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ITEP 4-Year Program

On this page: Learn about pursuing a teaching career via the 4-year ITEP program.


To ease the growing K-12 shortage in California, California policymakers have made it possible for teacher preparation programs to provide “Integrated Teacher Education Programs” (ITEP).

ITEP combines the study of academic subjects with professional preparation courses and field experiences.

Currently, CSU teacher preparation programs are structured as fifth-year programs. Students first must earn a bachelor's degree in a discipline in 4 years and then enroll in a fifth-year teacher preparation program. ITEP allows students to enter the teaching profession immediately upon graduation.

ITEP Grant participants are working with faculty from various majors, community colleges, and SDSU's College of Education teacher preparation program faculty to redesign programs to prepare candidates who will educate today's elementary and secondary students.

Photo: Dean Joseph Johnson

ITEP offers many possibilities for our students.

4-year program

“By creating a 4-year integrated program, we will create opportunities for students to earn both their bachelor's degree and their teaching credential in 4 years.”
—Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Dean of SDSU’s College of Education

Critical need areas

SDSU was the only CSU campus which applied for and received 4 grants totaling almost $1,000,000 from the Integrated Program Grants from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Funds will be used to expand the number of teacher candidates seeking credentials in the areas that are most needed:


Candidates in the Bilingual Education ITEP will earn a B.A. in Child and Family Development and a multiple subject credential with bilingual authorization to teach in K-6 bilingual and dual language programs.

Math / Science

Candidates in the Science/Math ITEP will earn a B.A. in mathematics or a specific science and a single subject credential to teach in middle and high schools. Candidates in the Foundational Science/Math ITEP will earn a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a foundational single subject credential to teach in middle schools.

Special Education

Candidates in the Special Education ITEP will earn either a B.A. in Child and Family Development and an Early Childhood Special Education credential or a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an Education Specialist credential.

In addition, the School of Teacher Education is working on developing an ITEP pathway for Liberal Studies majors to earn a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject teaching credential in addition to a CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) waiver.

When will the ITEP program become available?

SDSU is planning to offer these ITEP options as early as Fall 2018. Questions? Contact Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Coordinator/Director, Department of Liberal Studies.

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