential Pathways

The UTEC coordinates between USF’s graduate Teacher Education Department and multiple undergraduate academic departments to ensure a dynamic, responsive curriculum for every student. By taking credential courses throughout the undergraduate years, students can accomplish their choice of the following options:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and preliminary CA Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential (4 years)

  2. A bachelor’s degree, preliminary CA Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master’s degree (5 years)

Students may earn an additional preliminary credential in Special Education by adding one year to either of the above programs.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Education Minor

The STEM Education Minor is designed to give students exposure to a range of science, technology and mathematics courses while also developing some depth in one particular area. This minor enables students to be best equipped to teach in STEM subject areas, increasing access to learning experiences in the STEM areas for future generations of diverse students. Students pursuing elementary education are strongly encouraged to pursue this minor. With a STEM Ed minor, students will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate a range of STEM disciplines to broad audiences
  • Demonstrate focused understanding of a single STEM discipline
  • Apply educational models, theories and resources to STEM disciplines
  • Articulate connections between STEM disciplines and social justice

Bilingual Authorization

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish is available to students that demonstrate satisfactory language proficiency prior to enrolling in Bilingual Authorization courses. Teachers with Bilingual Authorization are in high demand for teaching positions in the Bay Area and throughout California. Students who have, or wish to develop, proficiency in Spanish are encouraged to apply.

We are committed to preparing teachers for the linguistic diversity of California students! We are excited to offer an opportunity for UTEC students that brings together the strengths of the undergraduate Modern Languages Department with the expertise of the School of Education Spanish Bilingual Authorization Program.

Tailored to both heritage speakers of Spanish and new learners of the language, students will take up to 16 units of classes with a particular focus on community engagement. Students will have opportunities for tutoring and service learning.

The STEM minor and Bilingual Authorization options should be discussed during UTEC advising.

Student Handbook

Download our Student Handbook which contains detailed information about our Center and each of our programs. This is an extremely helpful resource for current and prospective students.

UTEC Staff

Name Office Telephone Email
Michael Rozendal
Academic Director
KA 286 (415) 422-5431
Mary Coen
Administrative Director
ED 245 (415) 422-5113
Melissa Hope
Program Manager and Adviser
ED 246 (415) 422-6321
Kahanu Salavea
Program Assistant
ED 118 (415) 422-4308