Learning and instruction is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Our program examines individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, curriculum delivery, classroom management, and assessment through research and hands-on experience. Using the latest technology to assist in instructional delivery and support, coursework focuses on learners and learning, instructional settings, research skills, and special education.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT: UESJ) program will explore critical, transformative pedagogies as a part of their preparation to teach in urban schools. The MAT: UESJ curriculum focuses on the complex learning strengths and needs of urban students from diverse cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates will learn through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, action research, and professional development activities.
The Teacher Education program prepares reflective practitioners who foster intellectual growth, personal development, and multicultural democratic community in their classrooms and schools. Our candidates learn how to provide their students — especially those most vulnerable to injustices — with an equitable, responsive, and empowering classroom experience. Teacher candidates are recommended by USF to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Preliminary Multiple Subjects (36 units) or Single Subject (34 units) Teaching Credential with optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.